Big bang projects are out of style. Short, iterative development cycles with your business partners are in, especially when it comes to mobile app development. What if your city's procurement guidelines require that you spec out the entire scope of a project or phase at its start in order to allow for transparent, public bidding for that work?
That formal procurement cycle is the reality at the New York City Department of Transportation, where CTO Cordell Schachter and his colleagues have found creative ways to innovate amid requirements such as those. In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Schachter's team put some of these strategies to particularly good use.
Superstorm Sandy made a mess of New York City's streets, sidewalks, bridges, and signs -- an estimated $500 million worth of damage. The city's DOT needed to document that damage to plan repairs and also get any eligible reimbursement from federal, state, and local disaster funds. NYCDOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan advocated a visual approach -- maps and pictures, not a long list of text. The NYCDOT tech department quickly built an app to do that, which then let DOT field staff take over and work around the clock for many days to document the damage.
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