Scrum for Government
TRAINING & COACHING FOR TEAMS
IN PROJECTS FOR THE US GOVERNMENT
Clients often ask me: “Agile Government – isn’t that an oxymoron?” And my answer is “No, it is the same challenge that any organization, from a five people startup, to a 70,000 people communications company face.”
Scale is the big challenge when working in a large organization, and standards, and accepted processes. These obstacles to change are serious, and have to be taken serious, but they can be overcome when the involved organization is determined to make a change. When the organization has a reason to make a change. And when leadership drives the change. Those factors are no different in any organization.
At the core of Agile lies the principle “People & Communication over Process & Tools”. I believe that this principle is leading for all software professionals – whether they are in government, a multi-national organization or in a startup. I believe that a Project Management Professional uses this value from the Agile Manifesto as much as a ScrumMaster does. I believe that the owners of Fed & DoD projects are just as anxious as any other product owner to bring their results in the best possible circumstances – on time, on budget and with the right scope.
I’m focusing the efforts of SmitsMC towards government initiatives because I’ve always had a passion for change in large organizations. My first agile project was at Intelligent Finance, then BMC Software, AOL, CISCO followed. With the experience of those organizations under my belt I’m now applying the principles of Scrum for Professionals to the world of the US Government.
Hubert Smits – October 2014