11 August 2016


Ben Balter talks with Dave Rael about progress in making government work better with technology, big benefits from GitHub teams, and loving software and openness

Over his career, Ben has been named one of the top 25 most influential people in government and technology and Fed 50’s Disruptor of the Year, was described by the US Chief Technology Officer as one of “the baddest of the badass innovators,” and was the winner of the Open Source People’s Choice Award. Previously, Ben served as GitHub’s Government Evangelist, leading the efforts to encourage government at all levels to adopt open source philosophies for code, for data, and for policy development.

Ben's top 3 tips for delivering more value:
  1. Ship the smallest thing possible - just get it out the door and get feedback
  2. Focus on end user value and not the technical challenge
  3. Build what 80% of your user base will use rather than focusing on the vocal minority

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