Agile for All: Why the Public Sector Should Get Karma

Our focus at Karma Platform is developing great software and for this reason we attract attention from both enterprise and SMB customers alike. But one group we feel can strongly benefit from the principles of agile and lean production is the public sector.

The Benefits of Agile

For all the reasons the private sector employs agile methodology – namely, the reduced risk of failure and the more efficient deployment of resources – public bodies may also benefit from new ways of working.

One place where this is working in practice is in the UK. London Borough of Camden Council’s Head of Business Partnering Francois Mounier is successfully applying Agile methodologies to new projects.

“I asked people to trust me and take a big risk. We didn’t decide overnight ‘let’s do Agile’,” he said in an interview with Local Digital. Mounier said he faced initial resistance, not least because he wanted to use it to implement a multi-million pound IT strategy to transform services and save £120 – £130 million by 2018. He was successful in winning people over thanks to his outspoken passion for the technique, coupled with his demand that technology partners would share the responsibility for delivery with the borough.

Giving Government Good Karma

Adopting an agile approach makes sense for the public sector which is why we believe there’s several powerful reasons for government bodies to consider agile tools like Karma Platform:

  • Lower risk. In the wake of horror stories of failed large-scale IT infrastructure projects, public bodies are seeking new solutions which reduce the overall risk in configuration and delivery. Solutions like Karma Platform provide iterative, short-term delivery cycles which reduce this level of risk.
  • Longer-lasting investment. Agile solutions like Karma Platform extend the lifetime of the investment because changes to the system are easy to make, they adapt to the specific needs of the public body as they arise. There’s no need to guess or try to predict future needs; when new requirements arise, the system can be adapted accordingly.
  • No new technology to learn. Training costs for public sector employees can be prohibitive when rolling out a new system. This is why Karma Platform makes perfect sense, building on established knowledge of spreadsheets.

Our objective is developing easy-to-use tools which help people do their jobs better. Nowhere is this principle more relevant than in the public sector, where the pillar of any competent administration is good governance at all levels.

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