Lean Documentation in a Federal Government Context: How an Agile team can meet mandatory Federal IT governance documentation requirementsCraeg K Strong
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Many Federal government agencies are implementing Agile methods in addition to or in lieu of traditional waterfall lifecycle models. However, comprehensive documentation is often still required by Federal IT governance, legal, regulatory, or statutory frameworks, or to meet outside audit or “watchdog “ requirements. The Agile Manifesto values “working software over comprehensive documentation,” but that does not mean that Agile teams cannot or should not produce valuable documentation. Although there are some well-publicized Agile success stories in the federal space, some agile federal projects are receiving criticism for failing to meet applicable standards when it comes to documentation deliverables. With Agile’s emphasis on small, lean teams and intensive technical practices such as pair programming, meeting documentation requirements set forth by Federal IT governance poses challenges for Agile teams in the Federal space. This session will review the documentation that is typically required in a heavily regulated environment, and discuss specific techniques for reducing, replacing, generating, or “slimming” the document deliverables. Specific tools, techniques and best practices will be reviewed and analyzed with “before” and “after” snapshots and a look at cost versus benefit. Documentation generation is an area of intensive activity with some very exciting new developments that can change the game significantly for the better! Tune in to share insights and discuss strategies for breaking down one of the last big barriers to significant agile adoption in the federal space.