A mantra to become a successful Agile team at a Federal Agency!

If Agile can work in federal agencies, believe it when I say it can work in any organization on the planet. Agile adoption has spread into various federal agencies. Small and large federal agencies now understand the need for an Agile mindset and are adopting Agile to make decisions quickly and expediting the development, requirements, and project management process to become a daily norm.

Federal agencies came late to the Agile and DevOps party. Perhaps that was a good thing, since in retrospect they now have tons of lessons learned and best practices from private industries to do Agile the right way. Lately, some federal agencies have stepped up the game by transitioning from Agile adoption to scaling Agile.

In this session, I will share the journey of one such Agile team at a large federal agency, which had its share of successes and challenges while implementing DevOps, and how this team is driving change in the agency that is inundated with silos.

Federal agencies are unique in the way they’re siloed, which creates issues around ownership. There is also an issue for IT leaders of gaining the trust of the agency leadership and those on the business side. The goal of this session is to share our lessons learned, with hope that it sparks other teams to embark on their successful journey. Federal agencies should be able to replicate this success, and ensure that the organizational process can constantly produce high-performing teams, while not relying on any one individual.

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Outline/structure of the Session

  • Agile at Federal Agency - How is it different?
  • Digital Playbook and why is it important?
  • Share a story of one successful Agile team - What made them stand out?
  • Share stories of their failures along the way
  • Agile failure techniques, role-playing, pre-mortem, post-mortem etc.
  • Q/A

Learning Outcome

Take away understanding of how Agile team face unique challenges while working in Federal Agencies and what successful teams do differently!

Target Audience

Agile Enthusiast, Change Agents, Federal Agencies


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  • George Dinwiddie
    By George Dinwiddie  ~  3 days ago
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    Hi, Rupesh,

    While there are many Federal agencies "doing Agile," I've noticed that they are quick to declare success and hesitant to talk about the remaining problems. Your description and proposal don't indicate what kind of stories you will share--only that they were successful. Can you give us more information?

     - George

    • Rupesh Kumar
      By Rupesh Kumar  ~  2 days ago
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      Hi George,

      Thank you for your feedback.

      Henry Ford once said "The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.”  Failure is the best teacher..

      Over the course of our journey we faced quite a few failures and setback but each failure led the team to start thinking outside the box and closer to getting things done in a federal ecosystem.

      In my talk I will share the successes and many other failure stories and also discuss techniques such as  pre-mortem, post-mortem, role-playing and agile failure patterns which worked for our team.

      Please let me know if you have any other questions