The government's Skills Funding Agency (SFA) says it is taking an agile software development approach to deliver the data collection systems required for the 2014 to 2015 funding year.
The SFA funds skills training for further education in England. It supports over 1,000 colleges, private training organisations and employers with more than £4 billion of funding each year.
"Taking an agile project management approach means that there will be a number of smaller teams working in two week bursts of activity, known as sprints. These teams agree what demonstrable outputs they will deliver at the end of each sprint," said the SFA.
Highlights of initial sprints include the delivery of the online learning aims rates service (LARS), and the development of the 2014 to 2015 funding year learning aims and rates module for the funding information system (FIS)
"Rather than develop a new FIS each year, we will add a new funding year module to the existing system," said the SFA.
It said: "The advantage of this new way of working is that measurable improvements are made to each system on a regular basis. The project team is also able to adapt its delivery objectives very quickly to take account of feedback and external requirements."
Representatives from the project team will give updates and demonstrations at the Agency’s provider advisory group meetings during March and April.
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