DrupalCon Portland 2013

Drupal en la Casa Blanca: software libre y datos abiertos

Leigh Heyman  · 


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all right let's uh let's get started I think we'll let folks keep starting to trickle in I know it's a sort of the five o'clock slot i'm i'm the guy between you and your beer so try to try to keep this moving along so thanks everyone

for coming really quickly my name is lee haim and i am the director of new media technologies at the White House folks who saw Greece's keynote yesterday probably heard make and mentioned me basically I run all the technical platform all the development

and operations of whitehouse gov and about a dozen or so other sites run by the website and pretty much everything except for the content itself so i'm basically again to Macon's yang he's content on platform that's kind of how that all rolls

down so i always really get excited to come to an event like this to talk about what we're doing what we're doing with open source software user engagement and stuff like that because I think when folks think of government websites and government use

of you know online technologies they don't typically think of the things that that are that are getting talked about at the conference this week and instead you know my guess is if you think about a government website you're probably thinking something

a little bit like this and a little bit less like that and I'll I'll come back to those those sites a little bit later I just kind of want to run you through some ideas of how we're how we're approaching things here there's probably two

main themes I'm going to talk about today and the first one sorta again timing back in with a lot of the stuff that dress talked about yesterday is about engagement about engagement with the users of your site in particular for us its citizens it's

you know folks who have business before the government as it were and so I'm going to talk kind of run you through today sort of how we've evolved our platform how we came to be using Drupal and open source software and how we've even how that's

enabled us to kind of change the status quo within the government in terms of the use the engagement as well as the development methodologies for these tools that we use and really talk to you today about kind of our marquee platform right now which is we

the people you saw a bit about this yesterday and and go through and actually talk about the role that that were sincerely hoping that the folks in this room and at this conference are going to play as we take this forward so our story starts in October of

2009 does anyone know what happened in 2009 in October why it's important here today anyone go ahead White House stock up what about it on Drupal thank you prior to that yeah so whitehouse.gov was launched on Drupal in October of 2009 this was obviously

sort of a pretty exciting moment for us at the White House but also in the open source community in fact I don't know if folks were here last year my my predecessor guy named Tom Cochrane was on the same stage talking about the process of getting getting

whitehouse gov on to Drupal and you know he kind of raised the interesting point that this is the only second time in the history of the country that a presidential transition also involved building a new website and so they actually they built it wasn't

the site the Drupal site that you saw initially but their first past they did it from you know conception to to production in about 70 days so but you know you heard make and say this yesterday when we talked about why we went to a platform like drupal you

know the folks who'd come off the campaign and that you know the folks who sort of been using web technologies prior to coming to the White House sort of had a new understanding and wanted to kind of change the status quo of what was of how the White House

would use the web and I think sort of previous administrations had much more of what we would all consider a a one point 0 method you know mentality and in terms of just true production of content without real sort of you know we speak you listen kind of mindset

so we wanted to change that status quo with respect to engagement but also you know relevant to this group here it meant a sea change in our ability to develop and a platform like drupal sort of change the model to where we kind of you know the things like

the modularity and the ability to reuse goddess sort of developing and implementing faster and changing the model of how we develop so after we got whitehouse gov online we started launching more sites and with Drupal we were allowed to iterate faster get

stuff up online in rapid succession keep accelerating and now we have you know over the course of the next two years we launched at least four more sites there's actually more than I'm not highlighting here each one because we're on a platform

like drupal because we have the modularity and the ability to sort of not have to build from scratch each time we keep accelerating you know each iteration and so we've sort of the thing we used to joke about is like before Drupal we had to this is you

know write an RFP for every new web form and it was a bit like that because there's a lot of sort of that what we do here that is in a certain sense different a new status quo from from how things were done in the government and so the other theme I actually

want to talk a little bit that you'll hear me kind of repeating on today is that there are some concepts that are probably pretty well established in the room here and to the community that we deal with that are still young concepts in the government and

in the government web space and one of those is just a simple sort of debate between you know folks would call waterfall vs. agile methodology and I see folks nodding heads IC folks understanding and a lot of the government procurement and sort of as it bleeds

into the development methodologies are very much focused on waterfall and I know there's a lot of people in the room here like we're like super bearish on waterfall I imagine most most web developers sort of have a very dim view of it but I will say

having spent time in the government and sort of really conceptualizing this there is a value to it it's just not here for us in the room and and even in the software space in the days of like you know shrink wrap software etc stuff when you had to like

burn things out to tape or to fpgas things like that I mean let's think for a second what is sort of the big feet waterfall where does waterfall work best right it's in a situation where the cost of post-launch changes are very expensive and if you

think about sort of the majority of the government procurement and the majority of the government projects this is actually a good thing right I mean I don't know about you guys but I kind of want my f-22 to be feature complete before it takes off right

so that's a good thing but we all know in this room why it has a bad rap with us and our colleagues is because it doesn't work well in the web space because we know that's not you know not the best way for us to work because we know that the cost

of you know the cost of post launch changes is relatively low in comparison and in fact there's value to this and so sorry you know that previous slide that I had their these are slides that I used to evangelize about agile development within the government

because it sort of takes along the x-axis sort of you know time and along the y-axis the amount of value features etc that we're building into the application and so by use of Drupal and by demonstrating over those two years that evolution of how we kept

building faster and faster getting more and more return on the initial investment on in Drupal and an open source we were able to show that actually we don't need to like have all of the requirements written in stone and that we can actually go to sort

of a more minimum viable approach get some features out and start you know iterating through and continuing to add value as we sort of clip along that x axis and why that's important today and we're going to talk to you about is because now it enabled

us to do one thing that had really never been done before beyond just using open-source software it opened up our space both are our engineering resources and our financial resources to start no longer just simply being users of open-source software and Drupal

but actually starting to produce something and here's what kind of I want to talk about today which is as folks know probably by this point September of 2011 the president speaking to a group at the United Nations General Council announced new big new

application and it spoke about two things obviously it's an online petitions platform and that means that people can petition the government and but he also said we want other people to use this he announced to a group at the United Nations General Assembly

that we would share the code that we would open source the technology and this is a huge day for us and it was essentially marked the change from simply being consumers to being producers so September shortly after the president makes that speech we launched

We the People most folks probably were at Greece's keynote yesterday and he talked about sort of this this platform and I'm gonna run you just quickly a little bit deeper through it and talk about what it actually does Jews mention it's an online

petition platform but this is something that's been around for a while and he sort of said kind of amusingly that he was never really sure how we petitioned the government before this platform came along the truth is it actually it goes goes much deeper

than that and even predates the internet does anyone know what the Olive Branch petition was no not history majors in the room no all right so the Olive Branch petition was actually certainly last last thing that occurred before the the American Revolution

and it was a petition to the king of England at the time so this idea of petitioning government is not new and even the idea of petitioning governments or government groups online is not new it's been around for quite a long time and there's a lot

of platforms out there that already exist so why would we do this when the space like already exists well we decided we could actually change the social contract we came into the White House and decided that we wanted to change the role and so we committed

and we said if you get a set number of signatures in a given amount of time you know I meet all the other terms of participation you are promised you are guaranteed a response to your petition from someone within the administration and even a couple of places

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