Agile takes its message to the highest level
17 October 2017
The power of an Agile approach to transform public and private sector organisations was outlined to the Prime Minister’s righthand man during a visit to the Agile Business Consortium.
First Secretary of State and Minister for the Cabinet Office Damian Green visited the not-for-profit organisation to learn more about how Agile frameworks can help businesses, local government and Whitehall operate more productively.
Agile for improving efficiency
Consortium chair Geof Ellingham explained how Agile thinking – in areas such as portfolio management, budgeting, project management and whole-organisation agility – has the potential to improve the efficiency of almost any type of body, whether in the public, private or charitable sector.
He also outlined the work under way to develop a new course and qualification, Agile Digital Services, which integrates Government Digital Service (GDS) guidance with established Agile project management practice and helps to deliver new online services faster and better.
More relevant than ever before
Geof said: “As the UK faces up to the uncertainty of Brexit, Agile is arguably more relevant now than it has ever been, as organisations need to be able to adapt rapidly to changing circumstances.
“Having the chance to take that message to the highest level of Government was a great opportunity and Damian Green seemed genuinely interested in what we had to say; he was particularly keen to learn more about our evolving work in the sphere of Agile budgeting.”
Mr Green spent an hour at the Agile Business Consortium’s Kent offices talking to Geof Ellingham, chief executive Mary Henson and Tamsin Fox-Davies, marketing & relationships manager.
Government Transformation Strategy points to Agile
Mr Green commented: “The Government is committed to operating as efficiently as possible and our Government Transformation Strategy 2017-20 identifies Agile as one of the ways of achieving this.
“I was pleased to learn more from the experts in the field and to suggest opportunities where the Consortium may be able to help both central and local government to become more Agile, including forward-thinking local authorities and elected city mayors – who may want to make a difference by taking new approaches – as well as senior civil servants with an open mind about changing the traditional way in which parts of Whitehall still work.”
The visit follows the success of this year’s Agile Business Conference at the start of the month which saw nearly 400 delegates learn about ‘Success with Agile in unpredictable times’.