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Feds turn to agile development as budget cuts loom

Patrick Thibodeau | Jan. 23, 2013
As the threat of federal budget cuts hover, IT managers are turning to agile development to speed up projects and quickly show their value.

Agile has gotten traction in some defense and intelligence areas, said Bob Payne, vice president at LitheSpeed. Those areas typically have shorter deadlines, are more mission focused "and need to rapidly adapt to new situations," he said.

The budget problems "have added fertilizer" to the push to adopt agile, said Lawrence Fitzpatrick, president of Computech Inc., a software services firm, who is on the Agile Development Committee for the American Council for Technology and Industry Advisory Council.

"If you can show results sooner and more effectively, the chance that you won't be defunded goes up," Fitzpatrick said.


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