Introducing Agile Government Leadership

CivicActions has been actively using agile methodologies for the past several years. As we started our move into the federal government space, we began researching how government uses agile and found there was a strong need for a central, proactive movement to support public service and industry professionals championing and implementing it within the public sector.

As a company, we want to be a part of fostering a strong public sector agile community. Through our research, we discovered many other agile champions, inside and outside government, who felt there was a need to energize and mobilize seasoned professionals as well as those new to agile.

So, we collaborated with federal, state and local government and private sector leaders and helped launch Agile Government Leadership.

AGL’s mission is to foster awareness and create and aggregate resources that will make it easier for those implementing agile development to access information and get support from their peers within the public sector.

To get involved with AGL, join the LinkedIn and Facebook groups, follow on Twitter and visit the website at

CivicActions is excited to be part of this new movement, and we look forward to cultivating and growing the community so that together we can help build a responsive, engaged government that more efficiently and effectively serves its citizens.

2016-06-24T22:47:57+00:00 Categories: Agile, Agile Government Leadership, Government|

About the Author:

Elizabeth Raley joined CivicActions in 2010 as an Agile Project Manager and Quality Assurance guru and became Director of Professional Services in 2014. She excels at bringing balance, facilitating change, encouraging growth, and empowering people.

Elizabeth uses her Agile coaching and people skills to keep CivicActions’ team members present and productive, and her project management skills to help keep projects running transparently and smoothly. As the PM on a collaboration platform project for a large federal agency, she has led a team of 10+ engineers and user experience professionals through countless successful releases. Other projects that have benefited from Elizabeth’s enthusiasm and attention to quality include the Department of Defense, the City of Los Angeles, C2ES, Denver Public Library, EatFresh (San Francisco Human Services Agency), FosterClub, GlobalMDP Program (Columbia University), Netpop, and SACNAS.

Elizabeth is also on the steering committee of Agile Government Leadership (AGL), which is a community-powered network of agile professionals working to bring an iterative, user-focused approach to government project management. There she works with other members of the committee organizing and strategizing, creating course content and reaching out to other leaders in the agile community to participate and share their knowledge in order to propagate agile in government.

Prior to working at CivicActions, Elizabeth spent five years at the software company Casting Networks as Director of Project Management. There she helped form the PM and QA group along with introducing and implementing Agile methodologies.

Speaking about Agile is always of interest to Elizabeth and she has been fortunate enough to do so at the California Technology Forum 2016, FedScoop’s Lowering the Cost of Government w/ IT Summit 2016, Drupal GladCamp 2014, the Community Media Drupal Summit 2012, and Drupalcon Chicago 2011. She also moderates a monthly webinar, AGL Live.

Elizabeth earned her BFA at Wayne State University and is also a certified ScrumMaster. She lives in Los Angeles and spends her free time practicing yoga, reading the funnier side of the internet or hanging out with her favorite people: her family.