Cultivating Agile Practices in the Midst of Bureaucratic Procedures

Federal agencies have been increasingly urging projects to use agile practices to produce higher quality products faster. Unfortunately, the culture and established processes (e.g. Waterfall) hinder the adoption of agile practices. In this presentation we will talk about how we were able to give Agile projects more autonomy and get around a Change Request Process that required a 2 month approval cycle for any change to user stories

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Outline/structure of the Session

Opening Remarks (5 minutes)

  • Quickly discuss federal trends toward agile development
  • Discuss the current state of agile transformation at the IRS

Change Management (10 minutes)

  • Describe the historic change management process at the IRS
  • Explain why it is unsuitable for agile projects with shortened development cycles

Agile Change Management (10 minutes)

  • Describe the new approach that we implemented and the history of development
  • Illustrate the impacts of the new approach

Federal Agile Transformation Framework (10 minutes)

  • Demonstrate that in a well established bureaucracy, a evolutionary approach to change gets better results than a revolutionary approach.
  • Illustrate our framework for increasing an agencies agility (Identify Development Impediments and Process Owners, Determine Underlying Rationale, Develop lightweight functional equivalents that move the ball towards agile)

Questions & Answers (10 minutes)

Learning Outcome

Learn how to cultivate agile practices in a bureaucratic environment

Target Audience

Individuals involved in federal agile transformation



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