DHS FLASH was a grand experiment to develop a truly agile software development contract for all of the Department of Homeland Security. It was impressive in scale ($1.5b) and its innovative prototype-based competition model. 111 firms put in proposals and 11 were successful.

Unfortunately, the contract was cancelled after a protest process. However, procurement and contracting are perhaps the biggest constraint to improving IT delivery for government.

This panel examines this experience to discuss what happened, what went well, and what could be improved. Members of successful FLASH awardee teams will discuss the experience and process, then facilitate a discussion of how to make this model work.

Note: the panel members will be refined in prep for the session. At a minimum, we can get some diversity of vendor participants from winning teams - and would welcome government-side participants as well. 

 
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Outline/structure of the Session

  • What is FLASH? Quick background on the contract and procurement process.
  • Submission structure - how much written content vs. tech challenge
  • Diving in to the technical challenge - insight into what it takes to prep, execute and win
  • Panel Discussion Retrospective: what worked, what could be improved

Learning Outcome

  • Gain insights into the biggest agile government experiment to date
  • Learn tactical features and flaws of the approach
  • Move forward the discussion on how to move forward federal IT

Target Audience

Government contracting officers/product owners/managers, contractors, anyone interested in innovation in procurement

Prerequisite

Some familiarity with government contracting, and the limitations of the status quo process.

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