New technologies can help government IT departments integrate security in a streamlined process to keep DevOps teams working efficiently.
CIOs are making government more citizen-centric and saving money by turning to cloud-based solutions, big data, and automation.
Agile processes can improve communications and hand-offs during contract transitions, providing more stability for client operations.
As IT leaders embrace modernization in government, they must look beyond technology to the cultural and strategic shifts that are essential to transformation.
Agencies that are considering moving to the cloud should adopt a multimodal approach that applies DevOps and agile methodologies to their legacy systems.
"[Agile development] is about getting us into the 21st century, but it was a huge change for us and a huge learning curve," says Kate Goodrich, director and chief medical officer at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
As agencies move away from traditional waterfall development frameworks and seek to embrace agile methods, there are a few steps they can take to maximize success.
The retrospective is a meeting during which an agile team constructively embraces failure to achieve continuous improvement -- but self-critique is a hard skill for some to learn, especially in agencies where the concepts of agile processes are new.
For the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), one key strategy has been the creation of cloud implementation team that brings individuals from security, applications and network teams to identify the most pressing issues.
DevOps is used to incorporate new learnings into operations solutions in an automated and repeatable manner, but it can be challenging to implement DevOps within legacy systems.