Back in late 2008, President Barack Obama and his Chief of Staff put together a new world order for government agencies to do Agile. To be 100% honest with you, I’ve been sincerely waiting to see how its been fairing.
Since I don’t work at the FBI and the Veterans Affairs, I’ve only been able to wait patiently and follow news reports of our new government doing Agile. We wrote a bit about the Veterans Affairs before, but a recent article we read let us know a little bit more.
What is funny to us is that the FBI and Veterans Affairs didn’t ask to be guinea pigs to test Agile. Reviewers gave the Veterans Affairs Department and the FBI credit for good intentions but also said their ability to fully embrace the many facets of Agile development fell short.
“The GAO report said that although the Agile process has given VA added flexibility and helped it complete early phases on schedule, the department has experienced reduced functionality and schedule delays for later phases. Meanwhile, a review of the FBI’s plan to use an agile approach to complete the remainder of its troubled Sentinel case management system turned up several weaknesses.” – Federal Computer Week
Uh oh. Looks like a case of poor implementation. The good news is that the reviewers said that it wouldn’t be too hard to fix.
Good luck there guys. With all the issues the President if facing these days. Let’s hope Agile software development can rise to the top as a success during Obama’s tenure.