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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.

Agile in Education

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

A.G.L. is the best place to learn about Webinars and Conferences and Papers

For local content from A.G.L.

and GovLoop is a Social Network for Fed & Local Govt

and they have a Linked-In Group

  • 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

On CSPAN-3 Tuesday night, did you catch the House Committee on the GI Bill & payment delays were talking about SCRUM Teams.

Here is a brief part of the transcript.

Scrum Teams discussed at the House committee on the GI Bill


November 15, 2018





Veterans Affairs Under Secretary for Benefits Paul Lawrence and other VA officials testified on GI Bill payment delays and departmental informational technology issues.


Bill James , Phil Roe, Paul Lawrence, Mark Takano speaking . . .  Minute 1:28:58

>> The contract is to deliver software but strictly speaking it buys Scrum teams which are software developments sprints.

You have been adding Scrum teams throughout the year. How many teams are you up to now?

>> Congressman, I don't have the exact number. So let me take that for the record. I think it was -- we started with two and added two and added two more. But I need to get the exact number for you.

>> You can't tell us how many scrum teams?

>> I can't tell you how much are in action.

>> How many people would be necessary to get this done?

>> The development teams that are working in Charleston -- that's what you are referring to as the Scrum teams. That's the action of the folks at the Booze, Allen facility. What happens after that, software had - has to get tested. In terms of the Scrum teams, they are able to turn around the software as far as testing bugs and user scenarios. But that is just step one. You have to test that software. It happens until different processes and different locations with the engagement of the users. The fact is that our testing is the tail end of this process & can't keep up with the Development processes, the scrum teams as you mentioned. That's part of the technical debt we are dealing with, that we have old testing processes that are catching the software code that is

being developed by BOOZE, ALLEN, HAMILTON.


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