Recently I read an article titled:
The article is an overview of Agile and how it may work within the Department of Defense and how it could be incorporated into a PMO setting. Within the article there is a small part that mentions that the Air Force has tried Agile methodologies for a couple of small projects and they have come up with their own Agile Manifesto (here is part of it):
THE FIST MANIFESTO (Fast, Inexpensive, Simple, Tiny)
System development projects should be done by the smallest possible team of talented people, using a short schedule, a small budget and mature technologies to deliver innovative solutions to urgent needs.
This approach is called FIST: Fast, In-expensive, Simple, Tiny.
Short timelines increase agility and stabilize requirements, technology, budgets and people. Short timelines also force accountability, ownership and learning. To maintain short timelines, a project must also exercise restraint over budgets, complexity and size. Increases to the project’s budget, complexity or size inevitably reduce its speed.
Accordingly, the FIST approach advocates the following:
- Minimize team size, maximize team talent.
- Use schedules and budgets to constrain the design.
- Insist on simplicity in organizations, processes and technologies.
- Incentivize and reward under-runs.
- Requirements must be achievable within short time horizons.
- Designs must only include mature technologies.
- Documents and meetings must be short. Have as many as necessary, as few as possible.
- Delivering useful capabilities is the only measure of success.