Report: IT helps agile organizations

The President's Management Agenda is driving agencies to use information technology to be able to respond rapidly to changing requirements, or mission agility, according to a report released June 20 by the Association for Federal Information Resources Management.

The report, drawn from a May focus group held with 10 senior government officials, presents their views on federal e-government. Among the key points:

  • It is clear government agencies will be under increased pressure to become more agile.


  • An agile organization will push decision-making downward, thus eliminating executive bottlenecks.


  • Agencies will embrace some of the characteristics displayed in times of crisis, where parochialism and bureaucracy tend to go out the door.


  • There is a balance between agility and cost: How much is government willing to pay for organizational agility?


  • In program management, agile leadership is not always desirable, especially when it affects system delivery.


  • Agencies want agile vendors who understand and can work within their infrastructures.


  • Enterprise architectures support organizational agility by defining how to quickly build and deploy core components.


  • A common set of higher-level, "balanced scorecard" metrics across departments would help achieve the kind of common vision necessary to overcome an organizational "silo" orientation.


  • The first working premise should be that IT security is a concern of everyone in the organization, not just the security officials. Security should be built into all aspects of the IT infrastructure, not added on later.


  • Even with additional training, if the system is not set up to reward governmentwide thinking and actions, agility will not happen.


  • It is imperative the government plans for disaster recovery, redundancy and replication; it has to establish various layers of IT security protection to have the IT flexibility and agility it wants and needs.


  • All too frequently, IT programs receive priority; now it is the IT infrastructure that must be given priority.


  • A copy of the full report, including a discussion of the significance of these results and responses to the five questions upon which the report is based, can be found at www.affirm.org.

    Reader Comments

    Please post your comments here. Comments are moderated, so they may not appear immediately after submitting. We will not post comments that we consider abusive or off-topic.

    Please type the letters/numbers you see above

    What is your e-mail address?

    My e-mail address is:

    Do you have a password?

    Forgot your password? Click here
    close

    Trending

    • Dive into our Contract Award database

      In an exclusive for WT Insider members, we are collecting all of the contract awards we cover into a database that you can sort by contractor, agency, value and other parameters. You can also download it into a spreadsheet. Our databases track awards back to 2013. Read More

    • Navigating the trends and issues of 2016 Nick Wakeman

      In our latest WT Insider Report, we pull together our best advice, insights and reporting on the trends and issues that will shape the market in 2016 and beyond. Read More

    contracts DB

    Washington Technology Daily

    Sign up for our newsletter.

    I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.