I subscribe to the free investigative reports generated by the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO). For my foreign readers and those not familiar with GAO, the agency describes itself as follows:
"The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) is an independent, nonpartisan agency that works for Congress. Often called the "congressional watchdog," GAO investigates how the federal government spends taxpayer dollars. The head of GAO, the Comptroller General of the United States, is appointed to a 15-year term by the President from a slate of candidates Congress proposes."
GAO sends me email updates whenever they publish investigative reports in a number of categories. Imagine my surprise today when I opened their message about new reports in government information technology…
Software Development: Effective Practices and Federal Challenges in Applying Agile Methods. GAO-12-681, July 27.
Hmmm…I went to the site and downloaded it, and you can also with this link:
As the document is quite lengthy, including all of the boilerplate typical in government documentation, I will spend some free time over the weekend perusing the report and I'm fairly certain I will be posting commentary on it here in the next few days.
Agile government IT projects? Almost sounds oxymoronic, but I'll give it a chance and give you my take after I read it.