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Palo Alto utilizes 'Lean Startup' methodology to boost open government efforts

August 1, 2013

Advancing transparency and open government initiatives is a priority for many city, county and state officials right now, but there are many strategies being used to reach these goals. According to TechTarget, the city of Palo Alto, Calif., recently implemented a methodology more commonly associated with startup companies to accomplish these tasks, known as the "Lean Startup" approach.

The "Lean Startup" methodology takes the stance that entrepreneurship boosts innovation and success, and that businesses, or in this case government offices, have to learn from their mistakes more quickly in order to implement policies and processes that really work. Palo Alto's governing body hired Jonathan Reichental, a former director of technology and innovation at PricewaterhouseCoopers, as its CIO to improve its IT leadership and reach open and transparent government goals.

"When they hired me, I was brought in…with a mission to keep the lights running, of course, but also to push the envelope of what was possible in government technology," said Reichental, according to the news source.

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