The California Department of Technology on Monday released an “agile development guide” to assist state project practitioners seeking information on agile practices, values, terms and recommendations based on best practices.

The guide was written and promoted by the California Project Management Office (CA-PMO) within the Department of Technology.

"Understanding Agile is the first release of a three part series to provide state project practitioners, executive leaders and stakeholders information on agile practices, values, terms and recommendations based on best practice. This foundational document will help ensure a common understanding of what agile is, and prime organizations for more in-depth conversations about adopting and using agile methodologies," the Department of Technology explained in an email communication on Monday.

Here's an excerpt from the guide:

“Agile development practices present an alternative approach to the waterfall method more commonly employed in the state of California for information technology (IT) projects,” states an in-progress version of the guide. It describes agile development practices as an approach in which the solution for a business problem or opportunity can evolve over the life of the project and promotes “frequent delivery of usable system functionality, alternative planning as user needs are more defined, delivery of high-value functionality early in the project, [empowering the team] to make decisions, and accountable for taking ownership and continuous improvement by incorporating feedback and lessons learned.”