OneSpring’s own Jason Moccia contributed to a debate on the value of Agile development in a Federal Computer Week article written on the topic. The full article can be viewed at Federal Computer Week.
Agile development is becoming more and more prevalent in the Federal space with many agencies mandating its use. Agile is a fast and highly iterative process which requires new skill sets and disciplines. One key challenge is adapting and/or modifying current processes within this new framework. Government and industry alike are currently working on Agile adoption strategies with many companies developing their own hybrid models. Most of these models follow a similar path with slight variations throughout. However, the goal remains the same for the government, which is to develop software in shorter increments thus reducing cost, development time, and risk. If the plan works, everyone will benefit because the government will be able to start releasing software far faster. That means that critical systems that help insure our nations security will be developed in value driven increments as opposed to long drawn out software development life-cycles. We all benefit by making this work.