AFEI has published proceedings from the Agile In Defense Fall Workshop
Defense acquisition is, in quite a few respects, unlike any other Government activity or commercial practice. There are unique, mission-driven aspects that require specific processes to assure they are properly accomplished. Nevertheless, DoD must seek to be both flexible in what it buys and efficient with taxpayer dollars. It is now a well-documented fact that traditional waterfall acquisition processes are not, in most cases, good IT acquisition practices.
Agile methods offer DoD the opportunity to increase both efficiency of SW development and its effectiveness, as shown in the AFEI report, The Business Case for Agile Methods. We recognize that there is no “one size fits all” approach that is workable across DoD. As pointed out in SEI Technical Note, Considerations for Using Agile in DoD, “implementation of Agile must be tailored to fit the situation and context.”
The purpose of the Agile in Defense Fall Workshop was to identify the major impediments to adoption of Agile methods in DoD. Agile methods represent a different approach and mind-set than a traditional acquisition process. As experience is showing us, gaining the benefits of Agile methods requires adopting new processes and behaviors, some of which are quite foreign to our traditional way of doing things.
Conclusions and Recommendations
Promulgate appropriate Policies and Procedures necessary to support a consistent approach to implementing Agile methods in Defense acquisition programs.
Establish training and certification programs for Acquisition, Program Management and Program Oversight/Governance professionals.
Accelerate the development of continuous delivery, integration, testing and C&A.
Download the full report from the ADAPT pages here