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 Agile In Defense Workshop and Meeting 


 Agile in Defense: Some Assembly Required 

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 7/23/2013  to 7/23/2013 


 Hyatt Regency Crystal City, Arlington, VA 


 Tammy Kicker ([email protected]) 


How Is Agile Being Handled in DoD?

Who is doing agile?

Why are they doing it?

How are they doing it?

Since 2010 we have seen a surge in the use of agile methods across the Department.  The revision being drafted for DoDI 5000 specifically addresses incremental development, DoD's term for iterative agile methods.   But will it be truly agile?  How can we forge a consistent approach to the use of agile methods in DoD software acquisition? 

The purpose of this workshop is to bring some clarity to the areas of contracting (agile CDRLS, for example), program oversight, product ownership, requirements prioritization (must have, should have, could have), cost control and affordability, workforce.

Attendees will take away information that they can apply directly to their organization, and will have the opportunity to influence how policy and standards get shaped for Agile in Defense.


8:30 AM Welcome

Keynote Speaker

David M. Wennergren, Assistant Deputy Chief Management Officer, DoD

9:15 AM

Combat Identification Server: How Agile Helped the MoD With Critical Capability Identification (CIDS)

Brian Wernham, Agile Project Management Consultant, UK, and Author, Agile Project Management for Government

Steve Messenger, Chairman of the DSDM Consortium

10:00 AM


Instructions for Café Session Workshops
Outline framework and processes for workshop collaboration and dialogue.

Each topic will have groups of 10-12 for full engagement.  Topics will repeat so all attendees are able participate. 

10:15 AM Networking Break

10:30 AM


Café Sessions (30-minutes each)

Session Abstracts and prior reading material

Topic 1 - Affordability and Cost Control
Facilitators:  Robin Yeman, Lockheed Martin
                    Steve Baynes, Northrop Grumman

Topic 2 - Acquisition and Contracting
Facilitators:  Scott Suhy, GreenLine Systems Inc.
                    Jon Gross, Software Engineering Institute

Topic 3 - Eliminating Unproductive Processes
Facilitators:  Matt Vandergrift, ManTech
Champlin Jones, Boeing

Topic 4 - Workforce Training and Certification
Facilitators: Richard Cheng, Excella
                   Matt Kennedy, DAU

Topic 5 - Concurrency, Program Management and Governance
Facilitators: Richard Turner, Stevens Institute
Don Almeida, Northrop Grumman

12:00 PM

Networking Lunch and Open Discussion

1:00 PM

Café Sessions Continue (30-minutes each)

2:00 PM


Scaling Agility - Agile Systems Engineering

Dr. Matthew R. Kennedy, Professor of Software Engineering, Defense Acquisition University (DAU)

2:45 PM

Closing Keynote Speaker

The Management Revolution that is Happening Today

How the era of Radical Management has already begun

Steve Denning, Management Consultant, author of The Leader's Guide to Radical Management: Re-inventing the Workplace for the 21st Century, former Program Director, Knowledge Management at the World Bank


3:30 PM Café Session Brief Out
4:00 PM Closing Comments


  Hyatt Regency Crystal City at Reagan National Airport
2799 Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington, Virginia, USA 22202
Tel:  (703) 418-1234
Fax: (703) 418-1289
Maps & Directions

Parking and Transportation

Hyatt Regency Crystal City at Reagan National Airport offers valet parking only at a rate of $27 per day, with unlimited in-and-out privileges. We offer the option to park at our hotel and fly from nearby Reagan National Airport. Clearance is 6’ 8” in our underground parking garage.

Valet Parking Rates
•Up to 2 hours - $10
•2-4 hours - $15
•4-6 hours - $20
•6 + hours - $27



Hyatt Regency Crystal City at Reagan National Airport
2799 Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington, Virginia, USA 22202
Tel:  (703) 418-1234
Fax: (703) 418-1289


Register Onsite! or by fax by Friday, July 19th.

Online registration is now CLOSED for Government and Industry attendees.

Please select the appropriate link for your registration type.

Register now by Fax - download the registration form, complete it, and send it in.


Government/Academia Online Registration is now CLOSED!

This registration is for active duty military, civilian government or a full-time employee of an academic organization. Military/Government Employee or Academic Institution ID badge must be shown at time of registration check-in.  This offer does not apply to on-site contractors or part-time/adjunct academic instructors who are bona-fide employees of business organizations.



Industry Online Registration is now CLOSED!

This registration is for industry attendees. A government issued ID (driver's license) will be requested at time of registration check-in.


 Registration Form


Regular fee
thru July 15th

Onsite fee
after July 15th


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** Only available for active-duty military and civilian employees.

Registration Policy
Deadline to register online or by fax is by COB Monday, July 15, 2013.

The Registration Form may be downloaded, completed, and brought to the workshop for onsite registration. Please do not mail any registration forms after Monday, July 8th . Registrations will not be taken over the phone; payment must be made at the time of registration.

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations received by close of business Monday, July 8, 2013 will receive a full refund less a $75 processing fee.  No refunds will be given for cancellations after July 8, 2013. Substitutions are welcome in lieu of cancellations, as long as there is no financial transaction.

All substitutions and cancellations must be made in writing to Registration - Attn: Tammy Kicker at [email protected]


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  • Company name on filler slides at conference
  • Company logo on event signage  
  • Recognition from the podium
  • A 6' table top display and electricity
  • A complimentary conference registration
    (additional at the regular member rate)
  • Access to all networking breaks and lunch


Contact Tammy Kicker at or 703-247-9494 for details.

Better Buying Power and Agile Methods

On February 15 ADAPT held an Open Meeting was to solicit community input on how Agile methods can influence DoD Better Buying Power 2.0, and to identify the appropriate DoD Better Buying Power 2.0 focus areas where agile methods could make the most impact.  This data formed the foundation for developing the paper on contributions of Agile Methods to the DoD Better Buying Power 2.0 initiatives to be submitted to Mr. Frank Kendall, USD (AT&L). 

Purpose of BBP 2.0
The purpose of Better Buying Power is to “achieve greater efficiencies through affordability, cost control, elimination of unproductive processes and bureaucracy, and promotion of competition. BBP initiatives also incentivize productivity and innovation in industry and Government, and improve tradecraft in the acquisition of services.”   

The Goal of BBP 2.0 is to "deliver better value to the taxpayer and Warfighter by improving the way the Department does business.”

Agile methods can contribute to the achievement of the following BBP 2.0 focus areas:

  • Achieve Affordable Programs
  • Incentivize Productivity & Innovation in Industry and Government
  • Eliminate Unproductive Processes and Bureaucracy
  • Promote Effective Competition

Participants also felt that change in the following BBP 2.0 focus areas was necessary to enable Agile methods:

  • Incentivize Productivity & Innovation in Industry and Government
  • Improve the Professionalism of the Total Acquisition Workforce

The purpose of the Agile in Defense Summer Workshop is to dig deeper into  how Better Buying Power and IT Acquisition transformation is supported by Agile methods, and to examine specific actions that can be recommended to improve use of agile in DoD Acquisition.

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