Ann Dunkin, CIO of the Environmental Protection Agency, writes in CIO Review about the specific cultural shifts required to help government agencies utilize agile methods.
Waterfall and risk avoidance are built into every fiber of the government process, says Dunkin, but through the process of adopting agile the EPA worked hard to:
- Embrace open source tools
- Streamline development and business processes
- Embrace risk in order to learn quickly
- Implement practices for efficient software delivery
All of this is certainly a work in progress at the EPA. When it does work, amazing things happen. Teams experience tremendous moments of clarity about user requirements and those same users are delighted by rapid delivery of products that truly meet their needs.
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