UK government is spending millions on agile development coaching and training

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Verdict

- Agile is the way forward – digital projects require an approach that allows for change and constant testing, whilst still allowing innovation to be introduced. This just doesn’t work within the confines of a traditional waterfall environment.

- However, departments need to be aware that it isn’t just the development team that needs to be skilled up – it’s all of the governance surrounding the procurement that needs to change. You can’t be working in an agile way, but still reporting using waterfall structures.

- If the money needs to be spent, it needs to be spent. But I’d like to see agile advocates within government being pushed around departments to evangelise the benefits and help get teams on the right track.