Modernizing legacy systems is the key to empowering public sector agencies to be agile and user-focused. Here are some signs that your agency might be bogged down by aging IT systems.
The next generation of government workers will be looking for open and collaborative work environments, flexible work policies, and a willingness to experiment with new processes like agile development.
Government CIOs facing the upcoming retirement wave are exploring ways to make public sector IT jobs as appealing as their private sector counterparts, according to Government Technology.
Jim Smith, CIO for the State of Maine, has some advice for making the transition from waterfall to agile - which can be bumpy at first, but serves customers better in the long run.
Some of the advice given to agile firms who want to sell to government: solve real problems and talk to the right people. Also, don't be afraid to start small instead of aiming first for big, meaty deals.
While agile methods are definitely gaining momentum in government, it seems there is still some way to go before it becomes mainstream in the public sector.
As agencies shift towards a modular, agile approach to procurement and implementation of healthcare systems, they are looking to the real-life examples of how other states have done this.
While civic tech companies offer great products to help municipalities serve citizens, the rise of agile methods has empowered cities to benefit from internal collaborative efforts designed around specific departmental needs.
California Government Operations Agency Secretary Marybel Batjer said at the Code for America Summit that agile development saved the state's revamp of its child welfare system.
New York City has launched an online portal to highlight its digital services strategy, inviting citizens to comment and collaborate.