Agile development is becoming more commonplace for government departments. With the evolving technology and tepid economy, an agile approach is gaining popularity among federal workers. For example, the Veterans Affairs Department is focusing on creating smaller projects that require feedback from customers before moving forward with future developments. Essentially, this will prevent projects from running over budget and behind schedule.
However, an agile approach can also bring about risks and challenges. The culture of a federal organization is very focused on ownership issues. Agile systems also risk the challenge of gaining the trust of the agency leader and other business professionals. Although agile development can prevent projects from wasting time and money, they still run the risk of customers changing their minds at any time.
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