In an effort to inspire other technology companies to participate in the California Agile Development Prequalified vendor pool, CivicActions will share what it learned and help others understand how they can best navigate the process.
CivicActions Director of Professional Services Elizabeth Raley moderated the agile panel at FedScoop’s 8th annual Lowering the Cost of Government with IT Summit.
CivicActions Director of Professional Services Elizabeth Raley will moderate a panel discussion at FedScoop's Lowering the Cost of Gov with IT Summit in Washington, D.C.
CivicActions Named to California Office of Systems Integration Agile Development Pre-Qualified Vendor Pool
We're honored to be included in the new California Office of Systems Integration Agile Development Pre-qualified Vendor Pool.
Chris Cairns and other leaders of 18F within the GSA created a seminal RFQ in order to qualify cutting-edge firms to do Agile work for the Federal government.
CivicActions was featured in StateScoop on June 16, 2016 for sharing information openly with competitors regarding California's proposal to overhaul the foster child case management system.
CivicActions was featured in TechWire on June 9, 2016 for encouraging open collaboration on a proposal for the State of California's Health and Human Services Agency.
CivicActions was featured in an article written on March 4, 2016 by StateScoop which introduces the AGL Academy, a series of free online courses designed to teach agile development practices to government workers.
CivicActions director of Professional Services Elizabeth Raley published a commentary on February 29, 2016 in TechWire with Salt Lake City Chief Information Officer Bill Haight that describes how adopting modern agile project management methods is critical to saving government IT projects from failure.
CivicActions was featured in an article written on March 4, 2016 by FCW introducing the AGL Academy, a series of free online courses designed to teach agile development practices to government project managers.
CivicActions was featured in an article written on March 4, 2016 by FedScoop which introduces the AGL Academy, a series of free online courses designed to teach agile development practices to government workers.
CivicActions was featured on Nov 17, 2014 of Government Technology where Bill Haight and Elizabeth Raley discussed agile and waterfall methodologies, relationships in government, and the Agile Government Leadership.
In hybrid "agile-fall" approaches which demand a binding project plan, "agile" loses right off the bat, and never gets to employ the features that make it successful in any meaningful way.
Agile2015 Presentation: Agile White House: How the TechFAR & Digital Services Playbook are Transforming Government
Lead by Aaron Pava, participants will understand the history, intentions and key components of the Digital Services Playbook and accompanying TechFAR Handbook.
CivicActions was featured on July 27, 2015 of Federal Times that features how 18F is leading a new industry standard Agile BPA for federal procurement by abandoning the traditional RFP process.
CivicActions was featured on July 15, 2015 of Fedscoop that features the General Services Administration's 18F Agile Delivery Services Blanket Purchase Agreement.
CivicActions was featured in the July 30, 2015 print issue of Federal Computer Week related to our work around the General Services Administration and 18F open request for quotation for a new federal marketplace for agile delivery services.
CivicActions shares the rules of evaluating solicitation responses for General Services Administration Agile Services Blanket Purchase Agreement RFQs.
Over the last 2 years, we have found that sharing balance scores on a call only takes 5 seconds cumulatively for an entire team. We've also found that this simple one number check-in reduces anxiety for the person who shares, and for others on the team.
CivicActions was featured on Feb 13, 2015 of Federal Computer Week that discusses the U.S. Digital Services Playbook, 18F's open-source policy, and the Agile Government Handbook.
CivicActions was featured on Feb 9, 2015 of NextGov that discusses The Agile Government Leadership and launch of the Agile Government Handbook.
The Agile Government Leadership group did a tremendous amount of research around what was needed to help government better understand and adopt Agile development practices, and the biggest "ask" was always around awareness and training.
I've been working on scrum teams for awhile now and I recently went through the Certified ScrumMaster course which provided a nice refresher. One take-away I want to share is the reminder to avoid performing "Scrum Buts" - this is the notion of practicing only portions of the Scrum process.
