Retaining Agility When You Work In A Waterfall – Suits

4:00 pm -4:45 pm

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Breakout Room 2

Paper Title:

Retaining Agility When You Work In A Waterfall


Evaluate Session

Federal agencies undertake projects (by whatever name) large and small on a daily basis, but are often constrained in project management by the exceedingly rigid frameworks that overlay the federal space, such as the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), the unpredictability of the appropriations process, shifting strategic priorities, and soul-crushingly bureaucratic internal processes. These limitations can handicap the ability of programs to adapt to fast-changing realities, something which is true in any context but even more prominent in the international environment. This presentation discusses how USDA/FAS has built an operating environment in which it employs a full suite of tools to react quickly to emerging opportunities, respond to unanticipated needs, and adapt to an ever-changing global context – while staying true to the laws, bureaucracy, and rigidity that define the federal space. Attendees will come away with real-life examples of how to build flexibility in rigid systems, extendable to the federal and non-federal space, and how to empower project managers without sacrificing oversight and upward reporting requirements.

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