The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) is an independent, nonpartisan agency that reviews federal programs in response to Congressional requests. In the past, we have found that federal agencies have struggled to adopt and execute Agile. As a result, we began to develop the GAO Agile guide in consultation with approximately 400 experts from across government, industry, and academia. The guide will establish a consistent framework based on best practices that can be used across the federal government for developing, implementing, managing, and evaluating agencies’ IT investments that rely on Agile methods.
The guide will provide a comprehensive framework for Agile adoption. The will inform agency transitions to Agile and oversight entities as they seek to evaluate these transitions. For example, the guide will cover topics such as agency, team, and program-level best practices for adopting Agile; requirements management best practices, acquisition best practices for Agile projects; and best practices for cost and schedule estimating and using Earned Value Measurement on Agile projects. It will also discuss Agile adoption and execution metrics and provide a discussion on myths surrounding Agile development. GAO has previously developed guides for cost estimating, schedule estimating, and technology readiness assessments that have been widely adopted in the federal government and beyond.
This presentation will provide an overview of the *GAO Agile Assessment Guide* and the best practices described within.