Moving agile beyond IT: The secret to successful software delivery  

21 August 2018:

Ed Toner expects his IT workers to embrace agile principles, but he also wants his business-side colleagues to do the same.

So much so that Toner, CIO for the State of Nebraska, stipulates agile principles (specifically the need for their ongoing participation in software development and deployment) in the contracts IT signs with the various state departments it serves.

“‘Success of the project is solely dependent on your involvement in this project,’ that’s what the contract says,” he explains, noting that most department heads now understand that either they become partners in the process or accept the potential for less successful projects.

That’s the reality, Toner says.

“We had one group who just wanted to send requirements; he put nothing into it so he had nothing to complain about. That’s one extreme. But we have others who’ll stop by to just see how things are going, and those are the very successful projects because they take so much ownership,” he adds.

Like many CIOs today, Toner has brought the agile mindset to his enterprise IT department as a way to ensure that the software it implements and supports can best meet his organization’s needs.

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Source: CIO

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