Welcome to GAO's Agile Assessment Comment Survey!
From September 28, 2020 to September 27, 2021, GAO is seeking input
and feedback on this exposure draft from all interested parties.
Who is GAO?
The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) is responsible
for, among other things, assisting Congress in its oversight of the
federal government, including how agencies develop and manage their
information technology (IT) systems. In prior audits, we have reported
that federal agencies faced challenges in developing, implementing,
and maintaining their IT investments. All too frequently, agency IT
projects have incurred cost overruns and schedule slippages while
contributing little to mission-related outcomes.
The federal government spends billions of dollars each year on major IT
investments. While the executive branch has undertaken numerous
initiatives to help agencies better manage their IT investments, these
programs frequently fail or incur cost overruns and schedule slippages
while contributing little to mission-related outcomes. Agile, a
framework for developing working software in short increments, has
been adopted by many federal agencies. It emphasizes early and
continuous software delivery and is defined by values and principles
that can be realized through a set of common practices. The Agile
Assessment Guide is intended to address generally accepted best
practices for Agile adoption, execution, and control.
Why did we develop the Agile Assessment Guide?
The Agile Assessment Guide (GAO-20-590G) is a
companion to our existing best practice guides. It highlights Agile
specific best practices and also links to our previously published
program management best practices. Our first best practice guide,
published in March 2009, was the GAO Cost Estimating and Assessment
Guide. This guide, along with the Schedule Guide published in December
2015, present a consistent methodology based on best practices that
can be used across the federal government to develop, manage, and
evaluate capital program cost and schedule estimates. In 2020, we
published the GAO Technology Readiness Assessment Guide which provides
a systematic, evidence-based process that evaluates the maturity of
technologies critical to the performance of larger systems. We also
updated the GAO Cost Guide in 2020 to help ensure it reflects current
With the Agile Guide, GAO intends to establish best
practices that can be used across the federal government for Agile
adoption, execution, and program monitoring and control. The primary
audience for this guide is federal auditors, who can use the best
practices described in the guide to assess the extent to which an
agency has adopted and implemented Agile methods. However, the guide
is also intended to provide Agile practitioners, program management
office personnel, and governance bodies throughout the federal
government a framework for better understanding of Agile processes and
its application. Organizations that have developed their own guidance
can use the Guide to support and supplement their practices.
Organizations that have not yet developed their own policies can use
it to begin establishing their own guidance. This Guide can also help
other oversight organizations evaluate agencies’ management decisions
about Agile programs.
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