Federal TimesThere’s no doubt that Agile will play a pivotal role in modernizing government IT, but this Federal Times article contends that without careful education, investment, and partnerships around Agile, it can become an over-used buzzword rather than a true change agent.

From the article:

There’s a lot of talk that agile contracting is the panacea to the inefficiencies and stagnant processes affecting IT development in government. But what exactly is needed to move the needle beyond buzzwords?

For government IT systems development, it’s not a question that better methods exist. To create more innovative ways of thinking about agile, greater partnerships and trust between the contracting and government community are desperately needed.

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It’s crucial that agencies understand the investments agile requires. In a traditional waterfall outsourcing model, contractors work on a project largely independently and come back to government customer once it is completed. With agile’s philosophy strongly rooted in measuring results at regular intervals, agencies cannot divorce themselves from the process of building the solution. Rather, agencies must be an active participant throughout the entire engagement. Agencies should consider resources, such as agile coaching, to help gain familiarity with this increased involvement as true innovation cannot be outsourced.

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