Agile Transformation at the Department of Veterans Affairs

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Agile Transformation at the Department of Veterans Affairs

Overview

Overview

Private industry has long employed the Agile-Lean framework in establishing productivity, and federal agencies are also currently seeking and implementing new ways of competing. GovernmentCIO has continuously been at the forefront of this change. We work with several federal agencies supporting their transition to efficiently produce and deliver products to their internal and external customers. With great success, GovernmentCIO brought Agile Transformation solutions to the Department of Veterans Affairs. Our work helped VA to be recognized as the only agency to fully address the three factors needed for incremental development required by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

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Opportunity

Over the past several years, VA encountered numerous concerns in their pursuit of serving the nation's Veterans. One major area of growth is how they produce technical products and systems used by VA hospitals and health centers, Veterans, and VA employees. The increased urgency in getting newer, faster, more secure products compelled the VA to adopt an Agile approach. After reviewing the considerable savings in both functionality and cost, the need for the agency to implement similar strategies became clear. From here, VA Agile Transformation was born.

 

Solution

From its inception in 2013, GovernmentCIO has helped over 70 VA projects make the transition from Waterfall or Agile-like processes to full-functioning Agile procedures.
This transformation also accounts for supporting the VA in changing the way it manages programs and projects. Growing from a project management structure to a portfolio management structure, VA Product Development now has considerably improved its oversight and investment management opportunities.

 

Results

The Agile Transformation program is continuously being implemented and perfected. Using Agile-Lean processes, VA is ensuring Veteran needs are met at a higher level and with greater efficiency.
In 2014, the Department of Veterans Affairs was named the most Agile federal agency by OMB (GAO Report GAO-14-361, “Agencies Need to Establish and Implement Incremental Development Policies”).
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