Agile Government Leadership

AgileGovCon 2017

Public service leaders wanting to learn more about agile project management and its specific applications to government can register (free) for AgileGovCon 2017.

The virtual mini-conference, hosted by Agile Government Leadership, is June 1 and is “dedicated to helping people in all levels of government effectively bring agile practices and culture into their agencies.”

Format includes lightning talks and panel discussions by agile government practitioners, as well as virtual networking with peers and speakers in the online hangout room. There will be video conferencing and a discussions in the AGL Slack community (join).

Who should attend?

  • C-suite leaders
  • Government employees
  • Agile vendors to government
  • Contracting officers
  • Change agents / mission drivers
  • Program and project managers


  • Modern Agile Procurement
  • Cultural Change in Government
  • The Tao of Agile: What Makes Agile Work
  • What Agile Looks Like in Local Government
  • Building an Agile Enterprise in Government
  • Panel Discussion: “Cultural Transformation Towards Agile”
  • Agile in a Legacy Environment
  • Eureka! User Centered Design on Large Scale, Legacy Projects
  • DevOps and Continuous Deployment
  • What I Learned About Agile at 18F


  • Ann Dunkin (CIO, County of Santa Clara)
  • Kendra Skeene (Director of Product, GeorgiaGov Interactive)
  • Raphy Villas (Transformation Lead, U.S. Department of Labor)
  • Mark Vogelgesang (Software Release Manager, General Services Administration)
  • Jesse Taggert (Product Strategy & Experience Design Leader, CWDS (California))
  • Chris Cairns (Co-founder, 18F / Founder, 18F Consulting)
  • Greg Godbout (Co-Founder, 18F / CEO, cBrain North America)
  • Robert L. Read (Co-founder, 18F / Founder, Public Invention For All Humanity)
  • Tim Nolan (Sr. Applications Manager, Collin County, TX)
  • Dr. David Rico (Lean / Agile Technical Leader, U.S. Gov’t Contractors)
  • Doug Birgfeld (President, LifeWave Coaching / Founder, Maine Agile Center of Excellence)
  • Elizabeth Raley (Director of Professional Services, CivicActions)
  • Josh Smith (Practice Manager, Acquia)

Register for AgileGovCon 2017 and join the AGL Slack community to collaborate during and after the event.

New online course: Agile for the government product owner

Agile Government Leadership has launched a new online course focused on the government product owner and will host a webinar on June 16 to give an overview and answer questions.

The course, Agile for the Government Product Owner, part of the AGL Academy, is free and self-guided.

As I’ve mentioned here before, the product owner is one of the most important, if not the most important, positions in government technology.

Register for the introductory webinar.

Free webinar: ‘Agile for the Government Project Manager’

AGL AcademyAgile Government Leadership has created AGL Academy to help public sector professionals (and their supporting vendors) learn more about agile development practices in the context of government.

The first course, “Agile for the Government Project Manager,” is self-guided, but AGL Working Group members are offering a free webinar to walk through the components of each lesson.

Learn more about the project manager course and register.

For questions, contact AGL.

Retrospecting agile government

Last week, I was in New Orleans for the CivicActions corporate retreat, and presented to the team on the work done around Agile Government Leadership, and I wanted to share some of this here because, while there’s still much to do around changing government project management practices, we’ve accomplished a great deal over the past 18 months since its inception.

Here’s an overview:


  • Momentum: This isn’t necessarily a reflection on the work we’re doing, but more the reality on the time it takes to bring awareness and influence culture change. We’ve seen this with government adoption of open source and open data, and changing project management practices, especially when procurement policies play a big role, will take time.

Next steps:

We’re currently conducting a survey on how AGL can best address the community needs, so please take the survey.

Additional thoughts:

When you’re in the weeds building something, you don’t always take the time to fully step back and take a holistic look at what’s been accomplished, but I’m really proud of the work that’s been done by so many people. Big shout out and thank you to the AGL steering committee and my colleagues Elizabeth Raley, Henry Poole, Aaron Pava, Bill Ogilvie and the entire CivicActions team for supporting this initiative.

AGL is proof that true civic innovation is about collaboration across the public and private sectors, focusing on impact, adding value and, when it comes to transforming government, believing in the long game.

Take the 2015 Agile Government Survey

Agile Government LeadershipAgile Government Leadership wants to learn more about the state of agile project management in government, its challenges and successes, and how AGL can better support the community.

The 2015 Agile Government Survey is now open to public sector employees and private sector vendors across all professional areas of expertise (executive, procurement, project managers, developers).

Please take a few minutes to participate in the survey and share with your colleagues.

Register: ‘Agile Government and the State of Maine’

MaineAgile Government Leadership will host its next AGL Live, “Agile Government and the State of Maine,” featuring Maine Director of Business Process Management Douglas Averill.

AGL Steering Committee Member Robert L. Read will host and moderate the discussion.

The Google Hangout on Air will be held on May 21, 4-5:00 p.m. ET.

Register here.

Video overview of Maine’s agile adoption:

New video roundtable series: ‘Transforming Government IT’

Photo: U.S. Navy / Gary Nichols

Photo: U.S. Navy / Gary Nichols

A new roundtable series focused on “Transforming Government IT” will bring together leaders in both the public and private sectors from Washington, D.C., to Silicon Valley, to discuss how the federal government can reinvent its approach to technology.

The first roundtable, “Loving Both Innovation and Security,” will be held this Tuesday, April 28, starting at 10:30 a.m. PT (1:30 p.m. ET). The focus will be on how cybersecurity can be used to accelerate innovation in the federal government workforce and keep pace with the private sector.

Future discussions include “Security in an Open World of Free Software,” “Continuous Monitoring to Trust the Cloud” and “A Lean Plan for Security & Compliance.”

The series is a collaboration between Agile Government Leadership, CivicActions and Reinventors Network. Similar series from Reinventors Network have tackled nuclear security, universities and Hollywood.

Register here for the first event.

Register and learn how Salt Lake City is going agile

Salt Lake City

Join Agile Government Leadership tomorrow via Google Hangout on Air for a discussion on how Salt Lake City is implementing agile development.


  • Bill Haight, CIO, Salt Lake City
  • Drew Gordan, IMS Business Services Manager, Salt Lake City
  • Elizabeth Raley, Director of Professional services, CivicActions
  • Luke Fretwell, GovFresh


Agile Government in Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City first introduced Agile processes in the City Council’s office and, since then the Information Management Services office has adopted it as a core component of its project management. Salt Lake City CIO Bill Haight and IMS Business Services Manager Drew Gordan will share how they introduced and implemented Agile, including advice, challenges and lessons learned.

Register here