Agile principles are vital to driving tangible government value and user-centric outcomes
What’s “agility,” and why “Agile?”
IBM defines “agility” as the ability of an organization to rapidly, efficiently and structurally adapt to the changing business environments in both internal and external markets. Because government organizations are affected by an ever-increasing number of factors that can fundamentally change the ways in which services are delivered to citizens, Agile principles and methodologies – fueled by design thinking – are particularly well-suited for the public sector.
In “A Guide to Critical Success Factors in Agile Delivery,” IBM’s Center for the Business of Government found that “numerous studies and years of implementation experience with software development within complex IT projects provide evidence that Agile approaches, when executed correctly, improve the delivery of software and large system integration projects.”
However, “while many agencies are having success with basic Scrum practices, others still struggle to leverage the power of Agile for their key initiatives, or have not optimized their practices to realize full lifecycle benefits from Agile. For optimal results, Agile software development approaches must be planned, implemented with discipline, and tailored to the need of the project and the organization.”
BE agile to DO Agile!
At IBM, we’re equipping our people with a deep, comprehensive understanding of Agile concepts and corresponding methodologies to help our public sector clients take full advantage of Agile as a means to realizing mission value more effectively. We believe that enabling a Lean/Agile mindset in both our IBM practitioners and clients is paramount to attaining better outcomes; essentially, ‘being’ agile equates to more success ‘doing’ agile.
To help hone our services and drive Agile government implementation, IBM’s Global Business Services Public Service organization has joined the International Consortium of Agile (ICAgile), enabling us to accredit our proprietary “IBM Agile Fundamentals” course in accordance with ICAgile’s stringent learning objectives and provide ICAgile certifications to our clients and consultants.
The comprehensive course provides employees and our clients with a highly interactive, immersive learning experience designed to help practitioners adopt an Agile mindset and successfully apply Agile concepts to their business challenges. Upon completion, employees and public service clients gain an understanding of core lean/Agile values and principles; managing work in progress; continuous improvement and feedback; shifts in roles; team collaboration, and value-driven development, along with the essential building blocks of several popular Agile frameworks.
In addition, working with ICAgile will further enhance adoption and execution of IBM Open Source Agile, an approach to providing excellence in Agile consulting, delivery, and transformation services – developed over more than 15 years of client engagement experience and infused with thought leadership, innovation, and collaboration from across the entire IBM Agile community of 90,000+ practitioners. IBMers will provide higher levels of value delivery for government clients by incorporating core Agile principles that embed leading industry practices, IBM design thinking, and DevOps.
“IBM’s commitment to an Agile mindset, competence-based learning journeys and tailored Agile implementations will bring considerable value to its public service clients on agile transformation journeys. ICAgile happily welcomes IBM to the consortium and looks forward to a great partnership,” said Shannon Ewan, ICAgile’s managing director.
ICAgile membership and course accreditation underscores IBM’s commitment to embracing Agile at an enterprise level, while also significantly augmenting our Agile services. The federal government increasingly seeks agility in its operations and, as a trusted partner to our public service clients, we are dedicated to providing the expertise necessary to help them successfully navigate the nuances of their Agile journeys.
Does your government organization want to leverage Agile to help realize mission value with more frequency and predictability? IBM employs modern, IT concepts and practices that can help you successfully apply agile in a public sector environment – let us be a trusted partner in your organization’s lean/agile transformation.
Want to know more?
Learn more about ICAgile, a global Agile accreditation and certification organization, here.
Michael Preis is Vice President and Partner, Public Service, IBM Global Business Services. Michael has been with IBM for 16 years and has more than 30 years’ experience developing IT solutions for the federal government.