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 Agile for Government Summit 


 Incremental, Modular, Scalable and Agile 

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 11/20/2013  to 11/22/2013 


 Hyatt Regency Crystal City, Arlington, Virginia 


 Tammy Kicker, [email protected] 



The purpose of this event is to

  • foster better understanding of how agile software development methods are providing the basis for incremental and modular acquisition across Government, and
  • to discuss the changing technology of modern information-intensive businesses and the implications these have for evolving Government approaches to streamlining IT.

This Summit is a partnership between the AFEI ADAPT and the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute.

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For more information on the SEI Agile Research Program see the SEI Agile Research page.


Many Government agencies and programs are implementing agile software development techniques across a wide range of application domains. 

The Whitehouse Digital Government Strategy outlines initiatives to improve IT services to customers.  These include the use of modular approaches or IT development and acquisition. 

Business on the Internet

Today business is done on the Internet.  On-line businesses are supplanting brick and mortar, and every industry uses the Internet as an information collection and distribution platform.  As technology continues to rapidly evolve new strategies are being employed that increasingly move organizations to Internet-based cloud, federated and shared-services architectures. 

Modern IT operations feature streamlined processes for development and deployment of mission critical systems that information-intensive businesses rely on. 

Government, through open data initiatives, infrastructure consolidation and standardization, more efficient use of technology, streamlined acquisition, and enterprise-level capabilities is beginning to adopt commercial practices in delivering value to its customers.

Agile methods have become a mainstay of best practice in private sector businesses that rely heavily on technology to serve their customers.  Within Government their application can at times be hindered.  As modern IT for information technology-intensive businesses evolves Government is seeking new ways to improve how technology is applied to improve information delivery to its “customers”.  These include not just agile software development, but the concepts of agile program management, technical debt, and IT Development-Operations (DevOps).


Wednesday, November 20

Morning Sessions

8:00 AM - 10:00AM


Executive Leadership Forum

An invitation-only, not-for-attribution forum for Government executives to examine implementation of incremental, modular and agile approaches in their agencies. 

Agile principles require a disciplined structured approach to be successful.  Agencies using agile successfully do not throw away the rule book and allow developers to do what they please. 

Understand what agile principles really are and how to align them with agency processes to assure successful adoption. 

The SEI Readiness and Fit (RFA) model will be used to help you assess your agency's business practices and organizational climate. Topics include relative estimation, backlog control, and alignment of agile principles with oversight mechanisms. 

By Invitation Only - Space is Limited  (More)

9:30 AM - 12:00 PM


Agile Boot Camp

Agile Software and Systems Engineering: An Interactive Workshop

This session is included in the Agile for Government Registration

Dr. Suzette S. Johnson, PMP, CSP, CSC
Certified (Agile) Scrum Coach
NGIS Technical Fellow and Chair of the Northrop Grumman Agile CoP



Dr. Richard Turner
Distinguished Service Professor
Stevens Institute of Technology



This workshop provides a scenario approach as the participants walk through the phases of agile planning, estimating, and reporting. The participants play an active role in discussing team formation and agile engineering practices beginning with the receipt of customer needs and a few high-level capabilities through an iteration retrospective. (More)


Summit Kickoff

1:00 PM


Welcome and Opening Remarks

Dr. Paul D. Nielsen, Director and Chief Executive Officer, Software Engineering Institute


Opening Keynote Speaker

Karyn Hayes-RyanKaryn Hayes-Ryan
Director, NSG IT Oversight and Deputy Component Acquisition Executive
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

Speaker Biography

1:45 PM

Software Engineering Institute Keynote

Dr. David Zubrow
Deputy Chief Scientist, Software Solutions Division
Manager, Software Engineering Measurement and Analysis

2:30 pm Networking Break

3:00 PM

Technology and Innovation

Jabe Bloom

Jabe Bloom, Chief Technology Officer, The Library Corporation, CTO and co-founder and CTO, TLC Labs

3:45 PM


Agile at DHS and USCIS

Mark Schwartz, CIO, United States Citizenship and Immigration Service

4:30 PM


Defense Innovation Marketplace

Jaymie Durnan, Senior Advisor to the
Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense, Research and Engineering


Thursday, November 21

7:00 AM

Continental Breakfast 

8:00 AM


Conquering Complexity in Enterprise-level Software

Dean Leffingwell
President, Leffingwell LLC, Scaled Agile Framework

8:45 AM


Incremental Acquisition For Software Intensive Systems – Is It Agile?

