A panel of public sector leaders with on-the-job agile experience shared their stories and practical advice, concluding that agencies can embrace agile better with these key understandings:
- Agile is a team sport
- Relevance is the gold standard
- Communication over documentation
- Deadlines don’t mean what you think
- Government contracts need a makeover
From the article:
In this age of rapidly changing technology, it’s not realistic to define every requirement at the outset. Rather, agencies can move to an agile-oriented contract that insists on rapid response, work being done and delivered every two weeks, and constant communication based on a shared understanding developers and clients will decide together what is needed.
“It takes courage,” Read says, “because you have to make a shift away from the idea of contract negotiation and have faith and trust that if you have a conversation with people who are appropriately skilled, you’re going to be happy with what they produce in that particular time.”
Read the full article in NextGov.