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StateScoop: ‘Free online agile development course targets government executives’

By | March 21st, 2017|Categories: Agile, Agile Government Leadership, Press|Tags: , |

Elizabeth Raley, Director of Professional Services at CivicActions, was interviewed by StateScoop about the launch of a new online training course, Agile for the Government Executive.

Government Technology: ‘3 Tips for Joining California’s Agile Government Vendor Pool’

By | February 22nd, 2017|Categories: Agile, California, Government, Press|Tags: |

Government Technology covered CivicActions’ “How CivicActions Earned a Spot on the California Agile Government Vendor Pool” webinar.

How CivicActions Earned a Spot on the California Agile Government Vendor Pool

By | February 16th, 2017|Categories: Agile, California, Events, Government|

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.

FedScoop: ‘How the federal government is using IT to lower costs’

By | September 12th, 2016|Categories: Agile, Agile Government Leadership, Government, Press, Procurement|Tags: , |

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 at FedScoop’s 8th Annual Lowering the Cost of Gov with IT Summit

By | August 24th, 2016|Categories: Agile, Agile Government Leadership, Events, Government|Tags: , , |

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

By | August 9th, 2016|Categories: Agile, California, Government, Procurement|Tags: |

We're honored to be included in the new California Office of Systems Integration Agile Development Pre-qualified Vendor Pool.

AGL at the 2016 California Technology Forum

By | July 27th, 2016|Categories: Agile, Agile Government Leadership, Events, Government|Tags: |

Elizabeth Raley is participated in a panel discussion on Agile development and government at the California Technology Forum.

An App the Foster Parent System Really Needs: What an Agile Rapid Prototyping Exercise Taught Us

By | July 6th, 2016|Categories: Agile, California, Case Study, Government, User Experience|

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.

StateScoop: ‘Firm aims to work with competitors in chase for California web portal contract’

By | June 17th, 2016|Categories: Agile, California, Press|Tags: |

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.

TechWire: ‘Will Agile Encourage Vendors to Collaborate and Share?’

By | June 17th, 2016|Categories: Agile, California, Press|Tags: |

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.

An Open Invitation to Collaborate

By | June 1st, 2016|Categories: Agile, California, Nonprofit|Tags: |

CivicActions would like to extend an open invitation to all bidders on the California Health and Human Services Agile Development Pre-Qualified Vendor Pool.

One Platform, 18 Organizations, 6 Countries, and 9 Launches

By | May 18th, 2016|Categories: Agile, Drupal, Project Management, User Experience|Tags: , |

After almost two years, we launched the first of 18 GlobalNET sites for the Department of Defense’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency.

StateScoop: ‘Fed, state, local IT leaders launch agile academy’

By | March 10th, 2016|Categories: Agile, Agile Government Leadership, Press|Tags: , , |

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.

TechWire: ‘How Do You Save Government IT?’

By | March 10th, 2016|Categories: Agile, Press|Tags: , |

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.

FCW: ‘Free online initiative trains feds in agile’

By | March 10th, 2016|Categories: Agile, Agile Government Leadership, Press|Tags: |

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.

FedScoop: Fed, state, local IT leaders launch agile academy

By | March 9th, 2016|Categories: Agile, Agile Government Leadership, Press|Tags: |

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.

Government Technology: ‘4 Roadblocks to Agile Development and How to Overcome Them’

By | November 24th, 2015|Categories: Agile, Agile Government Leadership, Press|Tags: |

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.

On Pondering, and then Walking Away From, Agile-fall

By | November 19th, 2015|Categories: Agile|

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.

CivicActions Retreat: Forging the Future of Government Transformation

By | September 24th, 2015|Categories: Agile, Government|

The 2015 CivicActions retreat showcased the people, the heart and the spirit of a fiercely innovative technology company.

Agile2015 Presentation: Agile White House: How the TechFAR & Digital Services Playbook are Transforming Government

By | August 10th, 2015|Categories: Agile, Events, Government|

Lead by Aaron Pava, participants will understand the history, intentions and key components of the Digital Services Playbook and accompanying TechFAR Handbook.

Federal Times: ‘Say goodbye to 100 page RFPs – 18F found another way’

By | July 30th, 2015|Categories: Agile, Press|Tags: |

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.