Stephen Welby
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Systems Engineering


Speaker Biography


9:30 AM

Networking Break


Education Seminars

10:00 AM

Contracting Considerations: SOO, CDRLS and more
Jonathan Mostowski, Contracting Officer, NGA

10:30 PM


Why Should Government Care About Technical Debt and Software Architecture?
Ipek Ozkaya, SEI
E. Warren Ellmore, Everware-CBDI

View Abstract

11:00 AM

DevOps – Latest Fad or Something New?
Stephany Bellomo, SEI
Joshua Seckel, Section Chief, Processes and Practices, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services

View Abstract

11:30 AM


Metrics and Earned Value Management
Brent Barton, Rally Software

12:00 Noon Networking Lunch

1:00 PM

Role of Architecture in Agile Development – Experiences from the Field
Denzil Wasson, Everware-CBDI

Architecture plays a critical role in applying agile development on a large scale – multiple teams require a coordinating framework to ensure that they are all building toward the same end.  Despite this, many agile practitioners eschew architecture as BDUF (big design up front).  This presentation will bring experience from large agile projects to demonstrate how agile architecting and knowledge-containing models provide the basis for synchronized and flexible development while delivering unprecedented time to market and productivity gains.

2:00 PM

Café Sessions

Open discussions where attendees are able to give input regarding each topic.  Sessions repeat every 35 minutes and attendees choose which three in which they will participate.

Topic 1 – Contracting for Agile: from SOO to CDRL’s
Facilitators: Jonathan Mostowski, NGA

Topic 2 - Technical Debt and Architecture
Facilitators: Ipek Ozkaya, SEI; Champlin Jones, Boeing; Robert Nord, SEI

Topic 3 - The Agile PM – What Does She Need? 
Facilitators: Suzanne Miller, SEI; Robin Yeman, Lockheed Martin

Topic 4 - Dev Ops in Government
Facilitators: Stephany Bellomo, SEI; Richard Cheng, Excella

Topic 5 - Earned Value Management and Metrics 
Facilitators: Brent Barton, Rally Software; Phyllis Marbach, Boeing; Robert Eisenberg, Lockheed Martin

4:00 PM


Summary and Challenges

Chaos Cocktail Session - discussion and interact with audience
What did I learn today?

4:30 PM Adjourn


Friday, November 22

8:00 Am till 4:00 PM

These educational training sessions are offered for an additional fee (applies to all attendees).  Space is limited to 40 students for each session.

Session 1


Leading the Lean|Agile Software Enterprise with SAFe

Instructor: Dean Leffingwell, President, Leffingwell LLC, SAFe

Agile development practices, while still controversial in some circles, offer undeniable benefits: faster time to market, better responsiveness to changing customer requirements, and higher quality. However, agile practices have been defined and recommended primarily to small teams. In this session Dean Leffingwell describes how agile methods can be applied to enterprise-class development.

Instructor Bio

Session 2


Managing Agile Programs with DSDM
Instructor: Steve Messenger, Chairman, DSDM Consortium


This one day seminar introduces you to the use of DSDM to ensure success in Agile Programs.  We will explore:

  • Governance and Stakeholder Management
  • Structuring the program(s) to have self organizing teams while at the same time ensuring the vision of the program is delivered
  • Effective planning and prioritizing in an Agile environment
  • Demonstrating control and progress while empowering the teams
  • Scaling the Agile program structure to deliver significant business change
  • Delivery of business outcomes through close collaboration with all stakeholders, using iterative feedback techniques

Instructor Bio


  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. The parking rate offered to attendees will be $18 per day, upon availability.  A parking coupon will be available at the Event Registration area and will be given to the valet upon departure. 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- discounted to attendees for the event dates.

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Getting Here

By Air
Fly into Reagan National Airport (DCA).

Courtesy Hyatt shuttle to Reagan National Airport (DCA) departs the hotel every 20 minutes on the hour from 5:00am – 12:00am. (Times subject to change.)

