I work with several government agencies. Recently I was discussing Agile techniques with a group of government project managers. One person said that he’d heard that Agile does not work well in a government environment. Could I describe situations where it was successful? Here is an example of how a formal Agile framework helped a big, long project.
After years of scope reductions, loss of resources, and postponements, Washington State switched to Agile Scrum for its new DMV website. Once the switch was made, the project was completed successfully – in half the time that had been estimated. (As presented by Joseph Flahiff at the PMI Government Community of Practice, February 2014)