AGL in NextGov: This is what agile development should look like in the federal government

NextGov published an article highlighting the release of the Agile Government Handbook, an effort to provide resources and guidance to help agencies get started with agile.

The handbook was assembled by members of the AGL working group with input from agile practitioners in government. Feedback and improvements to the handbook are welcome.

From the article:

The Agile Government Leadership organization recently launched the “Agile Government Handbook,” which acts as a simple guide for adopting those short, bite-size style goals that agile practices preach. The online guide comes equipped an agile manifesto, checklist and key questions, among other sections.

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One term the handbook highlights is Minimum Viable Product or MVP, a popular idea in Silicon Valley. A section about key questions to ask when executing agile projects includes “How long did it take to ship the MVP? If it has not shipped yet, when will it?”

The federal government appears to be on a similar page when it comes to agile. Last week, Federal Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith also highlighted the importance of building big projects one small piece at a time.

“What’s the minimum thing we could launch?” she said as keynote speaker for the ACT-IAC Igniting Innovation. “Let’s not ‘spec’ the whole huge thing out. Let’s do the minimum thing and then get it out there and start iterating with the community.”

Read the full article in NextGov.

2019-02-19T09:54:47-07:00 February 9th, 2015|Categories: Agile government, AGL News, Press|Tags: , , |

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