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The Power of
Transparency
Sarah Allen
@ultrasaurus
Higher Quality
Lower Cost
Open Source
Community
Code
Documentation
Lean Startup
Business Development
Customer Collaboration
Open Source
Community
–the Starfish and the Spider
“the unstoppable power of leaderless
organizations”
–the Starfish and the Spider
“The Nant’an led by example and
held no coercive power. Tribe
members followed the Nant’an
be...
– Jo Freeman
the Tyranny of Structurelessness
“ there is no such thing as a
structureless group”
github.com/railsbridge/organizing
I Pull Requests
Tyranny of the Pull Request
Transparency is the antidote
to false meritocracy.
Code
github.com/18F/midas
http://rauchg.com/slackin/
github.com/18F/open-source-policy
Open source reveals the work in progress…
Open source reveals the work in progress,
and allows for unexpected collaboration.
Documentation
Unexpected Collaboration
Lean Startup
– Steve Blank
“A startup is an organization formed
to search for a repeatable and
scalable business model.”
Transparency increases
the speed of learning.
Learning Faster
Lowers Cost
Learning Faster
Decreases Risk
Customer Collaboration
Experiment with Paper
iterate on paper till it works
“play test” your app
prepare for the unexpected
give yourself space t...
Tweet a favorite phrase
in English or Spanish
@mightyverse
@magmaconf
The Play Test is a Game
Rules for Play Testing
“Shut up and Watch”
Cooperation and Engagement: What can board games teach us? by Matt Leacock
Rules for Play Testing
“Shut up and Watch”
Take Notes
Take Photos
Resist providing answers.
Ask questions.
Do the scary thing
Do the scary thing
that will teach you the most.
Do the scary thing
that will teach you the most.
feedback@mightyverse.com
Be respectful of privacy
Make your process visible
Reveal the work in progress
Learn in the open
Collaborate with your cus...
Be respectful of privacy
Make your process visible
Reveal the work in progress
Learn in the open
Collaborate with your cus...
railsbridge.org
bridgefoundry.org
github.com/18F/midas
github.com/18F/open-data-maker
feedback@mightyverse.com
@ultrasaurus
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Power of Transparency

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Sarah Allen, Magma Conf 2015
This talk explores power of transparency to create with higher quality at lower cost, looking at open source community process, code and documentation, as well as lean startup open business, customer, and product development processes.

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  1. 1. The Power of Transparency Sarah Allen @ultrasaurus
  2. 2. Higher Quality Lower Cost
  3. 3. Open Source Community Code Documentation Lean Startup Business Development Customer Collaboration
  4. 4. Open Source
  5. 5. Community
  6. 6. –the Starfish and the Spider “the unstoppable power of leaderless organizations”
  7. 7. –the Starfish and the Spider “The Nant’an led by example and held no coercive power. Tribe members followed the Nant’an because they wanted to, not because they had to”
  8. 8. – Jo Freeman the Tyranny of Structurelessness “ there is no such thing as a structureless group”
  9. 9. github.com/railsbridge/organizing
  10. 10. I Pull Requests
  11. 11. Tyranny of the Pull Request
  12. 12. Transparency is the antidote to false meritocracy.
  13. 13. Code
  14. 14. github.com/18F/midas
  15. 15. http://rauchg.com/slackin/
  16. 16. github.com/18F/open-source-policy
  17. 17. Open source reveals the work in progress…
  18. 18. Open source reveals the work in progress, and allows for unexpected collaboration.
  19. 19. Documentation
  20. 20. Unexpected Collaboration
  21. 21. Lean Startup
  22. 22. – Steve Blank “A startup is an organization formed to search for a repeatable and scalable business model.”
  23. 23. Transparency increases the speed of learning.
  24. 24. Learning Faster Lowers Cost
  25. 25. Learning Faster Decreases Risk
  26. 26. Customer Collaboration
  27. 27. Experiment with Paper iterate on paper till it works “play test” your app prepare for the unexpected give yourself space to imagine new things
  28. 28. Tweet a favorite phrase in English or Spanish @mightyverse @magmaconf
  29. 29. The Play Test is a Game
  30. 30. Rules for Play Testing “Shut up and Watch” Cooperation and Engagement: What can board games teach us? by Matt Leacock
  31. 31. Rules for Play Testing “Shut up and Watch” Take Notes Take Photos Resist providing answers. Ask questions.
  32. 32. Do the scary thing
  33. 33. Do the scary thing that will teach you the most.
  34. 34. Do the scary thing that will teach you the most. feedback@mightyverse.com
  35. 35. Be respectful of privacy Make your process visible Reveal the work in progress Learn in the open Collaborate with your customers Do the scary thing Learn the most that lets you…
  36. 36. Be respectful of privacy Make your process visible Reveal the work in progress Learn in the open Collaborate with your customers Do the scary thing Learn the most that lets you…
  37. 37. railsbridge.org bridgefoundry.org github.com/18F/midas github.com/18F/open-data-maker feedback@mightyverse.com @ultrasaurus

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