The Boston Consulting Group released a report into how Government can take advantage of agile ways of working to be more responsive, deliver high-quality outputs quicker, enables greater flexibility, breaks down functional silos, empowers employees and more. The paper reflects on case studies, including from the World Bank and then further provides a framework into how agile can be implemented in Government.

Key Points

  • The paper reflects on how agile emerged, including from the early 2000’s from software engineering
  • It further explores how agile can be used within a Government context
  • The paper discusses the benefits of agile for Government, including:
    • helps teams organize to deliver high-quality outputs quickly
    • facilitates flexible leadership and organizational structures
    • collaborative cultures and behaviors
    • breaks down functional silos
    • increases transparency and accountability
    • empowers employees
    • more effective product and program design
    • reduces the risk of implementation failure
  • The paper provides reflections on case studies, including at the World Bank.
  • Highlights how agile can be used in a public sector context. Noting however that “agile is not a silver bullet”.
  • Provides a high level implementation guidance, including a agile operating model framework





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