Agile

Experiments in Tweaking Agile for UX

Jul 17, 2018 | ,

Designers at the Federal Reserve Board share how they adjusted the agile process to work better for their team. Read »

Experiments in Tweaking Agile for UX

How One Team is Making the Transition to Agile

Jun 26, 2018 |

A hybrid approach of waterfall and agile practices is helping the USGS make the transition to agile. Read »

How One Team is Making the Transition to Agile

Thinking About Going Agile? 5 Benefits Your Office Will Reap With Agile Methods

Apr 3, 2018 |

Five benefits of using agile methodologies that can help federal employees improve the quality of their work. Read »

Thinking About Going Agile? 5 Benefits Your Office Will Reap With Agile Methods

Thinking About Going Agile? Consider Mass Training to Facilitate the Change

Mar 13, 2018 |

How organizational instruction can help transform the processes and culture of your office. Read »

Thinking About Going Agile? Consider Mass Training to Facilitate the Change

Managing Custom Software Development in Government When You’re Not a Software Engineer

Sep 21, 2017 |

As custom software development becomes integral to accomplishing any program’s mission, many managers in government find themselves faced with handling the unfamiliar: overseeing the design and implementation of a digital product that is functional, user-friendly, and necessary for realizing your program’s mission. Read »

Managing Custom Software Development in Government When You’re Not a Software Engineer

Four Challenges of Adopting Team Structures (And How Leaders Can Mitigate Them)

Jun 15, 2017 |

If you’re considering “going agile,” one of the critical components of such a transformation will be adopting team structures. In your current, pre-teaming state, your developers are probably working by themselves, and may be engaging directly with stakeholders. Agile will place your developers into teams. Teaming is important, as it will enable your development staff Read »

The Data Briefing: Design-Driven Enterprise Architecture Creating the New Federal Government Agency

Jun 7, 2017 |

It’s been a while since I’ve checked in on enterprise architecture (EA). My last in-depth work with EA was around 2011 when I was on detail to the Office of Personnel Management’s Open Government Team. The EA model I worked with was the top-down organizational design of information technology assets, data assets, and business processes. Read »

Becoming an Agile Content Team

May 16, 2017 |

In March, the team of writers and editors at USAGov adopted some agile principles in an attempt to streamline our content development process. We hoped operating in a more agile manner would help us address some of the challenges we were facing as a team: Read »

Buzzwords for 2017

Mar 16, 2017 |

Along with the New Year comes new buzzwords. Here are some that you are certain to hear about and see this year. Chatbot Short for ”chat robot,” a chatbot is a computer program that simulates human conversation, or chat, through artificial intelligence. They are commonly found on web sites and used to communicate with a person—you might have seen them Read »

The Life-Changing Magic of Writing Release Notes

Jan 19, 2017 |

A key part of agile development is constantly shipping new features. The team behind the Federal Election Commission’s (FEC) beta website ships new features at least once every two weeks. Sometimes the features are big, noticeable changes, such as the new home page we recently launched. And other times they’re small (a copy edit, an Read »

Three Small Steps You Can Take to Reboot Agile in Your Organization

Oct 31, 2016 | , ,

This past summer, 18F held an agile workshop for the National Technical Information Service (NTIS), part of the U.S. Department of Commerce. An agency with roots going back to World War II, NTIS is facing a future that requires a strategic realignment towards open data and services. This strategic alignment will also require that NTIS Read »

Announcing the Digital Acquisition Accelerator Playbook

Oct 20, 2016 |

Built on the lessons learned during the pilot phase of the Digital Acquisitions Accelerator, the accompanying playbook examines the current acquisition landscape and provides an approach to procuring custom software solutions. Read »

The Data Briefing: Twenty Years of USAJOBS

Oct 12, 2016 |

I recently sat down with Michelle Earley, Program Manager, to discuss the new changes for the 20th anniversary of USAJOBS. 1) What are the three big lessons learned from 20 years of building and managing USAJOBS? I think one of the greatest benefits of being an Agile program is that we are constantly learning. In Read »

Transforming the Federal Marketplace, Two Years In

Oct 11, 2016 |

Summary: It’s been two years since we laid out the Administration’s plan to transform the Federal marketplace. Here’s a look at what we’ve accomplished, and what’s next. Over the last two years, we’ve focused on our mission to implement the President’s vision for a modern government– one that leverages private-sector best practices to achieve a Read »

Vendors and Government Strengthen Partnership at Technology Industry Day

Sep 30, 2016 |

On September 8th, the General Services Administration (GSA) held a Technology Industry Day to talk to industry leaders about the products and solutions developed by our agency and to hear feedback on how we can better engage industry. We’re thrilled that more than 300 members of the technology industry in person and via the live Read »

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