LISTEN: Dave Zvenyach on open source and government procurement

After the launch of Code California, speakers from the December 2018 event are returning for a more in-depth conversation about open source and open government.

AGL and Code California hosted David Zvenyach, Former 18F Executive Director and nationally-recognized expert in technology procurement, for a town hall-style talk with audience questions.


  • Improving procurement = improving relationships (7:30)
  • Procurement as a “triggering event” (8:30)
  • Determining the role of open source for your agency (10:15)
  • California’s responsibility as an open source leader (16:43)
  • On failure (23:00)
  • Requirements gathering, user-centered design, and strong product management … and what openness has to do with it (27:29)
  • Getting buy-in from local government leadership (30:55)
  • Overcoming fear of working in the open (35:10)


  • Dave’s upcoming book seeks to apply the principles of the USDS Digital Services Playbook to procurement practices: Joyful Procurement
  • StackOverflow is a good open source technical resource
  • Become part of the open source community and listen deeply to those with experience (shout-out from Dave to Cyd Harrell)

Listen now

“Small tweaks to a system can have profound downstream impacts.”
- Dave Zvenyach

2019-02-13T11:45:22-08:00 February 12th, 2019|Categories: Agile government|Tags: , |

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