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Agile in Government and Large Organizations

Agile in Government and Large Organizations

and How They Are Adapting to their Built-In Constraints Against Agile

( This is a reference sparked from the meeting at DoD Contractor SABRE on

May 2 2018 with Brian Campo

And from our meetings the prior two months of Spring 2018, David Hughes on Accepted Value Costing ( which is an Aggregate Costing model) . . . developed after hearing Mike Harris of Premios in February speak on Fixed Price Agile Contracts - and from some prior thoughts he had going back to 2015.

Links about AVC and David Hughes:

March 2018 meeting with David Hughes:

Feb 2018 meeting with Mike Harris:

Related Industries with heavy usage of Requirements, Budget-Plans, Acquisition-Services or Documentation Needs are:

  • Government Agencies
  • Department of Defense
  • Big Pharma
  • Insurance, Banks, Financials
  • Service companies like Comcast

  • Online Groups

Agile Government

  • References

Paul Eisenberg recommends the following report issued by the Defense Technical Information Center in February of 2018.

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.

Design and Acquisition of Software for Defense Systems - Feb 2018

Design and Acquisition of Software for Defense Systems

The Task Force has made seven recommendations on how to improve software acquisition in defense systems. A base recommendation underlying all others is to emphasize the importance of the software factory and to incorporate the software factory as a key evaluation criterion in the source selection process. Next, the Department of Defense (DoD) and its defense industrial base partners need to adopt continuous iterative development was mentioned by Marc Gravez as a good resource, and sure enough, Melinda Burgess has a post there.

Video from the UK

Financial Products of a Scaled Agile - Multi-Team process

  • Events




AGL seeks additional Board members for newly created nonprofit association

The AGL Association is recruiting new Board members to reflect the diversity of people, experiences, and levels of government represented in the public sector innovation community.  Learn more


6/28 in Sacramento: "Licensing Free and Open Source Software in the Public Sector"

Learn how technologists, procurement specialists, and IT managers in the public sector can harness the benefits of free and open source software. When / Where June 28, 6p - 8p Sacramento RSVP


AGL Live 7/18: "How Local Govs Creatively Use Agile to Accomplish Big Missions"

Local govs share how they make the most of limited resources to adopt their own scrappy versions of agile and transform agency missions. When / Where July 18, 12p PT / 3p ET Online event REGISTER





USDS acquisition strategist explains the role of ‘bureaucracy hackers’ in government

In an interview with Government Matters, acquisition strategist Jonathan Mostowski discusses how he navigates the procurement process with an eye toward modernization in his work with the U.S. Digital Service.


USDS works with CMS to implement cloud, agile for modernization of medical services

The U.S. Digital Service is working with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to update Medicare's payment program.


Ontario offers inclusive design toolkit for agencies to deliver better services

Ontario offers an "inclusive design toolkit" for the improvement of government services for people with disabilities, shared publicly on the province's website and in GitHub.


Former state comms director says California gov should ‘keep moving ahead’ with agile

Bill Maile, Director of Government Relations for AGL and former Communications Director for the California Child Welfare Digital Service Project, says the state shouldn't abandon agile methods despite challenges with the project.


California adds firms to Agile vendor pool

The State of California has added seven new tech firms to the pre-qualified vendor pool for agile, the Department of Technology announced.


USDS introduces ‘the newest breed of federal acquisition professional’

The new FAC-C-DS certification helps government move away from archaic acquisition practices by creating "technology acquisition mavericks."


Government Technology: ‘Massachusetts Comptroller Takes Agile Approach to Gov Tech’

The Massachusetts state comptroller turned to agile methods to improve his office and to help overcome government's risk-averse nature.


How San Francisco upended its affordable housing application with user centered design

San Francisco citizens were stunned by the ease of the city's new portal for applying for affordable housing.





Agile Government Sacramento: Licensing Free and Open Source Software in the Public Sector

June 28 Sacramento, CA


Foundations of Enterprise IT: Modernizing for a Secure, Agile Government

July 12 Online event


Building and Securing Government's Connected Future Through EIS

July 17 Washington, D.C.


AGL Live: How Local Governments Creatively Use Agile to Accomplish Big Missions

July 18 Online event


Deep Dive into IT Modernization in Government

July 20 Online event


IT Modernization Conference @ 930gov

August 28 Washington, D.C.


ATARC Federal Federal Mobile Technology Summit

August 30 Washington, D.C.


2018 Global SAFe Summit

October 5 Washington, D.C. area


FCW Modernization Summit

October 10 Washington, D.C.


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