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TECH BUYER Jun 2017 - IDC Perspective - Doc # US42779517

Agile in the U.S. Federal Government: Misconceptions, Movements, and Missteps

By: Thom RubelAdjunct Research Advisor, Susan MartinAdjunct Research Advisor

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This IDC Perspective, written for government CIOs and program executives, identifies and corrects some of the most common misconceptions about Agile and discusses evolutionary needs for federal project management and oversight. By educating themselves about these misconceptions and the realities of Agile in the government environment, IT leaders can accelerate agency digital transformation by leading to better choices about approaches to project delivery. While most agencies recognize the need to improve agility to effectively implement digital transformation (DX), some continue to be reluctant to use Agile for many types of projects because of its perceived higher risks and lower quality.

"Government IT leaders have the opportunity to examine their organization's long-held beliefs about Agile and educate their agency on how to move to the next levels of agility," says Thom Rubel, adjunct analyst with IDC's Research Network. "If they don't, they risk hindering their agency's transformation by unnecessarily avoiding perceived risks and forfeiting the opportunity to achieve true enterprise agility."


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