The show on the topic “GOV-Agile 2.0” was held in person at the office of ANO “Digital Economy” with the support of GosTech. The show was hosted by Ruslan Yusupov, partner of ScrumTrek.
Experts from the mentioned organizations, as well as from the Analytical Center under the Government of the Russian Federation, the Digital Economy League, RTLabs and the Institute of the Information Society (IIS), recalled the history of the emergence of the GOV-Agile movement and the nomination for agile public administration in the Project Olympus competition in 2015-2020; listed those that appeared in 2020-2022; discussed opportunities for the use of agile approaches in public administration and the development of public information systems; expressed their views on the forthcoming development of agile public administration methods.
All performances can be viewed in video format. For convenience, a time code is indicated before the name of each expert.
00:01:20 Ilya Vinokurov, Deputy Head of the Department for Analysis of National Projects, Analytical Center under the Government of the Russian Federation
The GOV-Agile movement was born in 2015, was supported by the Project Olympus competition in 2016-2019, but since 2020 there have been no new stories or government interest in agile. By 2023, the prerequisites for the revival of this interest appeared, because uncertainty has grown, examples of government contractors have appeared, GosTech has amended Government Decree #676 and issued methodological recommendations. The Analytical Center intends to check the presence of interest and agile management practices through the revival of the corresponding nomination in the competition and hopes for its support from ScrumTrek, FKU GosTech, ANO “Digital Economy” and the Ministry of Digital Development of Russia.
00:16:44 Vladimir Rakhmanov, ex-deputy director of FKU GosTech
GosTech was conceived not only as a platform, but also as a provider of modern public administration practices. Within 1-2 years, the practice of developing governmental / regional information systems will probably appear in federal executive authorities and regional executive authorities, and in 5 years it will probably become the norm. Agencies that migrate to GosTech in the near future will face fewer challenges than those participating in the pilot and will therefore be able to shift their focus from resolving technical challenges to overhauling solution development processes and developing customer-centric practices.
00:27:51 Igor Khomich, expert of the Digital Economy League
Integrators already have accumulated expertise in the transfer of IT solutions for executive authorities to GosTech and continue to do so. At the same time, they have been using flexible approaches in their activities since the late 2000s. Thanks to the provision of a full cycle of training by GosTekh, these practices will become increasingly common in executive authorities and their IT contractors.
00:39:34 Vasily Slyshkin, director of GosTech
GosTech plans to transfer the solutions of about 20 state agencies to the platform by the end of 2023. They will operate in a service paradigm and use agile and client-centric approaches to increasingly show the economic impact of investing in these migration projects. The economic effect, national priorities, import dependence and the impact on the priority areas of the digital maturity of the regions will remain the key criteria for prioritizing decisions for the transfer to the GosTech. The benefits of increasing technological reliability and strengthening information protection, the availability of a knowledge base for the effective implementation of basic scenarios on the GosTech platform, as well as the acceleration of public procurement of cloud services (after changes are made to Federal Law #44) will likely allow an avalanche to speed up the transition of executive authorities to the platform and the spread of their use agile approaches in the development of governmental / regional information systems. This will make it possible to implement unscheduled requirements within months or weeks in rapidly changing conditions through the involvement of representatives of the state customer and development teams in close interaction.
01:04:44 Viktor Redrov, director of the RTLabs Agile-practitioner office
The challenges of 2020 (the pandemic and the need to urgently implement related services) prompted RTLabs to look for an approach that allows it to fulfill its obligations under government orders and simultaneously implement unscheduled requirements. The company adapted the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) to its specifics of working with the Ministry of Digital Development – together with the customer, it developed agile contracts, the content of which the customer can regularly adjust in accordance with changing priorities. Transparency is ensured by the joint work of representatives of the state customer and the contractor as part of cross-functional teams. The experience of building the RTLabs production system can be adopted by other companies with 100+ employees as part of interdependent teams. In 2023, RTLabs continues to improve the efficiency of its production system in iterative and incremental manner and is ready to share its experience with the industry.
01:18:24 Alexey Koretsky, RTLabs Production System Implementation Director
01:28:47 Yuri Hohlov, Chairman of IIS Board of Directors
The development of flexible approaches in public administration should be expected primarily from circuits using ML and AI technologies; and the Moscow City Governmnet Department of Information Technology Department is the most experienced and successful testbed. The development of these practices can be facilitated by the appearance by 2024 on the GosTech platform of all tools for working with ML, primarily for use by functional customers in executive authorities in the Low-Code/No-Code paradigm. But for the mass introduction of agile approaches to public administration, it will first be necessary to remove a number of barriers, which presupposes the following: explicitly prescribe in the information society and digital economy development strategies the obligation to base the activities of officials on agile approaches, fix the use of agile approaches in standards, approve methods for calculating the effect of the introduction of agile methods. And when job descriptions are so adjusted, and the amount of time for training staff in their use will increase many times over, it will be possible to involve functional customers in work based on agile approaches. It will mean then that the use of agile methods by Russian civil servants would not only not be forbidden, but even prescribed.
01:48:04 Ilya Vinokurov, Deputy Head of the Department for Analysis of National Projects, Analytical Center under the Government of the Russian Federation
Prerequisites for the use of agile methods by officials: “it is possible” – Government Decree #676, methodological recommendations; “need” – client-centricity in the focus of the state; “it’s not scary” – examples of government agencies that have switched to GosTech. Since now the synonym for “Agile projects” seems to be “digital projects”, therefore, the AC invites ScrumTrek, ANO “Digital Economy”, GosTech, Ministry of Digital Development to become co-organizers of the agile management nomination in the Project Olympus competition. And the final of the competition is proposed to be held in November in St. Petersburg at the IT-Dialogue forum.
01:54:30 Sergey Cheremisin, Director of Regional Digital Development, ANO “Digital Economy”
Taking into account the adoption of the Decree of the President “On the creation, development and operation of state information systems using the unified digital platform of the Russian Federation GosTech”, which prescribes the date of January 1, 2024 for regional information systems to migrate on GosTech and recommends that regional teams, developers and customers dedicate 2023 for preparation for this milestone – to go through training, to understand the issue, and to implement pilot projects.