With a revamped online portal, the state of Washington aims to connect job-seekers with employers to boost employment numbers, according to StateScoop.
The Employment Security Department used agile methods to quickly build the most basic and helpful features that job-seekers could really use, with intentions to iterate and add more functionality later.
Dale Peinecke, the department’s commissioner, told StateScoop that the new portal is “not the typical state system” plagued by a lack of mobile functionality and other features unfriendly to users. He thinks that’s largely due to the fact that his department didn’t develop the site following traditional public sector methods, adopting an agile development strategy to get the portal ready as quickly as possible.
“Typically, a system in a state like this might take easily four years to do,” Peinecke said. “Washington is the software capital of the world, and so we took a page out of the book of our software startups and went with agile.”
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