How we work

How we work 2017-04-23T23:02:13-08:00

Contributing to the work of AGL as an Agile Champion allows you to be recognized as a leader in the agile government community. We welcome your suggestions and expertise to help us:

  • Create content
  • Assemble resources
  • Promote discussion
  • Develop training materials
  • Organize events
  • Forge partnerships
  • Collaborate on new ideas

We are action focused.
In the spirit of agile, we meet weekly to give updates about what we are working on. Whether you join us for a small one-time project or a longer term commitment, plan to attend meetings and be actively involved during your time with AGL.

Secure collaboration.
Agile Government Leadership uses GitHub as a place to collaborate on projects and exchange ideas. Anyone who wants to contribute to bringing agile to government can log into GitHub to suggest ideas and pick projects to work on.

As a shared platform powered by open source communities, many government agencies have embraced GitHub as a tool that complies with federal security standards. It also helps agencies take an innovative, collaborative approach to building modern digital services.

Even though GitHub is normally used by programmers for coding, AGL is using it as a secure platform for project management and idea tracking. You don’t have to know any code to get involved as an Agile Champion.

It’s easy to start start contributing to the AGL projects on GitHub. Here’s how:

1. Create a GitHub account.

Create your account at It’s fast and free. If you already have one, skip ahead.

2. Request to join the Agile Government Leadership organization.

Once you have a GitHub account, send an email to [email protected].

  • Introduce yourself – name, organization, role/position, and agile experience
  • Tell us your GitHub username and let us know you’re ready to get started
  • You will get an invite to join the AGL organization on GitHub

3. Find the Agile Champions page.

Now you’ll be able to see other members of AGL and add ideas to work on. Go to the Agile Champions page:

4. Look at Projects first.

Click “Projects” in the top menu to see some of the things we are working on. Click into a particular project to view suggested tasks and ideas.

AGL GitHub Projects

5. Add new ideas or tasks.

If you have an idea for a project or task that doesn’t already exist, you can add one by clicking “Issues” in the top menu and then “New Issue.” Don’t be shy about submitting an idea — we will work with you to figure out logistics and collaboration opportunities.

AGL GitHub Issue

Give your idea a title. Then add a comment to explain some details. Writing a user story here would be helpful so anyone reading it will understand what you want to do and what value it has. Click “Submit Issue”.


6. Come to the meeting and get to work!

Once you have identified or added a task or project from the list that you want to work on, it’s time to start!

To discuss next steps and talk to others who may want to collaborate with you, plan to attend the Agile Champions meeting, held every Tuesday at 9:30PT/12:30ET (via Google Hangouts). Contact Elizabeth Raley ([email protected]) for a meeting invite.

We are counting on Agile Champions to move the work of AGL forward in bringing agile to government. In the spirit of an agile stand-up, you are encouraged to attend weekly meetings while your project is in progress.

Need help? Contact us and we’ll be happy to assist.