This week, I officially joined Skylight, a new digital government consultancy.

For the past four years, as part of the Presidential Innovation Fellows and 18F, I had the incredible fortune of working at the center of the federal government’s digital movement. Up until then, I had worked in and around the federal IT space in various roles, from consulting to private equity. Certainly more than once over that period I grew highly disillusioned with the government’s lack of IT progress and my seemingly inability to do anything about it.

Fortunately, that disillusionment turned into hope, belief, and action when I…

— by Chris Cairns and Robert L. Read, PhD

This is the final post in a four-part series. In the first post, we laid out the case for why the federal government should consider revisiting the practice of share-in-savings (SiS) contracting as a necessary means to deal with their legacy information technology (IT) systems crisis. In the second post, we gave a brief history lesson on the federal government’s experience with SiS to IT. In the third post, we listed out some of the government’s challenges with applying SiS to IT and our ideas for handling them. And we now…

— by Chris Cairns and Robert L. Read, PhD

This is the third post in a four-part series. In the first post, we laid out reasons for why the federal government should consider revisiting share-in-savings (SiS) contracting as a means to modernize their legacy information technology (IT) systems. In the second post, we gave a brief history lesson on the federal government’s experience with SiS IT. Now we identify 16 challenges encountered and discuss ideas for handling them. Many of these ideas form the basis of our Agile Share-in-Savings Model, which we’ll discuss in the next post.

There isn’t any…

— by Chris Cairns and Robert L. Read, PhD

This is the second post in a four-part series. In our last post, we laid out the case for why the federal government should consider revisiting the practice of share-in-savings (SiS) contracting in order to deal with their legacy-systems crisis. Now we look back at some of the government’s experience with applying SiS to information technology (IT) contracts, as we build up to the unveiling of our Agile Share-in-Savings Model.

Believe it or not, share-in-savings contracting is a technique permitted under existing federal regulations. Agencies can launch projects with little or…

— by Chris Cairns and Robert L. Read, PhD

This is the first post in a four-part series.

“Simply put, the missions of government cannot be achieved if only traditional contract methods are used. There is not enough in the budget to make that happen.” — Larry Allen

I’ll start by expressing that it’s great to be collaborating with Dr. Rob Read again. As fellow co-founders of 18F, we started and built the team’s acquisition arm, including Agile Acquisition Consulting, Agile Delivery Services Marketplace, RFP Ghostwriting, Micro-purchase Marketplace, and Digital Acquisition Accelerator.

Over the past several weeks we got together…

Chris Cairns

CEO at @skylight_hq, @18F co-founder, Presidential Innovation Fellow, entrepreneur, product-centered developer.

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