Universal Credit Programme - Agile Programme Management

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

The Department’s frequent response to questions about how the Universal Credit Programme (“UCP”) is being run is “Agile”.

RFI1 – Is the Department using a particular Agile framework on UCP (e.g. Scrum, Kanban, Lean etc) and if so which framework?

RFI2 – If the Department has a program portfolio (or equivalent) for the UCP please disclose the latest version.
(One description of a program portfolio is it is a map that coordinates all the epics for each team in the portfolio. It is a stoplight-coded worksheet shows each epic to be delivered for a release, and it shows the week the epic is intended to be complete).

The APM Group International (“APMG”) believes that for large transformational programmes, Agile Programme Management (“AgilePgM”) requires the production of deliverables such as Business Vision, Business Case, Benefits Realisation Plan and Roadmap. The Department has previously confirmed that it does not have a Roadmap (or equivalent for UCP).

RFI3 – Does the Department hold any of the following (or equivalent) for the UCP:
(a). Business Vision.
(b). Business Case.
(c). Benefits Realisation Plan.

In AgilePgM the APMG discusses just in time planning. As part of this it describes a Programme Horizon as:
• Plan in Outline
• Define potential tranches
• Potential Capabilities / Benefits

It also describes a Tranche Horizon as:
• Detailed for this tranche
• Projects and activities
• Not detail of projects

RFI4 - Does the Department hold a Programme Horizon (or equivalent) or a Tranche Horizon (or equivalent) for the UCP?

In respect of other products that the APMG defines as being required to implement AgilePgM. Does the Department hold any of the following (or equivalent) products and if so which ones:
1. Programme plan
2. Programme risk log
3. Programme issues log
4. High level projects status
5. Stakeholder engagement strategy
6. Communications plan
7. Governance strategy

Yours faithfully,

John Slater

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