Agile Defense applies from the battlefield to the boardroom. 

In 2010 the Defense Acquisitions Act made Agile software development the law of the land for Defense Contractors. But both the DoD and the contractor community are struggling to figure out how to make it work in an ossified system that often requires traditional waterfall reporting.

And, in 2007 Gen. David Petraeus reversed the course of the Iraq war by using small, cross-functional teams to break the back of Al Qaeda in Iraq. He did this by pushing decisions down to the platoon and even to the squad level on the streets of Baghdad.

Using concrete, real world examples JJ will show how Scrum is re-shaping the military, military procurement, and military contractors.


Outline/Structure of the Talk

I. Intro

II. Case Studies

a. Red River Army Depot

b. NPR Coverage of Arab Sprint

c. FBI Sentinel Project

d. F35 vs. Saab Grippen

III. Cross-functional teams on the Battlefield

IV. State of Government IT Projects

V. GAO Guidance for Successful Agile Projects

a. Scrum Patterns

VI. DoD Modernization Plans and Acquisition Guidance

VII. Agile Metrics in a Government Context

Learning Outcome

By the end of this session attendees will learn:

  • The influence of military thinking on Scrum
  • How the US used Agile practices to defeat Al Qaeda in Iraq
  • The state of Agile adoption at the Department of Defense
  • How new contract guidance from DoD allows and encourages Agile
  • How to translate Agile metrics to government required metrics like Earned Value Managment

Target Audience

Defense contractors, people who want to do business with the DoD, government procurement professionals, Agile practitioners struggling with the government requiring waterfall reporting

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