Government Technology: ‘3 Tips for Joining California’s Agile Government Vendor Pool’

Government TechnologyGovernment Technology covered CivicActions’ “How CivicActions Earned a Spot on the California Agile Government Vendor Pool” webinar.


California is preparing to expand its agile vendor pool from 11 spots to 30, which means 19 new companies will soon be added to the state’s list of pre-qualified contractors that provide user-centric design and agile software development services.

Such work is centered around an oft-discussed principle of tech culture: making the world a better, more efficient place, and competition for spots could be tight. California Department of Technology officials said in December 2016 that about 50 vendors expressed interest and attended an informational webinar on the subject.

With this in mind, companies seeking to be chosen for the pool would do well to prepare, and what better way than to learn from one of the 11 companies already in? This was CivicActions’ motivation for holding a webinar titled “How CivicActions Earned a Spot on the California Agile Government Pool.” CivicActions, an agile development company, was selected in August 2016 on the strength of a prototype it built for the California Health and Human Services Agency.

Developers, project members and designers who worked on that prototype detailed what CivicActions did to create it, doling out advice for others hoping to achieve this same feat. The one-hour presentation was packed with valuable info, and the following are three tips that stood out.

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About the Author:

Aaron co-founded CivicActions in 2004. In his role as Chief Experience Officer (CXO), he is responsible for company culture, talent acquisition, professional development and marketing.

In 2016, Aaron served at the United States Digital Service (USDS) helping improve the way the federal government procures digital services through culture change, policy reform, and strategic planning.

He brings more than 20 years of information technology, free and open source software and consulting industry experience to managing the firm and advising clients.

Prior to CivicActions, Aaron facilitated leadership and communication seminars, creating extraordinary opportunities for men and women to deepen relationships, accomplish personal goals, and realize their authentic passions. He brings this experience to the unique aspects of generating a healthy organizational culture within a distributed team.

He has presented at numerous conferences on a diverse range of interests and passions including federal procurement, organizational culture, digital strategy, free and open source software and mindfulness.

Aaron lives between Oakland, CA, Washington D.C. and San Mateo, Costa Rica, with his wife Nikki and their two daughters. He is passionate about photography, pugilism, snowboarding, podcasts, and fostering community.