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FCW : March 15, 2015
An organization that promotes agile development, Agile Government Lead- ership, has released a new handbook that lists resources such as books, white papers, directives and articles, and includes a checklist, key questions and a “manifesto” of rules to live by when using agile techniques. “We find that many people are inter- ested in agile in government, but they don’t know how to begin, so they sort of need an introduc- tory text on agile use in gov- ernment,” said Robert Read, co-founder of the General Services Administration’s 18F and a member of AGL’s Steering Committee. “I think it’s a great starting point for information about doing agile, although I think people really need to practice agile in order to understand it.” About a year ago, GovFresh founder Luke Fretwell teamed up with software integration company CivicActions on a number of projects, including research- ing the use of agile development in government. After surveying the field, Fretwell said two things stood out. First, no community for agile had come together in government. “We wanted to create a hub and the com- munity to support [agile development], so we started working with govern- ment officials and building that com- munity,” Fretwell said. Second, feds’ awareness and under- standing of agile development varied. “There was an agile divide,” Fretwell said. “There were people like Robert who are expert in agile and then other people who didn’t have a clue what agile is.” Aside from what 18F and the U.S. Digital Service have done recently to raise awareness of new methods and techniques, the TechFAR Handbook also makes a case for why govern- ment should adopt agile techniques for IT development and project manage- ment. And the Government Account- ability Office released a list of 10 best practices for agile development in July 2012. In the spirit of the movement, AGL’s Agile Government Handbook has been published on GitHub, and the team is asking for feedback. “We’re expecting that there are peo- ple who are new to agile using it and then more seasoned people using agile who may have more case studies or success stories to add,” said Elizabeth Raley, director of professional servic- es at CivicActions. “We’re seeing the handbook as an iteration as well that we can continue to add things that will be of great use to the people using it.” Read said the intended customer is “the person who is in control of a $200,000 to $20 million budget, who needs to run an IT project and wants to do a good job using modern software methodology but doesn’t necessarily know where to begin and may not even be sure if they have permission to use agile.” But do agencies have the process- es and people in place to adopt agile methodology? “That’s like asking whether the gov- ernment is ready for oxygen,” Read said. “It needs it, whether it knows it needs it or not. I think the federal government is ready, [and] program managers are ready to see immediate results and de-risk projects by having gradual progress.” He added that government procure- ment strategies, however, might not be ready. “We need to discover ways to pro- cure agile services properly,” Read said. “But we’re breaking new ground in that respect.” — Colby Hochmuth March 15, 2015 FCW.COM 9 $4 million Is government ready for agile? is the Army’s estimated savings from adopting NASA-built automated software development procedures CMS sends faulty tax info to 800,000 customers The government sent incorrect tax information to about 800,000 people who received subsidized health insur- ance under the 2010 health care law. The glitch is the result of a miscalcu- lation of the benchmark monthly pre- mium amount that is used to determine subsidies. It is keyed to the second low- est priced Silver plan available to a cus- tomer in his or her state. That informa- tion, presented on the new 1095-A tax form, is used to calculate the total tax credit available to a filer for the year. Taxpayers who receive coverage under the law are required to recon- cile any advance tax credits with their premium costs and their income for the year. Some people will owe tax on advance credits, based on changes in their income. Officials at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services are investigat- ing what went wrong with the forms and said revised tax documents will go out in early March. Filers can also get their benchmark rates via a tool on HealthCare.gov. — Mark Rockwell We find that many people are interested in agile in government, but they don’t know how to begin, so they sort of need an introductory text. — ROBERT READ 0315fcw_003-010.indd 9 2/25/15 9:27 AM
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