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Thursday, November 3 • 10:45am - 12:00pm
How to write an agile RFP

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Henry Ford said: “If I asked my customers what they wanted, they would have said a faster horse.”

Government buys a lot of faster horses.

Instead of laboriously writing hundreds of pages of specs for faster horses, let’s start buying self-driving cars. At this hands-on workshop, we’ll talk through a shared challenge together and develop a Scope of Work in real time. You’ll walk out of the session with a draft RFP that articulates your goals and gives you flexibility to meet them using agile methods. We’ll focus on a specific project, but this will be a case study for how you can write RFPs for anything from software to art.

Join us to learn how RFPs can meet legal requirements for fair competition, while still getting potential partners excited about your project.

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Lauren Lockwood

Chief Digital Officer, City of Boston
Lauren Lockwood is the Chief Digital Officer for the City of Boston, focused on digital communication, engagement, and service delivery. View Lauren's full bio.
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Laura Melle

Procurement Lead, Department of Innovation and Technology, City of Boston
Laura Melle is the Senior Procurement Lead for the City of Boston's Department of Innovation and Technology. She works with teams across the City to articulate the challenges faced by Bostonians and find the best partners to help solve them using technology. Laura was previously a Summer Fellow in the Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics. Prior to her time in Boston, Laura's career in city government took her from the Chicago Transit Authority... Read More →

Ashley Meyers

Product Manager, City of San Francisco

Thursday November 3, 2016 10:45am - 12:00pm
Room 201

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