Universal Credit

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 12th March 2013.

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Photo of Stephen Timms Stephen Timms Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 12 December 2012, Official Report, column 387W, on universal credit, which parts of the universal credit programme are currently using agile, rather than waterfall, software techniques; and in what circumstances agile techniques are regarded as appropriate for developing software for the programme.

Photo of Mark Hoban Mark Hoban The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

In a programme as complex as universal credit, which includes new IT developments and changes to existing IT assets, both agile and waterfall methods may be appropriate at different times. As examples, initial development used agile techniques while, in its final stages of testing for the pathfinder from April 2013, the programme is using the waterfall approach—a standard DWP testing methodology.

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