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Think and Innovate

NC State Ph.D student Vishnu Mahesh Vivek Nanda has partnered with the Wake County GIS team to collaborate on various experimental projects. Their focus is on the new project between NC State’s Center for Geospatial Analytics and Wake County Government in the Geo-IDEAS: Geo-Innovation, Developing Analytics Solutions for Wake County to solve real-world problems. The partnership has shown how innovation in Wake County is evolving and you can read about it here!

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Innovators CAN change the Organization

Great Ideas have the ability to change you, your family, your community, the company you work for and the world. Heraclitus, a Greek philosopher, is quoted as saying “change is the only constant in life.” If change is truly the only constant, then it is imperative that we do “change” well. Communication about change must be done at the right points so our outcome will not be as the picture above depicts.  Patti Sanchez decided to share with readers a little secret to help organizations get…

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Register of Deeds Dashboard

In a world of Big Data transitioning to electronic records, Microsoft Power BI tells the story of what would have been left untold. The Wake County Register of Deeds created a dashboard to provide a visual representation of electronic documents that steer away from accuracy. With intents to be more efficient, the online dashboard identifies where most of the inaccuracies occur and this allows Register of Deeds analysts to investigate potential solutions. Land records compose the majority of the submissions,…

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Civic Tech is about getting involved

Last October I spent the weekend in Philadelphia with 200 people sharing our passion. Our passion is changing how government and communities interact. The event was Code for America’s first Brigade Summit. A two-day conference where shared our successes, frustrations, and plans to bring volunteerism into the 21st century. I could go on with what we did, but this video does a much better job. We have several things going on in Raleigh, Wake County, and the Triangle.  Join us.

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All or Nothing

While applicable to our lives in general, this article identifies certain ways that perfection may lead to failure, relevant to innovation in particular. 9 Reasons Perfectionism is a Bad Thing Perfectionism is an attempt to avoid failure. Fear of failure stifles innovation. With that in mind, four of the article’s reasons stood out to me: You are never done – this idea of never being done prevents you from offering business value to your customer at the earliest point in…

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Agile in Action – Human Resources Salary Survey tools

Each year, Wake County Human Resources performs the critical but very time-consuming task of collecting comparable compensation data from around 30 benchmark organizations regarding a third of the County’s job classifications. When the study reared its head this time around, Anza Harker came to our team to discuss options to improve the study.  As is often the case with innovation, the change began when someone who felt the business pain recognized that there had to be a better way to…

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Hacking Time to learn

One of the regular pieces of feedback that I get when I discuss training with people is that there just isn’t enough time to learn everything that you want to learn.  I think this complaint often is tied to how we approach continuous learning rather than specific time limits. One of the things that I have done over the years is to carve out just fifteen minutes a day to pick up something new.  I find that by doing that,…

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