Agile Government Leadership in the news.
StateScoop: Free online agile development course targets government executives
“We’re hoping that this is really valuable for people who perhaps know a little about agile, but want to expand on their knowledge — or more specifically an executive whose agency has not gone agile yet, but who has been hearing about the benefits and the value of agile and wants to start driving that change,” said Elizabeth Raley, Director of Professional Services at CivicActions and a leader in AGL.
NextGov: 10 steps to making your agency Agile
Bill Haight and Robert Read of the AGL working group say that practice is the key to getting started with Agile, from the smallest local department to large federal agencies. “You can read about agile to start getting your head around it, but in the end, you and your teams simply need to dive in and try it out.”
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NextGov: 5 cultural shifts Agile brings to agencies
At a roundtable discussion hosted by AGL and GMIS International, a panel of public sector leaders with on-the-job agile experience shared their stories, insights and practical advice, concluding that agencies really can shift their approach toward agile if they’re willing to embrace some fundamental changes in government IT culture.
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FedScoop: Fed, state, local IT leaders launch agile academy
A group of government IT leaders have banded together to create a three-week online course for government officials to learn agile software development. “We wanted to create things that were specifically aimed for the kind of problems that those people face,” Robert L. Read told FedScoop.
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FCW: Free online initiative trains feds in agile
A new workforce initiative aims to give project managers in government the skills to run agile projects. Elizabeth Raley, Director of Professional Services at CivicActions and one of the civic technologists behind Agile Government Leadership, said the inspiration behind the initiative is a growing demand within government. “Over the past year we’ve talked to a lot of people in different types of agencies, and we saw a common need for a simple starting point for learning agile,” Raley said.
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TechWire: How Do You Save Government IT?
Bill Haight and Elizabeth Raley of the Agile Government Leadership working group examine the rising scrutiny and tight budgets faced by public sector agencies. “Where the traditional project management approach has failed, agencies need to find alternatives to address these heightened expectations. Agile development [is] a way to save government IT from the debacle of skyrocketing costs and redundant systems.”
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Government Technology: 4 Roadblocks to Agile Development and How to Overcome Them
The Agile Government Leadership group has created a website (agileforgov.org) and is seeking to create a community to share best practices and case studies. “We want to spread the word of agile and how it can be of value to governmental organizations that typically tend to use a waterfall approach for project management,” Haight said. ”We also want to create a network of agile professionals who can draw on each others’ experiences of successes and failures around agile.”
Nextgov: This is What Agile Development Should Look Like in the Federal Government
“We want the handbook to be a fresh and evolving tool that can help someone who is brand new to agile and someone who is more seasoned but looking to refine and improve their process,” said Elizabeth Raley, agile project manager for CivicActions, an organization that helps agencies implement large software projects and a member of the group’s steering committee.
FCW: Is government ready for agile?
“We’re expecting that there are people who are new to agile using it, and then more seasoned people using agile who may have more case studies or success stories to add,” said Elizabeth Raley, director of professional services at CivicActions. “We’re seeing the handbook as an iteration as well that we can continue to add things that will be of great use to the people using it.”
Full story: Is government ready for agile?