Shuttle picks up at the Old Terminal (2nd Curb by the marked Hotel Shuttle stop location) and New Terminal Arrivals, Door 5 and Door 9 (1st Curb by the marked Hotel Shuttle stop location).

By Metro
Take Blue or Yellow line to Crystal City Station, the hotel is a 10-minute walk south of the Metro stop.

Courtesy Hyatt shuttle access to and from Crystal City Metro Station is provided at the corner of 18th street and S. Bell Street.

The Hyatt shuttle departs the hotel every 15 minutes on the hour from 6:00am – 10:00pm. (Times subject to change.)

Driving & Parking

From Washington D.C.:

Take 14th Street Bridge South.
Stay in far left lane.
Take exit #8C / Rt. 1 South toward Crystal City/Alexandria.
Follow Rt. 1 South / Jefferson Davis Hwy to 4th traffic light.
Turn left onto 27th Street.
Hyatt Regency Crystal City at Reagan National Airport is on the left.

From Richmond & I-95 North:

Take I-95 North to I-395.
Take Exit 7A / Rt. 120 / Glebe Road South.
Stay on Glebe Road South approximately 1.5 miles to Rt. 1 / Jefferson Davis Hwy.
Turn left onto Rt.1 North / Jefferson Davis Hwy.
Turn right at the next light onto 27th Street.
Hyatt Regency Crystal City at Reagan National Airport is on the left.


  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

A courtesy room block has been provided for those who have registered for the Summit. Rooms are booked based hotel availabilty.

Reservations to book a hotel room online may be made via the website link below.  
Single Room rate: $129.00 per night ++ (any taxes, surcharges, incidentals). 

PHONE NUMBER: Call 888-421-1442 

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Who will attend?

Over 100 Government decision makers from 21 different Federal organizations.  view

Prime contractors, systems integrators and consultants looking to learn about how to make their offering more competitive.

Academic researchers and FFRDC's who are investigating Agile methods and making recommendations to their Government  sponsors.

Contact Tammy Kicker at [email protected] or (703-247-9494) for details on how to become a sponsor at this event and receive the Sponsorship Form  


Attendee Information

Appropriate dress for this conference is business casual for civilians and class B uniform for military. During registration and check-in, each participant will be issued an identification badge. Please be prepared to present a picture ID. Badges must be worn at all conference functions.

Special Needs
AFEI supports the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Attendees with special needs or allergies/dietary restrictions should call or email Tammy Kicker, at 703-247-9494 or [email protected]

The changing face of digital Government is enabled by new technical strategies and opportunities to serve citizens. 

IR&D and the Defense Innovation Marketplace

For nearly 80 years, firms have been allowed to recover some research and development (R&D) costs as part of the general and administrative expenses charged to existing contracts. Firms have the independence to decide which technologies to pursue with these funds, as long as these efforts are of potential interest to the Department.

On January 30th, 2012 the Federal Register published an update to the new Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) Rule revising requirements for reporting IR&D project data. The new DFARS rule is intended to improve communication of technology investments between industry and DoD.

Jaymie Durnan, Senior Advisor to the Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense
Research and Engineering
ASD (R&E), joins the Agile in Defense Summit to discuss and demonstrate the Defense Innovation Portal, and the DFARS rule changes implemented January 30, 2012 dealing with Independent Research and Development (IRAD) and bid and proposal costs.

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Registered attendees will recieve a link to the presentations made available for release by the speaker.  Key Sessions were recorded and webcasted during the event.  Those recordings will be made available as well. In order to view the recordings there will be a sign-in prompt for the viewing. 

The Cafe Sessions will have a summary report that is being compiled and reviewed prior to posting.

Note: It may take up to two weeks to upload the final presentations in pdf format.

Event Contact

For questions on this event and other Agile related content, you may contact Tammy Kicker at [email protected].

Also, be sure to check out the ADAPT Working Group for other events, resources, or to speak to one the Committee co-chairs. 

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Event Reminders

Registration will close by COB Monday, November 18, 2013. You must register onsite after this date.

Please register with a complete and accurate e-mail address. You will receive an e-mailed confirmation as soon as your registration has been processed.

Payment must be made at the time of registration. Registrations will not be taken over the phone. Please register with the correct form of payment. A $25 fee will be applied to those wishing to switch forms of payment.