FreeBalance’s Agile Implementation Methodology

Skopje in Macedonia

Government Specific


FreeBalance’s proprietary, ISO-9001:2015 certified agile implementation methodology for government digital transformation is unique in that it covers software implementation, software customization for customers, and software product development.

This is not a generic project management technique. It’s a government specific project management methodology, having evolved from 40 years of experience in Public Financial Management (PFM) and government transformation.

A-i3+qM™ leverages agile techniques using reference models aided by visual communications through demonstrations, workshops, storyboards, prototypes and proofs-of-concept to deliver working Government Resource Planning (GRP) software within six months. Modules are implemented in overlapping phases. The methodology delivers effective public sector project management and quality assurance in government.

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Methodology Success Factors

A-i3+qM™ supports key success factors:

  • Continuous quality delivery
    through agile accelerated methodology

  • Public sector focus
    through unique business model

  • Specialized resources
    through staff expertise

  • Government implementation experience
    through 40 year track record

  • Ease of adaptability
    through massive configuration

  • Rapid adaptability
    through reference blueprints


Our methodology has the following benefits:

Designed for Government

Designed for Government

The key to implementation success is to provide methods of meeting the needs of government customers and to make it easy to configure and implement.

Functionality Beyond Development Schedules

Functionality Beyond Development Schedules

We provide agile methods needed to support government schedules rather than having governments adapt to any pre-established delivery schedules.

Both Product and Implementation

Both Product and Implementation

This requires a need for an approach that leverages the best of services and product development methodologies.

Agile government project management

We Understand the Responsibility to Succeed

The methodology eliminates many legacy waterfall processes that lead to government implementation problems.

Supporting Countries with Varying Needs

Supporting Countries with Varying Needs

The methodology is customer-centric to support localization, capacity, reform and sustainability needs of government implementations.

Quality Assurance in Government

A-i3+qM™ is a government project management methodology that ensures high quality government implementations.

What are the Major Challenges of Managing Government Projects?

Government implementations are different to private sector implementations. There are six key considerations that must be included in every public sector project and change management plan for a successful IFMIS implementation:

  • Project Preparation to ensure a common understanding of objectives, success factors, scope, and resources.
  • Country and Government Analysis to determine appropriate good practices and support reform strategies
  • Technology Analysis to identify technology needs, practices, upgrading, and integration needs
  • Project Governance to support vendor and client accountability, project communications and decision-making.
  • Product Governance to enable configuration and customization decisions, including avoidance of poor practices and manual steps.
  • Sustainability to support future PFM reform, upgrading, capacity building, and knowledge management.

Implementing a GRP system is far more than just a software change management project. It’s transformational. There are legal reforms, new processes, reorganizations and new performance measurements that have to take place. The goal in GRP implementations is to support good practices, making implementations complicated. The reality is that implementations become complex, sometimes chaotic, because of unique public sector constraints. Which is why FreeBalance integrates change management within its project management methodology.

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Additional Reading

Photo of hands with piece of paper FreeBalance’s Change Management Approach and Offering System implementations impact the whole organization, and people are at the heart of these changes. Over the past 40 years, FreeBalance has learned many lessons about the importance of Change Management in Government Resource Planning (GRP) implementations. While Project Management is responsible for delivering the system, Change Management manages the people-side of change that the… Read More
Practical Advice on Optimizing your GRP Project Practical Advice on Optimizing your GRP Project FreeBalance conducts internal Financial Management Information System (FMIS) implementation audits. The process has been perfected over time with over 100 performance indicators. Read More
Difference between GRP and ERP Why are GRP IFMIS Implementations Different? Choices made by governments have a significant impact on project success and future financial sustainability. The purpose of this paper is to describe FMIS success factors for COTS Government Resource Planning (GRP) systems like the FreeBalance Accountability Suite™. Read More

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