Software Development

How to Overcome Technical Debt in IT Modernization Projects

The shortcuts you take to make deadline can come back to bite you later.

Rapid Prototyping to Improve Government Systems

Two former U.S. Digital Service staffers on their approach to iterative design and software development.

The Defense Innovation Board’s 10 Essential Rules for Developing Software

The “commandments” adapt industry best practices for the Pentagon, but every agency could learn from them.

Veterans Affairs Wasted Closer to $2 Billion On Failed IT Projects

The department misspent even more than government investigators initially believed in attempting to modernize its health records system.

4 Principles for Making Digital Transformations Work

Government agencies can complete effective digital transformations but it takes new technologies and management practices.

Breaking Down What DevOps Means

Five considerations for federal agencies looking to adopt the DevOps philosophy.

Homeland Security's Top Buyer: Still All-In In Agile

The department needs to do a better job “taking the fear out of innovation,” Chief Procurement Officer Soraya Correa said.

3 Strategies for Building Successful Agile Teams

With agile, it’s all about speed, adaptability and collaboration—all for the sake of accelerated, better application development.

An Insider's Take on What Went Wrong with DHS' Agile Contract

Former Digital Services Head Eric Hysen took to Medium to share his thoughts on FLASH’s failure.

What Went Wrong with DHS' Agile Contract?

The department wants to cancel its $1.54 billion agile software contracting vehicle.

TSA Awards Accenture $64M for Agile IT Modernization

The Department of Homeland Security has been ramping up agile efforts.

Why Agile is Still So Hard for the Government

Pockets of the federal government want to change the buying process so technology can be acquired in sprints, preventing large-scale failures like the HealthCare.gov rollout.

Agile Means More Prototypes, Fewer Meetings, Even in Government

USDS member Joe Crobak says leadership is asking for demos instead of PowerPoint decks.

Don’t Ask for Permission to Use Agile. Just Start Doing It.

In attempting to move your program to agile methods, you may encounter a number of challenges more common for government program managers than for commercial firms.

This is What Agile Development Should Look Like in the Federal Government

The newly released Agile Government Handbook showcases best practices around agile development.