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A Guide to Critical Success Factors in Agile Delivery

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Agile delivery approaches support the federal government’s goals of doing more with less and improving the agency’s ability to manage their budgets and delivery dates.

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Last month, the White House publicly released a list of 92 priority goals that agencies have committed to achieve by...
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