Last modified: 11/5/2015. This document is expected to evolve over time.

How Code for San Jose projects work

  • Project selection is typically a “bottom-up” process: volunteers identify and initiate projects that match their interests and skills.
  • Volunteers are frequently looking for project ideas from local government.
  • Project success depends on the skills, commitment and organization of volunteer team.
  • Leadership team may champion a few promising project ideas, but cannot guarantee availability of a volunteer team to work on a given project.

Scoping a Project

  • Government staff interested in partnering with CfSJ can explore the idea in the following ways:
    • Come to a civic hack night to pitch the idea to other volunteers. Ideas are always welcome — no advance notice needed.
    • Discuss the idea with the CfSJ municipal liaison, who will then share idea with the volunteer network if it seems like a good match

Making project partnerships work:

For projects on which the two organizations are officially partnering, there should be clear expectations about the roles and responsibilities on both sides. For example, before the project begins, the following items should be clear:

  • Which City office/department is the project sponsor?
  • What is the goal of this tool, and who will be using it?
  • What is the anticipated timeline for this project?
  • Do we have a team of CfSJ volunteers with the skills and availability to make this project happen?
  • Who will manage the project? Who are the main points of contact at CfSJ and the City of SJ?
  • Who will support and maintain this project after it is completed?

Once a project is underway, communication is handled by the project leads on both sides. The municipal liaison will check in on a monthly basis for updates.