Government procurement has reached a fork in the road, according to a Public Technology feature article, and may be in danger of regressing back towards waterfall methodologies.
Agile innovation requires collaboration and trust between agencies and their creative suppliers of digital products. If government can’t embrace this model, it will struggle to realize the benefits of ‘wall-to-wall agile’ in which vendors and agencies work as one team.
From the article:
[I]f we don’t keep working towards a time when we procure for trust – where clients and suppliers work together as honest partners on a project, where procurement judges past record, culture and fit as much as day rate and fixed outcomes – we risk opening the door for out-dated waterfall methodologies to dig their heels in and reemerge (despite 70% of IT projects failing this way).