U.S. Citizenship and Immigration ServicesHow do you make Agile even more agile? By identifying and responding to risks continuously — not just at the beginning of a “sprint”. Mark Schwartz, the CIO at Citizenship and Immigration Services in the Department of Homeland Security, explained to FCW that this concept offers an opportunity for big progress in Agile at the federal level.

Schwartz referred to a major development called “continuous delivery” . . . The basic idea is to shorten the cycle time for new software releases from the several weeks of an agile sprint (which, itself, is obviously a huge improvement on traditional government processes) to one day – or even, at some point, several times a day. This is done by making the requirement that developers are working on at a given time be truly bite sized — a single discrete change in the system — and by automating the delivery process.

Having the changes come in these tiny chunks has advantages even over traditional agile development, not to speak of older waterfall processes.

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