Federal IT and Agile – A Winning Partnership

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IBA's Agile development brings Alignment, Transparency, Speed and Success to Federal and DOD projects.

The throttle of success is a team’s ability to understand, adopt, and gain support for the new process, not just the process itself.

Many federal agencies have a history of developing software solutions utilizing a traditional methodology, including long projects that may take years before a usable product is delivered to the customers. This is no longer effective. As budgets and customer expectations shift, the need to deliver a higher quality product at an improved rate, while reducing time, cost and risk, is becoming the norm and not the exception.

Process: A successful Agile Transformation requires a significant shift and streamlining of processes for the Program Office, Project teams, and their business and technical customers. Agile represents a fundamental shift from the traditional “Waterfall” method of development. In its inherent effort to eliminate waste and achieve balance, it requires a much higher level of customer and team member involvement, with a dramatic change in the way IT team members plan for and perform their work. A critical foundation for a successful Agile Transformation is to create an environment where the Agile process can flourish in your Agency.

Coaching and Training: As with any organizational change, achieving staff buy-in and commitment requires both an enhancement of their skills and securing their support for the change. Seek out an Agile Partner who has extensive experience running large and complex projects that require organizational change and commitment. This experience is critical to create Agency wide cohesion and the comprehensive Agile processes and messaging necessary. Combine this with interactive on-site and off-site training courses, as well as the industry’s principal Agile coaches, and your agency will achieve success in their Agile Transformation.

IBA – Your Agile Transformation Partner: IBA’s teams bring their unique skill sets of Agile Transformation, project management, and organizational adjustment implementation to successfully deliver Agency Agile Transformation initiatives.

Our core competencies include coaching and mentoring technology organizations who are seeking to successfully implement organizational wide technical and cultural changes for their teams and processes. We strive in all engagements to improve people, processes, and solutions. Not to pull work out of an agency, but to improve the efficiency of that agency and its teams.

Irving Burton Associates, Inc., (IBA) recently completed an Agile Transformation for a Global Government Agency, with over 24 IT Product Teams, supporting 7 x 24 x 365 mission-critical applications. This agency now uses Agile as their default standard, and has reduced development costs an Average of 50% per release over traditional waterfall releases. Agency Agile releases are also achieving an average of 400% improvement in Time to Market metrics. Call IBA today to see how we can help your Federal teams succeed with Agile.

IBA offers tailored Agile Coaching, Training, Staffing and Development solutions for federal and civilian agencies. Our IBA Agile Health check product provides you with a clear, actionable plan how to align, move forward, and succeed with Agile. Improve quality while reducing time, cost and risk per initiative / release. Call us today to get started or visit us at http://www.ibacorp.us/.

IBA is a proud sponsor for the Washington DC Federal Scrum Alliance User Group. http://scrum.ibacorp.us

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