By nature, it is contradictory to work in an agile set-up with the mindset of constant change and adaptability, while at the same time being assigned to fulfil a fixed legislation as a premise.

How can you work in an agile set-up when – from the agile perspective – you must comply with rigid rules and regulations and you discover the need to adjust or change a specific law and/or the legal interpretation of the law? Rigid in the sense that changing a law or legal interpretation takes time – more time than an agile approach normally allows for.

Nevertheless, the reality is that this is the premise of governmental organisations all around the world. However, by establishing a close collaboration between law makers and the agile delivery organisations a very fruitful collaboration can arise where both parties can benefit from better results.

In this talk, we will present three concrete examples from Denmark, including a government agency, a highly regulated public fund and a compliance program; all three examples have managed to drive value out of agile ways of working while at the same time working closely with lawmakers for mutual benefit.

Government agency case:
The government agency has implemented a full-scale SAFe program, where they manage to be in close dialogue with the law makers to adapt the laws according to the functionality available from each release in the agile program.

Public fund case:
For many years the public fund has supervised important parts of the Danish welfare system. They have successfully implemented agile ways of working, including legislation projects where all three project parameters: time, cost and scope are fixed. In this case, we will focus on how to interact with the legislators by being in continuous and close dialogue, so the legislators can help remove the impediments which are identified by the agile programs in the administrative interpretations of the laws to deliver better and simplified digital solutions.

Compliance program case:
We often think of compliance with government regulations as either compliant or non-compliant. However, in this case we will walk you through the major findings of a company’s agile compliance program where, in one year, they achieved 30 releases of new functionality supporting the compliance program. This was only made possible by including the government compliance agency in continuous dialogue and involvement.

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