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18F Creates New Open Source Software Development Guide for State, Local Governments

softwareThe General Services Administration’s 18F organization has produced a new guidebook that contains resources and instructions on how to develop agile software, open source software and modular contracting methods.

Mark Headd and Robin Carnahan from 18F wrote in a blog post published Tuesday the new resources resulted from the GSA digital service hub’s collaboration with state governments such as California and Mississippi.

The collaboration aims to help update legacy systems with new modular contracting methods, human-centered design and agile software development approaches.

The guidebook contains information intended to help explain the concepts of open source and agile software development, as well as a list of frequently asked questions based on 18F’s previous works with state governments.

18F also compiled resources to inform government agencies on modular contracting and help them implement that modular approach in their organization.

The resources are available through 18F’s account on GitHub, where the public is allowed to submit suggestions for improvement.

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