Rob Read

Austin, TX
  • Agile
  • Software Engineering
  • Data Science
  • Robotics

Rob loves inventing and collaborating for the public good.

He works at the intersection of software development and human interactions, providing agile coaching for CivicActions teams and government clients. Rob is also a scientist, inventor, entrepreneur, and veteran of civic tech leadership. He created and leads the open-source hardware and software innovation platform Public Invention For All Humanity (PIFAH) and is a stickler for good, clean code.

Robert has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin, two patents in optics and solar energy, and several published peer-reviewed articles. He was a Presidential Innovation Fellow in 2013 and co-founded 18F. He is also fluent in Esperanto.

Things Rob has been doing

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To be a good programmer is difficult and noble.


Authored Articles

  • July 11, 2018

    An App the Foster Parent System Really Needs: What an Agile Rapid Prototyping Exercise Taught Us

  • March 03, 2017

    Human Centered Design vs. Agile Development: Adaptive Balance

  • February 11, 2015

    A Story of an Agile Workshop

  • November 26, 2014

    How to Use More Open Source in Your Next Federal IT Acquisition

  • September 08, 2014

    The Encasement Strategy: On Legacy Systems and the Importance of APIs

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