U.S. Digital ServiceFierceGovernmentIT reviews a podcast in which Jonathan Mostowski, veteran federal contracting officer at the U.S. Digital Service, explains how the Agile approach delivers more benefit than the traditional “waterfall” process.

In an amusing but apt comparison, Mostowski suggests that if Leonardo DaVinci had been contracted using a traditional waterfall approach to paint the Mona Lisa, there would have been months of defining precise characteristics, materials, and deadlines — and if resources ran out, the client still might end up with only half a painting. Conversely, allowing the painting to develop in Agile-esque iterations — complete sketches, shadings, and mock-ups — ensures a more complete delivery at any stage of the project, even if resources run out.

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