The election season isn’t just a stressful time for the candidates or incumbents fighting to keep their position. As Steve Ressler points out, it’s a hard knock life for IT leaders as well. If the elected official they work for doesn’t get reelected, projects that they are halfway through may be canned before completion. In this article, Ressler provides some “quick win” suggestions for IT leaders to perform during election season that help keep your business moving forward while not locking your staff into a potentially cancelled project. One such tip is to have a “hackathon” with the community to keep a presence and also help your elected official connect with key constituents:
It’s during the political process that mayors start reconnecting with various city groups. One group of constituents the mayor must court is the technology and entrepreneurship leaders. A hackathon is a great way for a city to show that it cares about the local tech and entrepreneurial community. Additionally you can tie in the mission of the hackathon or open data released to other key constituents (maybe it’s transit data or data on homeless shelters). The politicians get easy quick wins, media coverage and buy-ins with constituencies. You receive tie-in with the tech community and help on your key projects.
Some of the suggestions are remarkably more direct and, let’s be honest, political: Ressler suggests that election season is a great time to demonstrate your official’s dedication to making life easier by changing coin operated parking meters for mobile or electronic ones””a surefire way to make your campaign look top-notch!