Agile SW Developmentmethodologies are being increasingly adopted in both the private and public sectors because of their potential to produce better software faster than traditional waterfall approaches. But the adoption of Agile by Federal agencies, where there is longstanding - and often contractual - tradition of waterfall approaches, presents challenges with the belief that never the twain shall meet. While purists may lament the merging of methodological dichotomies, we have found that the adoption of hybrid agile practices within a legacy Federal waterfall environment can lead to significantly improved outcomes. Realizing the benefits of Agile via a hybrid methodology raises common challenges that we have found can be overcome in “agile-esque” transition, including including:
Adopting a practical ‘water-scrum’ hybrid process
A multi-vendor environment for functional areas - requirements, development, QA, IV&V
Disparate geographic locations for key participants
Satisfying traditional SDLC gate reviews
This presentation will feature a case review with real-world lessons-learned adopting Agile methodologies in a distributed and multi-vendor environment within a large Federal healthcare agency.