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Why Agile is Hard for Government

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Why Agile is Hard for Government

Time: May 2, 2018 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Location: Warrington / Horsham
Street: 865 Easton Road, Suite 300
City/Town: Warrington, PA 18976
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Event Type: meeting, sabre, brian, campo, govt, government
Organized By: Michael Moyer
Latest Activity: May 4, 2018

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Event Description

New Meeting Date is WEDNESDAY May 2


The topic dovetails nicely with the February 20th Meeting on

Fixed Price Agile Contracts, part of our IMPACTS and OUTCOMES series.

Large entities like Governments and heavily Regulated Industries like Pharma and Insurance must grapple with Vendors and Internal Overseers that prefer "Fixing" Price and Scope.

Brian Campo from SABRE Systems will be presenting

"Why Agile is so hard for the government (and what we can do to help) "


Many government agencies struggle with Agile adoption for software systems. The reasons can be many but usually come down to a few fundamentals of how the government sets its long term objectives and how it performs its day to day operations. While much of the government is still trying to understand how to implement Agile programs successfully some groups want to do agile but lack support systems to do it correctly. We’ll talk about how to help your customers get an Agile project off the ground including concepts for Agile Contracting, how the FAR (and TechFAR) provides guidance, and what an Agile SOW should focus on.  A very important point of implementing Agile within traditional government contracting is understanding responsibility chains within the government and how external dependencies can cause even the best Agile teams to struggle. We will cover how to spot customers misunderstandings about Agile early in the project and the most important roles for implementing a successful agile project within a government setting. The final key for long term success of Agile projects is how to define metrics that align the project objectives with the team’s existing Agile metrics to provide the information stakeholders need to show success throughout the project.

Join us as we dig into aligning Agile activities to organizational objectives and learn how you can work with your government customers and stakeholders to overcome these constraints and still be successful in developing software in an Agile way. Brian’s presentation shares insights and experiences on how we can work collaboratively with sponsors to drive business value that meets more traditional program cycles.  The presentation closes with several steps any team can take to make sure the organizations goals are aligned with the team’s activities throughout the project, and resources for groups that want to get into Agile contracting. This presentation is meant to speak to both sides of the contracting field (government sponsors and private contractors) and can help attendees start conversations in the real world about how to better align Agile delivery to their program objectives.

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Meeting Location

865 Easton Road, Suite 300,

Warrington, PA 18976

A 12 minute drive from the PA Turnpike.

Directions to Sabre Systems Headquarters are at the Direction s webpage

Pizza for the evening is provided by Grow-Lean

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Comment by Paul Eisenberg on May 3, 2018 at 9:20am

Great presentation! On a related note, I recommend the following report issued by the Defense Technical Information Center in February of this year.

The report specifically compared Agile and document-driven approaches in managing uncertainty in software development, finding companies that use Agile methods are more customer-centric and flexible than document-driven ones, and companies that use Agile methods seem to have a more satisfactory relationship with the customer."

Is anyone here surprised? :)


Comment by John Voris, Lead Coordinator on March 20, 2018 at 1:18pm

Be sure that the word goes out to everyone . . . if you know of an AgilePhilly buddy who does not check their email frequently, then text them or call them.

Comment by Marc Gravez on March 20, 2018 at 1:15pm

John IMO postponing is a good decision. The local district in Warrington (Central Bucks) is among those closing early.

Comment by John Voris, Lead Coordinator on March 20, 2018 at 12:49pm

The weather tonight is pushing us to reschedule.  Many schools are doing EARLY DISMISSAL.  Everyone be careful out there.

Comment by Marc Gravez on March 19, 2018 at 5:16pm

Public service announcement: For those craving their free Rita's (yes tomorrow is the 1st day of Spring), if you're driving up 611 North from the Turnpike to Sabre Systems, there's a Rita's immediately after the intersection with County Line Road. It's on the right.

Address: 29-31 Easton Rd, Warrington, PA 18976

Comment by Marc Gravez on March 19, 2018 at 5:03pm

Yay!!! We're still on for tomorrow!

Comment by John Voris, Lead Coordinator on March 19, 2018 at 4:30pm

The meeting will be happening as planned. 

The forecast for the PA Turnpike and Montgomery County is not that bad, just a little rain & a little mist, and nothing that should stop us from enjoying a great talk and great pizza.

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