Agile Transformation at the IRS: What Ken Schwaber didn’t teach us

In the 1040 environment of strict compliance, frequent audits and heavy penalties, the IRS has been pursuing the adoption of agile practices in order to realize faster project delivery that also result in better quality products. We now have bright spots throughout the enterprise, but getting here was a journey in which we had to adapt the traditional teachings of Scrum to the IRS culture. In this presentation, we will discuss the agile transformation journey of the IRS and provide the audience with a transformation framework that accounts for our lessons learned in a bureaucratic organization. The IRS is by no means the pinnacle of Scrum, we have a lot to learn. We hope that by sharing our challenges, other agencies undergoing transformation efforts will be able to avoid our missteps and learn from our actions.

 
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Outline/structure of the Session

Opening Remarks (5 minutes)

  • Quickly discuss federal trends toward agile development
  • Discuss the agile transformation approach at the IRS (grass roots effort vs. top-down approach)

Delivery Team Composition (10 minutes)

  • Quickly review the Scum roles (ScrumMaster, Product Owner, Delivery Team)
  • Discuss the organization structure at the IRS (functional silos) and how Delivery Partners fulfill each scrum role

Organizational structures (10 minutes)

  • Project Lifecycle: Discuss how we reduced documentation required
  • Discuss various staffing models used throughout the federal government
  • Explain the actual organizational barriers found at the IRS

Our Accomplishments (10 minutes)

  • Discuss the various structural approaches we have used and their results
  • Recommended Agile Transformation Framework (10 minutes
  • Share our lessons learned

Questions & Answers (10 minutes)

Learning Outcome

Learn how to cultivate agile practices in a bureaucratic environment

Target Audience

Individuals involved in federal agile transformation

Prerequisite

N/a

schedule Submitted 6 months ago

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  • Ben Morris
    By Ben Morris  ~  5 months ago
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    Sounds good. I'd value the tactical view and low-level lessons learned.


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