How Agile is leading the Digital Government revolution
Ryan Androsoff and myself presented at the last Gatineau-Ottawa Agile Tour (GOAT2016) that took place at the Shaw Centre on Nov 21, 2016. It was a great event that attracted more than 500 attendees! Our presentation covered the following broad topics:
- The latest digital government trends happening internationally,
- The digital government activity taking place here in Canada,
- The reasons why public servants have generally been slow adopters of Agile principles,
- Tips and tricks to implement Agile in your agency or department; and
- A few examples of Agile success stories in the government.
The talk was generally well received and emphasized that the time has never been better for departments and agencies to embark in their 1. Agile, 2. User-centred design and 3. Results & delivery transformation. Combined, these three knowledge areas form the basis of the recent digital government movement in Canada. One of the recent recommendations from the IT Strategic Plan 2016-2020 is to adopt Agile principles to reap the benefits of increased agility and speed of delivery. With such an explicit recommendation coming from the centre, agencies and departments that are still hesitating to embark on their transformation journey probably need to look internally to find the root cause as opposed to thinking that some TBs policy forbids making the jump.
It's a very exciting time to be working in government and I believe it's only going to get better in the coming years.