Agile coach shows government practitioners why traditional project management is ‘a broken system’ … and how to fix it

At AGL Summit on May 23 in Sacramento, talks from government practitioners focused on the future of digital services for the state of California and beyond.

Kristen Morton, Enterprise Agile Transformation Coach at Red Hat, who has led agile training for various industries and government, discussed how teams can work better together by adopting project management approaches that allow for better collaboration and creativity.

Morton highlighted some of the key differences between traditional project management and agile practices, including:

Traditional project management Agile project management
Treats people like “resources” Sees people as individually valuable
Constrains workers to pre-defined roles       Allows workers to do what they’re good at  
Sticks to the plan, even if it’s misguided Fosters a creative atmosphere
Creates organizational silos Encourages collaboration


“Smart management practices allow us to change the system around the people,” Morton said. “People are not usually the limiting factor when it comes to delivery. Let’s set them up for success by embracing the opportunity technology has given us.”

Prior to giving this talk at AGL Summit, Morton participated in the “Day Under the Dome” activities that included talks with California state technology influencers at the Capitol. Morton is also a member of the AGL Association, advocating for agile and innovative practices in government.

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2020-02-10T15:01:45-08:00 June 28th, 2019|Categories: Agile government, Digital Transformation, Videos|Tags: , |

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