Fedscoop: ‘Behind the scenes of 18F’s agile contract’

By | July 17th, 2015|Categories: Agile, Press|Tags: , |

CivicActions was featured on July 15, 2015 of Fedscoop that features the General Services Administration's 18F Agile Delivery Services Blanket Purchase Agreement.

FCW: ‘One company shows how it is embracing agile’

By | July 15th, 2015|Categories: Agile, Press|Tags: |

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.

What 18F Will Look for in RFQ Responses to the Agile Digital Services BPA

By | June 19th, 2015|Categories: Agile, Agile Government Leadership, Government|Tags: |

CivicActions shares the rules of evaluating solicitation responses for General Services Administration Agile Services Blanket Purchase Agreement RFQs.

How to Use Balance Scores to Improve Velocity in Scrum

By | March 26th, 2015|Categories: Agile, Balance, Culture|

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.

AGL Live: Agile Government 101

By | March 2nd, 2015|Categories: Agile, Agile Government Leadership, Government|

Last week was the first episode of AGL Live as part of Agile Government Leadership's newest offering.

FCW: ‘Is government ready for agile?’

By | February 20th, 2015|Categories: Agile, Press|Tags: , , |

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.

NextGov: ‘This is What Agile Development Should Look Like in the Federal Government’

By | February 16th, 2015|Categories: Agile, Agile Government Leadership, Press|Tags: |

CivicActions was featured on Feb 9, 2015 of NextGov that discusses The Agile Government Leadership and launch of the Agile Government Handbook.

Presenting the Agile Government Handbook

By | February 4th, 2015|Categories: Agile, Agile Government Leadership, Government|Tags: |

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.

Avoiding “Scrum Buts”

By | January 22nd, 2015|Categories: Agile, Project Management|

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.

Checking in on the Agile workplace: NYC Councilman Ben Kallos’ office

By | January 6th, 2015|Categories: Agile, Government|Tags: |

CivicActions led an Agile training workshop for Councilman Ben Kallos' office this past spring.

CivicActions’ Product Owner Self Assessment Survey

By | December 16th, 2014|Categories: Agile|Tags: |

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.

Agile DC 2014 Presentation: U.S. Digital Services Playbook and TechFAR Primer

By | October 24th, 2014|Categories: Agile, Events|Tags: , |

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.

5 ways to better government IT

By | August 12th, 2014|Categories: Agile, Government|

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.

Introducing Agile Government Leadership

By | August 11th, 2014|Categories: Agile, Agile Government Leadership, Government|

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.

Brainstorming and Prioritizing with Trello

By | July 29th, 2013|Categories: Agile|Tags: |

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.

Rethinking Strategies for Social Change

By | November 20th, 2012|Categories: Agile, Culture|

It's time to re-think our strategies for social change.

Five Tips for Using Trello for Scrum

By | October 10th, 2012|Categories: Agile|Tags: |

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.

3 Profoundly Simple Questions Every Organization Should Regularly Ask Themselves

By | November 16th, 2011|Categories: Agile|

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, [...]

Scrum Rule: No Additional Requirements Can Be Added to a Sprint!

By | September 7th, 2011|Categories: Agile, Project Management|

  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 [...]

What Happens At A Sprint Planning Meeting?

By | August 15th, 2011|Categories: Agile, Project Management|

  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 [...]

Why Choose Scrum

By | August 1st, 2011|Categories: Agile, Project Management|

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 [...]

Creating the Product Backlog

By | July 21st, 2011|Categories: Agile, Project Management|

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 [...]

How To Be a Product Owner

By | July 19th, 2011|Categories: Agile, Project Management|

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 [...]

The 3 Elements of Scrum

By | July 13th, 2011|Categories: Agile, Project Management|

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 [...]

The Agile NonProfit: A Quick Start Guide to Iterative Web Development

By | June 7th, 2011|Categories: Agile, Nonprofit|

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 [...]

How CivicActions Adopted Agile/Scrum – Part Three: Applying the Methodology

By | April 14th, 2011|Categories: Agile, How-To|

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 [...]

How CivicActions Adopted Agile/Scrum – Part Two: More Pods!

By | April 5th, 2011|Categories: Agile|

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 [...]

How CivicActions Adopted Agile/Scrum – Part One – The Way We Were

By | March 23rd, 2011|Categories: Agile, How-To|

"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 [...]

Top 5 Resources for Agile/Scrum Development

By | February 28th, 2011|Categories: Agile|

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 [...]