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Agile 'cannot be ignored' says new Socitm guide

With public service organisations under huge pressure to do more things more quickly and at less cost, Agile methodologies cannot be ignored says Socitm's new guide.

Planting the Flag: pocket guide 6 - Agile is the final guide in the Socitm series covering strategic capabilities required for public service reform. The five other capabilities - leadership, governance, shared services, strategic commissioning, and organisational change - have already been covered by similar guides.

The new guide explains how Agile development can help organisations deliver the adaptable ICT-supported business processes they need in future. The guide contains three main sections:

  • Why important describes Agile's 'heritage', compares and contrasts it with project management methodologies like PRINCE2, and gives advice about when traditional or Agile methods might be chosen for particular projects or programmes.
  • The Agile methodology describes how Agile inverts traditional thinking about project management, and describes the various devices and techniques - among them 'MoSCoW', 'Sprints', and 'Scrum' - used to deliver projects
  • Critical steps to make it happen describes how to adopt Agile approaches successfully, drawing on learning from the programme of Agile pathfinder projects supported by Socitm and IndigoBlue Consulting Ltd during 2012.

The final section of the guide is a 16-point action plan for managers starting out with Agile.

Planting the Flag: pocket guide 6 - agile is downloadable free of charge for Socitm members and available at £50 each for non-members.

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