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Agile Playbook for the Government of Canada

Because Agile transformations can be difficult to navigate on your own.

  • Today’s realities are driving the Government of Canada (GoC) to digitize faster and become more Agile.
  • As a large, hierarchical, command and control–style organization, GoC is not yet well adapted to Agile.
  • So-called textbook Agile practices often clash with GoC’s traditional processes and practices.
  • GoC members must adapt their Agile practices to accommodate organizational realities.

Our Advice

Critical Insight

  • This is no one-size-fits-all approach to Agile. Agile practices need to be adjusted to work in your organization based on a thoughtful diagnosis of the challenges and solutions tailored to the nature of the Government of Canada.

Impact and Result

  • Identify your Agile challenges and success factors (both organization-wide and team-specific).
  • Leverage the power of research and experience to solve key Agile challenges and gain immediate benefits for your project.
  • Your Agile playbook will capture your findings so future projects can benefit from them.

Agile Playbook for the Government of Canada

Start here – read the Executive Brief

Read this Executive Brief to understand how an Agile playbook can help your organization to successfully establish Agile practices within the Government of Canada context.

1. Take the Info-Tech Agile Challenges and Success Factors Survey

This tool will help you identify where your Agile teams are experiencing the most pain so you can create your Agile challenges hit list.

2. Review typical challenges and findings

While each organization/team will struggle with its own individual challenges, many members find they face similar organizational/systemic challenges when adopting Agile. Review these typical challenges and learn from what other members have discovered.


Member Testimonials

After each Info-Tech experience, we ask our members to quantify the real-time savings, monetary impact, and project improvements our research helped them achieve. See our top member experiences for this blueprint and what our clients have to say.

9.5/10


Overall Impact

$45,784


Average $ Saved

10


Average Days Saved

Client

Experience

Impact

$ Saved

Days Saved

Canada Border Services Agency

Workshop

9/10

$50,000

18

TriMet

Guided Implementation

9/10

$247K

N/A

McGill University

Guided Implementation

9/10

$50,000

10

Government of Saskatchewan-Ministry of SaskBuilds and Procurement- Information Technology Division

Guided Implementation

10/10

N/A

N/A

Canada Border Services Agency

Guided Implementation

10/10

$10,000

10

Canada Border Services Agency

Guided Implementation

10/10

$25,000

23

Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Guided Implementation

9/10

$5,000

5

Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Guided Implementation

9/10

$2,000

2

Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Guided Implementation

9/10

$5,000

5

Aipso

Guided Implementation

10/10

N/A

N/A

Mott MacDonald LLC

Guided Implementation

10/10

$17,148

10


Onsite Workshop: Agile Playbook for the Government of Canada

Onsite workshops offer an easy way to accelerate your project. If you are unable to do the project yourself, and a Guided Implementation isn't enough, we offer low-cost onsite delivery of our project workshops. We take you through every phase of your project and ensure that you have a roadmap in place to complete your project successfully.

Module 1: Take the Agile Challenges and Success Factors Survey

The Purpose

  • Determine whether an Agile playbook is right for you.
  • Broadly survey your teams to identify Agile challenges and success factors in your organization.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Better understanding of common Agile challenges and success factors
  • Identification of common Agile challenges and success factors are prevalent in your organization

Activities

Outputs

1.1

Distribute survey and gather results.

  • Completed survey responses from across teams/organization
1.2

Consolidate survey results.

  • Consolidated heat map of your Agile challenges and success factors

Module 2: Identify Your Agile Challenges Hit List

The Purpose

  • Examine consolidated survey results.
  • Identify your most pressing challenges.
  • Create a hit list of challenges to be resolved.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Identification of the most serious challenges to your Agile transformation
  • Attention focused on those challenge areas that are most impacting your Agile teams

Activities

Outputs

2.1

Analyze and discuss your consolidated heat map.

2.2

Prioritize identified challenges.

2.3

Select your hit list of challenges to address.

  • Your Agile challenges hit list

Module 3: Problem Solve

The Purpose

  • Address each challenge in your hit list to eliminate or improve it.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Better Agile team performance and effectiveness

Activities

Outputs

3.1

Work with Agile mentor to problem solve each challenge in your hit list.

3.2

Apply these to your project in real time.

Module 4: Create Your Agile Playbook

The Purpose

  • Capture the findings and lessons learned while problem solving your hit list.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Strategies and tactics for being successful with Agile in your organization which can be applied to future projects

Activities

Outputs

4.1

For each hit list item, capture the findings and lessons learned in Module 3.

4.2

Document these in your Agile Playbook.

  • Your Agile Playbook deliverable

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Member Rating

9.5/10
Overall Impact

$45,784
Average $ Saved

10
Average Days Saved

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Because Agile transformations can be difficult to navigate on your own.

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Get the help you need in this 4-phase advisory process. You'll receive 8 touchpoints with our researchers, all included in your membership.

Guided Implementation #1 - Survey and Qualify
  • Call #1 - Determine if an Agile playbook is right for you.
  • Call #2 - Take the Agile Challenges and Success Factors Survey and consolidate results.

Guided Implementation #2 - Orientation
  • Call #1 - Review consolidated heat map and determine your hit list.
  • Call #2 - Finalize a high-level plan for addressing the hit list.

Guided Implementation #3 - Problem Solving
  • Call #1 - Identify and address hit-list issues. This is the first in a series of calls during which you will capture findings and lessons learned along the way.
  • Call #2 - Complete the problem-solving phase.

Guided Implementation #4 - Documentation
  • Call #1 - Review findings and lessons learned. Begin the documentation phase.
  • Call #2 - Review documentation and close out.

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