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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:

You Tube Video from A.G.L.

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

GoVloop Social Network for Fed & Local Govt


  • 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


  • NEWS



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

Online event from July 18


Local governments share how they make the most of limited resources to adopt their own scrappy versions of agile and transform agency missions.


AGL Podcast: User centered design in government with design director Jesse Taggert


Jesse Taggert explains the value of user centered design in government and shares her insights from applying the practice in a variety of public sector projects.


Agile Government Sacramento recap: Free and open source software in the public sector

Local software developers and executives recently met to discuss the use of free and open source software (FOSS) in government and new open source code policies in California.


Three Solutions for Creating Budget and Public-Friendly Government Services

CIOs are making government more citizen-centric and saving money by turning to cloud-based solutions, big data, and automation.


Nextgov: ‘3 Cultural Considerations in IT Modernization’

As government moves toward updating aging digital systems, agencies must focus on cultural transformation in addition to technology modernization.


Code for Australia Identifies ‘Eight Simple Rules for Making Stuff with Government’

The effort to solve complex problems for the Government of Victoria led agile teams to identify key success factors for government innovation.


How a UK local government embraced agile to deliver modern services

Essex County Council used existing systems to build a new blogging platform, wrote user stories to ensure they were meeting citizen needs, and worked in the open so they could benefit from similar work by other agencies.


What happened when DHS tried to take 5 legacy IT programs agile

The Department of Homeland Security created an Agile Acquisition Working Group to kickstart the agency's pilot attempt to move five existing programs into agile processes.


Legislative action to move federal government toward agile is working

Industry and agency leaders are pleased with recent efforts by federal agencies to move toward incremental and agile development in their software initiatives.






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.


EVENT > 19th Practical Software and Systems Measurement (PSM) Users’ Group Workshop

Michael D. Harris of PREMIOS in Malvern PA, will present “An Approach to Fixed Price Agile

on Tuesday, September 11 at the PSM Users’ Group Workshop.

This workshop provides the opportunity for PSM users and measurement practitioners to share experiences in issue-driven measurement and learn about changes in the measurement community.  Attendees will also participate in workshops that provide a foundation for future PSM initiatives, products, and services.  The Users’ Group will include user presentations and workshops.

Date: Tuesday, September 11, 2018 Time: 11am EDT

Location: Arlington, VA


Open First: Building a Foundation for Choice and Security

September 18 Washington, D.C.


2018 Global SAFe Summit

October 1 - 5 Washington, D.C. area


FCW Modernization Summit

October 10 Washington, D.C.


Agile DC 2018

October 15 Washington, D.C.


ATARC Federal Data and Analytics Summit

October 23 Washington, D.C.

Agile Leadership 3401

Oct. 31 - Nov. 2 Online


DevOps: Strategies for Mission-Driven Innovation

December 5 Washington, D.C.



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