5 Myths Killing Agile in Government

5 Myths Killing Agile in Government


Dr. Patrick McConnell

Agile Coach & Trainer
CSRA Agile Center of Excellence

PMIWDC Non-Member Rate

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About the Presentation

Over the last 5 years, Agile approaches have seen widespread adoption across the US Federal Government. Where real commitment is given to proven Agile frameworks and techniques, programs do see significant improvement in value delivery and speed. But unfortunately often, ‘Agile’ nomenclature is used while perpetuating behaviors that make real improvement impossible and may actually make the lived experience worse for participants or stakeholders. And where Agile approaches fail, they add to a narrative that real methods won’t work in this environment. Many of the anti-patterns I’ve seen working as a Coach in the Public Sector are rooted in decisionmakers clinging to 5 myths about Agile in Government. This talk will explore these 5 myths, and some approaches for dealing with them.

Event Location

Clydes - Gallery Place
707 7th Street, NW
Washington, DC, 20001

Agenda and Cost:

7:30am - 8:00am: Continental Breakfast and Networking
8:00am - 9:00am: Featured Presentation
9:00am - 9:30am: Networking

PMIWDC Members: $25
Non-Members: $30

Pre-registration is required. Cancellations and refund requests are accepted up to 48 hours prior to the event's start. We cannot offer refunds requested after that time.

PDUs Available: 
1.00 PDUs for Certified PMs

Event Keywords

Hard Skills

Resource Problem Solving

"War stories" in successfully working through severe resource constraints


Specific tips and techniques in the use of PM tools (SW, other)

Industry / Sector


Federal, state, local or tribal government entities / Contractor for such entities


Information Technology, including organizations that utilize Agile development methodologies

About the Speakers

Dr. Patrick McConnell

CSRA Agile Center of Excellence
Agile Coach & Trainer

Dr. McConnell serves as an Agile Coach and Trainer on efforts across CSRA’s public sector portfolio. He has coached Agile transition and improvement initiatives ranging from single teams to large, scaled programs serving missions within EPA, NASA, SSA, DHS, DOJ, DOD, the Intelligence Community, and several State governments. Dr. McConnell also directs the CSRA Agile Center of Excellence, a cross-functional organization within CSRA that supports programs in adopting Agile frameworks and practices, initiating Agile teams, and improving ongoing Agile execution in collaboration with customers across our entire public sector portfolio. 

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