National effort launches to bring agile project management awareness to government


Updated 10/27/14 to reflect organization name change

August 11, 2014 — Government and private sector agile development experts have joined together to bring stronger awareness to agile management practices in an effort to help the public sector better address technology project delivery challenges.

The new community of professionals, Agile Government Leadership, has created a website,, and associated resources, social media and discussion forums to help government leaders and agencies better connect and understand issues around agile methodologies and adoption.

The group’s mission is to foster awareness and begin to create and aggregate resources that will make it easier for those implementing agile development to access information and get support from their peers within the public sector.

The new group also plans to collaborate with government officials interested in adopting agile to provide appropriate resources that help them understand and train others who want to implement it in their agencies.

“As a city CIO and long-time government IT professional, agile has redefined all aspects of our delivery in ways we never imagined,” said Utah Chief Information Officer and AGL Steering Committee Member Bill Haight. “We’re now starting to see interest from other departments, including our city council, who want to learn how to incorporate it into their day-to-day operations.”

Agile first established itself in 2001 when a group of project managers and technologists created the “Agile Manifesto” that incorporates 12 principles of iterative, user-focused, sustainable approach to project management.

While agile has been widely adopted within the private sector, it still faces cultural and bureaucratic challenges inside government, where project life cycles typically adhere to a “waterfall” approach that entails a long-term specification process prior to actual production and development work is started.

Agile development has been formally adopted by a number of federal and state agencies, including Federal Communications Commission, General Services Administration, Census Bureau and Department of Homeland Security and city and state governments such as Salt Lake City and Maine.

According to the U.S. Government Accountability Office, the federal government alone has wasted billions on failed IT projects and, in a 2012 report, recommended to the U.S. chief information officer and CIO Council that they pursue agile and modular approaches to technology project management.

AGL steering committee members include:

  • Bill Haight, Chief Information Officer, Salt Lake City
  • Son Train, Project Coordinator, Broadcasting Board of Governors
  • Elizabeth Raley, Agile Project Manager, CivicActions
  • Cathy Novak, author, “The Digital Government Imperative: Agile Government,” Public Sector Industry Principal, Pegasystems
  • Darren Hoevel, Agile Coach, Pliant Solutions

AGL mission statement:

By bringing applied agile practices to government, we want to redefine the culture of local, state and federal public sector service delivery across all aspects of government. We will work with agile professionals and organizations to support their work in getting agile infused into government processes. We will foster a spirit of openness and mentor those new to agile so that they have the necessary practical advice, resources, tools and community support for successful deployment. Through Agile Government Leadership, we will create a responsive, engaged government that more efficiently and effectively serves its citizens.

Those interested in learning more about AGL can join theFacebook and LinkedIn groups, follow on Twitter and or visit the website at

Media contact
Luke Fretwell
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2017-04-23T23:03:02-08:00 August 14th, 2014|Categories: Agile government, AGL News|Tags: |

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AGL served the government innovation community from 2014 - 2020. It has now broadened its mission and community to form a new organization, Technologists for the Public Good. Learn more and get involved at

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