The success of every development project hinges on a strong product owner. At CivicActions, we use a simple assessment to give potential product owners an idea of what is required of them and help assess if they can do the job.
Earlier this week, I gave a primer on the new U.S. Digital Services Playbook and TechFAR at the Agile DC conference. The presentation was titled, Agile Gov Playbook: Dissecting the New White House TechFAR Handbook.
There’s been much discussion of late about federal government IT procurement. As a small business that has recently received our GSA Schedule and won our first contract as a prime contractor, we here at CivicActions have learned a lot in a short amount of time.
CivicActions collaborated with federal, state and local government and private sector leaders to launch the Agile Government Leadership, a group to foster awareness, 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.
We do our work from all over the world, which makes it hard to use standard Agile tools like sticky notes and dot voting to collaborate. Since we use Trello quite a bit, we decided to experiment with Trello's voting feature.
CivicActions has been a virtual organization since it was founded, and we’ve adopted Agile methods--especially Scrum--for all of our projects in recent years. And since March 2012, we’ve adopted Trello as our go-to solution for managing virtual, Scrum projects.
We've recently implemented a new framework*/process inside of our operations at CivicActions that has had amazing results in our organization and we've been sharing this with our clients, too. It's so exciting I want to share with anyone leading teams of people to achieve something. That's a pretty broad audience, [...]
The rules of Scrum are simple and complete, but it's easy to stray from the plan that Scrum has so clearly laid out. Part of the role of a ScrumMaster is to teach and coach on Scrum - and make sure that the framework is being followed. It's simple [...]
The Sprint Planning Meeting is the first meeting to kick off the sprint. It is attended by the ScrumMaster, Development Team and the Product Owner, along with interested and invited stakeholders. The meeting is time boxed to 8 hours, so it's important to gather first thing, usually on a [...]
My first post in this series discussed the 3 Elements of Scrum and now I'd like to touch on why I chose Scrum. You can also read the series on how CivicActions implemented Scrum here. Scrum is a buzz word among many Drupal shops and web companies. It may be considered [...]
My last article provided an overview and explanation of the Product Owner role within the Scrum Framework. In this article I will discuss the Product Backlog. The Product Owner is responsible for maintaining and prioritizing the Product Backlog, which can be a daunting responsibility, but she doesn't need to create [...]
In this next post in my series on using Scrum, I'll discuss some of the do's and don'ts of being a Product Owner (in the Scrum meaning of the words). Often the role of the Product Owner is new to the person who is taking it on. It does take [...]
Scrum is the framework that we use for the Agile process here at CivicActions. (Our experience transitioning to Scrum was interesting, and you can read about that in our Agile Applied blog series.) In the spirit of following the roadmap that Scrum has laid out, this blog series will be [...]
CivicActions is very pleased to announce the release of The Agile NonProfit: A Quick Start Guide to Iterative Web Development today. The Guide is a concise and illustrated explanation of the Agile/Scrum web development framework that anyone can quickly read and "get" Agile. Agile development is a project management framework [...]
In my last post, I wrote about the important step we took in forming our single, large team into small, focused project teams (called Pods), and how we did that. Once we got the important step of generating Focus out of the way with the Pods, the way was clear, even [...]
In my last post, I wrote a little of the history of the process at CivicActions and how we started to adopt the Agile/Scrum process. The first big step toward that was the formation of what we call Pods, or focused project teams. The Formation of Pod One It took [...]
"A Quiet Revolution" is how I can best describe the process by which CivicActions has, over the last two years, adopted the Agile/Scrum process as our means of working with clients, internal teams and one another. And it continues as we learn more, add team members, work with new clients [...]
As support for our panel session at DrupalCon Chicago on the topic of Lessons Learned from Agile Applied, and for all those who were not able to attend DrupalCon this time around, we have compiled our list of the top 5 resources to support Agile/Scrum development. Scrum Alliance - a [...]