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In the 11th episode of StateScoop Radio’s “Priorities” series, state IT thought leaders share their experiences and aspirations surrounding agile development in its early stages of government adoption.
Jake Williams is currently the Associate Publisher & Director of Strategic Initiatives for StateScoop, based in Washington, D.C., where h...
Agile development may be relatively new in state government, but the potential benefits of the methodology are hard to argue with, experts on the latest episode of StateScoop Radio’s “Priorities” podcast said.
The methodology — characterized by short development times and rapid releases — has popped up in the last two years as a dominating player in state government priorities. On the National Association of State Chief Information Officers’ annual top 10 priority list, agile and incremental software delivery debuted at the No. 9 slot for 2016.
Jim Smith, Maine’s CIO, said the state runs 75 percent of its projects under the agile development methodology, but still acknowledges there's a lot of work to do.
“We knew there had to be a better way, and government is just so ripe for this better way to deliver short sprints and get things that people can touch and play with early,” Smith said on Priorities. “We’re not all the way there yet.”
In Maryland, Deputy CIO Luis Estrada said the state wasn’t nearly as advanced on agile as Maine, but the Department of Information Technology was rapidly working to bring agile into a more dominant position.
“We have projects that go on for eight or 10 years that don’t deliver anything,” Estrada said. “We have to change that culture. We’re implementing an enterprise agile method, and it starts with alignment and removing the barriers between the silos in the state.”
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Priorities is StateScoop’s monthly podcast that examines the leading strategies, technologies and challenges that state CIOs expect to face this year.