Agile Basics for Government with ThoughtWorks
Most people interested in the field of innovation have heard of agile innovation teams. These small, entrepreneurial groups are designed to stay close to customers and adapt quickly to changing conditions. When implemented correctly, they have a reputation for almost always result in higher team productivity and moral, faster time to market, better quality and lower risk than traditional approaches can achieve.
But while agile methods caught on first in IT departments and are now widely used in software development, the agile approach has potential to transform the public sector in ways far beyond better bits and bytes. Conditions are ripe for agile teams in any situation where problems are complex, solutions are at first unclear, project requirements are likely to change, and close collaboration with end users is feasible: a description that matches many facing a wide variety of public sector activities.
This session will provide participants with an opportunity to explore what the world of agile can teach them – about themselves, their work and their potential to serve their clients better, whatever their role. It will confront some of the common myths and misconceptions about agile, and demonstrate how an agile approach can enable teams to deliver sooner and scale faster through a proven learning culture that builds and strengthens the team and its capabilities.