FreeBalance’s Agile Implementation Methodology

Government Specific


FreeBalance’s proprietary, ISO-9001:2015 certified agile implementation methodology 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 government specific, having evolved from almost 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.

Methodology Success Factors

A-i3+qM™ supports five key success factors:

  • Continuous Quality Delivery
    through agile accelerated methodology

  • Government Customer Focus
    through unique business model

  • Specialized Resources
    through staff expertise

  • Ease of Adaptability
    through massive configuration

  • Rapid Adaptability
    through reference blueprints


Our methodology has the following benefits:

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

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

Both Product and Implementation

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

We Understand the Responsibility to Succeed

Treasury management enables governments to manage debt and investments. This includes bank reconciliation and cash management.

Supporting Countries with Varying Needs

The methodology needs to be customer-centric to support localization, capacity, reform and sustainability needs.

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 private sector project 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


To support future PFM reform, upgrading, capacity building, and knowledge management

Additional Reading

Practical Advice to Optimizing your FreeBalance Project FreeBalance conducts internal Financial Management Information System (FMIS) implementation audits. The process has improved over time with over 100 performance indicators. Read More
Why are GRP FMIS Implementations Different? Governments acquire, upgrade, and replace financial management software to support Public Financial Management (PFM) objectives. This includes reform and modernization programs. Read More
32 Ways to Optimize Your Government Financial Management Information System (FMIS) Procurement An alternative view is that large IT projects, particularly Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), have poor success rates, so we shouldn’t be surprised by failures in FMIS implementations Read More

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