The term agile development has been used in the government IT arena for some time now – though it has never been fully embraced. The idea around agile is to leverage or acquire new innovations through an iterative process that is broken down in various phases.
The failed launch of HealthCare.gov has brought the concept of agile development to the forefront for many federal program managers. In addition, as this FCW article points out the recently released U.S. Digital Services Playbook strongly advises the use of “agile and iterative practices” in software design.
The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) is currently leading the way when it comes to agile IT development. It’s new and ambitious Map of the World, an effort to seamlessly integrate intelligence, is being rolled out in this iterative fashion.
In conjunction with this effort, the NGA is developing agile training courses for agency IT and acquisitions workers. These two-day courses will result in IT specialists being certified as “Scaled Agile Framework Agilists.” The NGA is also offering an agency-wide course to introduce the entire workforce to the concept of agile development, as well as provide ways to enhance overall business processes.
By embracing agile development, the NGA is paving the way for other agencies to effectively implement and procure the right solutions that always support mission goals. This is why we are naming the agency this week’s “GovTransformer.”
Stay tuned for our ongoing coverage of other federal executives and their agencies that are truly transforming how they support mission goals through the most effective use of IT.