The agile ‘framework’ may not be what you think

MediumThe word ‘agile’ implies flexibility, but agencies should avoid the temptation to mistake this flexibility for a lack of structure, according to AGL member Adam Bergstein.

Understanding the different methodologies for practicing agile (i.e., Scrum, Kanban) can help agencies decide which framework best fits their project, especially when facing government-specific challenges such as procurement requirements.


[agile] ceremony provides an integral part of a holistic and thoughtful agile implementation. Foregoing any ceremony could hurt the efficacy of what agile offers — the benefits of transparency, collaboration, prioritization, and empowerment.

If your agency is just beginning to practice agile, be careful not to mistake open-ended flexibility with a true agile practice. Remember the term “framework” is defined as a set of best practices that are intended to be applied in differing ways. You may have to experiment to discover the best application of the agile framework for your team, but that doesn’t mean the framework itself goes out the window.

Read the full article: The agile framework may not be what you think it is | Adam Bergstein, via Medium

2017-04-23T23:02:28-08:00 February 13th, 2017|Categories: Agile government|Tags: , |

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