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Thursday, August 8 • 9:00am - 10:15am
Using Agile to Transform Federal IT Capabilities One Agency at a Time (Carol Macha) LIMITED

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I will describe how embracing Agile allowed the Department of Veterans Affairs to become one of the leading IT development and delivery shops in the federal Government. I will emphasize the tremendous turnaround in on-time information technology (IT) delivery performance VA achieved through the implementation of Agile practices and using a VA specific version of Agile we call the Project Management Accountability System (PMAS). I will also share how VA’s PMAS methodology and principles are shareable to other organizations, both government and industry.

• I will begin with a description of VA’s IT organization in the 2007-2009 timeframe. It was a failing organization that was able to deliver only 30% of its projects on time.

o Project managers routinely failed to deliver capabilities on time and senior leaders did not hold them accountable

o Projects frequently got off-track and were taking longer and longer to deliver

• VA’s Office of Information and Technology (OIT) was an organization that answered yes to the following questions:

o Does your organization deliver a significant percentage of IT projects late or not at all?

o Does your organization devote time and money to projects that take years to deliver IT capabilities?

o Does your organization sustain or extend funding for IT projects that fail to deliver on time?

o Is your organization’s leadership frustrated with the current IT delivery model?

o Can your organization deliver IT capabilities early and often?

• Clearly, it was time for a return to VA’s accountability culture

o VA had to return to a culture in which it was accountable for the expenditure of its IT resources and to efficiently deliver IT capabilities needed by our country’s Veterans

o Office of Information and Technology (OIT) senior leaders wanted a project management methodology that reinvigorated accountability and embraced agile practices in daily execution

• VA returned to accountability by using Agile practices to deliver IT capabi


Thursday August 8, 2013 9:00am - 10:15am CDT
Canal C/D