“Hi” from the 18F design chapter
May 2, 2023
Designing technology-enabled public services requires deep expertise in how different elements of the experience come together (or don’t!). The 18F design chapter comprises four discipline-specific cohorts — service design, user experience (UX) design, product design, and content strategy — each of which has a primary focus, with corresponding tools, methods, and techniques."Continue reading about “Hi” from the 18F design chapter
We asked our design team: what did you learn in 2022, and what are you looking forward to in 2023?
February 13, 2023
We asked our design team what they learned in 2022, and what they are looking forward to in 2023. Here’s what some of our team members had to say.Continue reading about We asked our design team: what did you learn in 2022, and what are you looking forward to in 2023?
We asked 18F designers what they've learned from fellow designers while working together. Here's what they said.Continue reading about We asked our coworkers: What have you learned from other 18F designers?
A day in the life of an 18F Engineer
September 30, 2021
According to Census estimates, about 41 million people speak Spanish in the United States. At 18F, we envision a country whose government consistently offers digital services that instill pride and trust. Our bilingual engineer, Edwin Torres, shares what a working day is like in our organization.Continue reading about A day in the life of an 18F Engineer
A day in the life - Ingeniero en 18F
September 21, 2021
Según estimados del Censo, cerca de 41 millones de personas hablan español en Estados Unidos. En 18F imaginamos un país cuyo Gobierno ofrezca servicios digitales consistentes y confiables para todos sus usuarios. Nuestro ingeniero, Edwin Torres nos habla de su día de trabajo y la importancia de tener empleados hispanohablantes.Continue reading about A day in the life - Ingeniero en 18F
We asked our coworkers: Why did you join 18F?
May 11, 2021
We asked our team: “why did you join 18F?” and got all kinds of inspiring answers.Continue reading about We asked our coworkers: Why did you join 18F?
Building a collaborative culture: How 18F works
April 1, 2020
We actively work to help our teammates grow. We want everyone to become better at the work we do, and we want to model that for our partners.All of this requires some key skills: communication, agility, and openness.Continue reading about Building a collaborative culture: How 18F works
READMEs for you and me
March 5, 2020
In software, a README is the documentation that tells you how to start using and understanding a new piece of software. In an organization, a personal README is a way to tell your coworkers how they can best communicate with you, work with you, give you feedback, and support you.Continue reading about READMEs for you and me
Areas for growth part 1: Continual appreciative dialogue
February 20, 2020
Continual Appreciative Dialogue (CAD) is the practice of expressing recurring praise or gratitude to a teammate or collaborator in conversation and throughout a working relationship. The practice of CAD is special because it is uncommon.Continue reading about Areas for growth part 1: Continual appreciative dialogue
Measuring culture on our engineering team
October 29, 2019
To be inclusive and effective, a team needs a culture where everyone is respected, treated fairly, and feels that they belong. We don’t see this diversity, equity, and inclusion work as a “nice-to-have” or optional.Continue reading about Measuring culture on our engineering team
What 18F is thankful for this Thanksgiving
November 25, 2016
Like all federal employees, we don't work on Thanksgiving. We do work on the day after, though, and this year we thought we'd pause to take a moment and reflect. Here are a few things that we're thankful for, what brings meaning to our lives, and what brings us to work every day.Continue reading about What 18F is thankful for this Thanksgiving
Introducing 18F’s new visual identity
May 12, 2016
If you’re a frequent visitor to our website, you may have noticed a few updates — most notably, that we’ve got a new logo. For the past few months, members of our visual design team have been crafting and refining our new visual identity, and we’re thrilled to introduce it.Continue reading about Introducing 18F’s new visual identity
The day 90 kids came to code with 18F
May 6, 2016
“One kid did not get up from his chair and every time he got a problem right, he did a little dance in his chair and then his mom would celebrate with him.”Continue reading about The day 90 kids came to code with 18F
What 10 weeks at 18F taught me
April 1, 2016
Calling 18F home for the past two months has given me the opportunity to grow in countless ways. I’ve pushed myself in ways I wasn’t expecting.Continue reading about What 10 weeks at 18F taught me
One of the best parts of working at 18F is the focus on meaningful, mission-driven projects. But which projects? We asked everyone across the organization to tell us what they've most enjoyed working on. Here are their responses.Continue reading about We asked over 100 of our coworkers: What have you loved working on?
People have joined 18F from a variety of different backgrounds. We asked them to tell us how they got to 18F, and over 100 of them did.Continue reading about We asked over 100 of our coworkers: What was your path to 18F?
We asked over 100 of our coworkers: Why did you join 18F?
March 21, 2016
Why did people make the decision to join 18F? We asked people on every team to reflect on why they came here.Continue reading about We asked over 100 of our coworkers: Why did you join 18F?
On culture change: A code of conduct
May 12, 2015
It has become a standard practice in the software industry to create a “code of conduct” for conferences and events. By creating our own Code of Conduct, we are defining the kind of environment we seek to create.Continue reading about On culture change: A code of conduct
When asked what it is we do, one quick answer is, "we’re hacking bureaucracy." While it may sound provocative, it isn’t.Continue reading about Hacking bureaucracy: improving hiring and software deployment
A few notes on NotAlone.gov
May 9, 2014
At the end of April, Vice President Biden, while rolling out the final report of the White House's 90-day Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault, announced the launch of NotAlone.gov, a website built by 18F and the Presidential Innovation Fellows.Continue reading about A few notes on NotAlone.gov