Summary

Deloitte released in 2017 a playbook (by Deborah Sills and Warren Miller) and a set of articles for Government, including the potential benefits for the public sector, how to adopt agile ways of working, address key challenges/issues and other resources.

“In February 2001, 17 serious software geeks gathered at a ski resort in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah. Did they ski? A little. But mostly they talked about how to build software that best meets customers’ needs rather than merely conforming to written requirements. Over a three-day period, they wrote a short but influential document called “The Agile Manifesto,” and in doing so, seem to have spawned a revolution in the way that many software systems get built. Agile stressed collaboration, adaptation, and iterative reviews—useful approaches in an era of rapid change.” (p. 2)

Key Points

  • Provides an introduction to agile for Government, what it means and its potential benefits
  • Importance to address culture gaps in agile transformation, including those around rules, language, trust, risks and contracts.
  • Scaling agile, including using agile approaches on large, complex projects in Government
  • Government procurement and the new mindset for procurement officials.
  • Highlighting the importance of supporting the product owner/manager roles in successful agile adoption in Government
  • Exploring both waterfall and agile approaches in project delivery, including through simulations
  • Examining the role of the PMO in agile transformations, including the role of the Agile Management Office (AMO). Covering governance, prioritization, coordination, tracking and other topics.
  • The usage and increasing adoption of agile methods within the US Federal Government agencies

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