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USWDS

USWDS Monthly Call - October 2020

Deceptive design patterns—also known as “Dark Patterns”
Oct 15, 2020
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Digital Analytics Program releases Web Analytics Playbook —Take a look at these considerations anyone managing a web analytics tool should keep in mind! Strategy, implementation, and action among the plays discussed. — via Digital Analytics Program

Oct 13, 2020

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Transition Post 1: General Resources from NARA and GSA—During the month of October, GAO will be sharing a series of posts on records management best practices for officials entering and exiting Federal service. Today we’d like to highlight resources made available by GSA for all agencies. They maintain the Presidential Transition Directory to connect the people helping to plan and design the next federal government with information and resources. This Directory also incorporates OMB Memo M-20-24: Implementing the Presidential Transition Act. Our staff worked with GSA to ensure records management guidance has been updated and incorporated into the Transition Directory. — via National Archives and Records Administration

Oct 09, 2020

DAP Learning Series

Analytics Case Study Part 2: Analysis

How to pull reporting and conduct analysis through the lens of your analytics strategy.
Sep 24, 2020
DevOps

A Fresh Start With DevOps - Maybe

When legacy is used to define systems less than five years old, an agency can still encounter DevOps adoption challenges where you least expect them.
Sep 22, 2020
cloud.gov

Operating Cloud Services Efficiently with Business-Driven IT

Program managers, IT acquisitions leads, and business-minded IT professionals will receive in-depth guidance to improve cloud efficiency, optimization, and effective cost controls.
Sep 22, 2020
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USWDS Monthly Call - September 2020

Join U.S. Web Design System Product Lead, Dan Williams, as we talk about the three new components for the design system.
Sep 17, 2020
Federal Crowdsourcing

Federal Crowdsourcing Webinar Series, Episode 14: Putting Open Data to Work for America’s Communities

Learn how federal agencies can leverage The Opportunity Project’s adaptable toolkit to engage cross-sector collaborators and rapidly prototype digital products powered by federal open data.
Sep 15, 2020
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Improvements to the US Web Design System Banner Content and Code —We improved the security banner that’s featured on many government websites and we encourage teams to update to this new security language as soon as possible. — via U.S. Web Design System

Sep 11, 2020

Plain Language

Plain Language Basics: Online Workshop

Take this three-hour online workshop to learn how to write and edit in plain language.
Sep 10, 2020
Customer Experience

6 Ways Government Innovators Are Building Stronger Public Services

Learn how federal agencies are using AI, data, cloud computing, customer experience, and the TTS tech stack to improve civic resources for all Americans.
Sep 09, 2020
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A Federal Guide to De-risk Government Technology Projects—Written for cross-functional teams delivering IT services to their users, the Federal Field Guide to De-risk Government Technology offers guidance to federal agencies on how to structure software development teams, write contracts, and oversee agile software activities to reduce risks and improve outcomes for end-users. — via 18F

Sep 09, 2020

Presidential Innovation Fellows

How Serving in Government Made Me a Better Designer and Product Manager

Working in U.S. government sharpened all of my product skills. Here are four practices that techies in any sector can use to build empathetic, effective products.
Sep 08, 2020
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FAS Works to Enhance Competition—Have you heard? The Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) is making exciting progress through the Federal Marketplace Strategy towards implementing new authorities and flexibilities that enhance competition in acquisition. — via General Services Administration

Sep 01, 2020

DAP Learning Series

Analytics Case Study Part 1: Assessment

How to assess your analytics strategy to ensure you’re pulling impactful and relevant data
Aug 26, 2020
Presidential Innovation Fellows

2 Lessons Tech Leaders Can Learn From Unprecedented Health Research

Presidential Innovation Fellows believe that representation, communication, and data fuel a strong product launch. Here’s how we put them to work at the National Institutes of Health.
Aug 21, 2020
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USWDS Monthly Call - August 2020

Join U.S. Web Design System Product Lead, Dan Williams, as we talk about the design system and answer your questions.
Aug 20, 2020
Federal Crowdsourcing

Federal Crowdsourcing Webinar Series, Episode 13: Securing Water for Food’s Crowdsourcing Culture

In this webinar, we discuss how to embed crowdsourcing into the culture of a program to the benefit of the project team, and its participants.
Aug 18, 2020
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Code.gov Better Know an Engineer: Rayvn Manuel—We’re back with another installment of Better Know an Engineer. We are pleased to feature a friend of Code.gov and all-around amazing person, Rayvn Manuel; senior application developer and DevOps engineer at the Smithsonian Insitute's National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). — via Code.gov

Aug 13, 2020

Plain Language

Plain Language Basics: Online Workshop

Take this three-hour online workshop to learn how to write and edit in plain language.
Aug 11, 2020