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 Agile in Government 


 Sharing Innovative Approaches & Best Practices 

Event Number



 6/2/2014  to 6/4/2014 


 Washington DC Metro Area 


 Tammy Kicker, [email protected], 703-247-9494 



Sharing Innovative Approaches & Best Practices

Scaling, Contracting, Governance, Measurement

Another event in the series presented by ADAPT.

The purposes of this event are:

  • to foster better understanding of how agile software development methods are providing the basis for incremental and modular acquisition across Government,
  • to discuss the changing technology of modern information-intensive businesses and the implications these have for evolving Government approaches to streamlining IT,
  • and to share as a community experiences, challenges and success that help organizations integrate agile approaches in order to deliver better results - faster, better, cheaper!

In Partnership with






Stevens Institute           SERC

Agile in Government


Monday, June 2

1:00 PM -

4:00 PM

DSDM and AgilePM Workshop

Steve MessengerSteve Messenger, Chairman, DSDM Consortium


Tuesday June 3, 8:30 AM till 12:00 PM

7:30 AM Continental Breakfast

8:30 AM


Group Discussion: Managing Agile in Government  - An Informed Conversation

Have breakfast with some of the best minds on how agile can help Government.  

Dineesh VermaHost: Dr. Dinesh Verma, Dean of the School of Systems and Enterprises and Executive Director of the Systems Engineering Research Center, Stevens Institute

8:30 AM


Agile For Government Boot Camp

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

a repeat of this popular half-day instructional workshop.  Take back a better understanding of the processes that make agile work.


Tuesday June 3, 1:00 PM till 5:00 PM

1:00 PM till 5:00 PM

Welcome from the Software Engineering Instiute and Stevens Institute

John Foreman

Dineesh Verma 

John Foreman, SEI Fellow/Technical Director, Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institue


Dinesh Verma, Dean of the School of Systems and Enterprises, Stevens Institute of Technology

Keynote Presentations

John Foreman



JJ Sutherland, Chief Content Officer, SCRUM Inc.

John Foreman, SEI

Barry Boehm, Director, USC Center for Software Engineering


Wednesday, June 4, 8:00 AM till 5:00 PM  Details

7:00 AM  Continental Breakfast
8:00 AM  Keynote Presentations 



Karyn Hayes-Ryan, Director NSG IT Oversight, Deputy Component Acquisition Executive, NGA

Steve Messenger, DSDM on Scaling Agile


10:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Café Session Workshops
Moderated discussions where attendees are able to give input regarding each topic.  Sessions repeat every 30 minutes and attendees choose which three in which they will participate.

Discussion Topics:

- Contacting

- Scaling Agile

- Sustaining Agile in a Waterfall World

- Tailoring DoD Policies to Enable Agile

12:00 PM Lunch with Sponsor Lightning Talks

1:00 PM till 3:45 PM

Presentations selected from abstracts

3:45 PM


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




 Marriott Crystal Gateway

Crystal Gateway Marriott
1700 Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington, VA 22202
(703) 920-3230

Metro: Crystal City Stop, Blue and Yellow Lines


Get Driving Directions


Garage entrance on South Eads Street

  • On-site parking, fee: 12 USD hourly, 26 USD daily
  • Valet parking, fee: 30 USD daily
  • No vans over 6'3"


Crystal Gateway Marriott
1700 Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington, VA 22202
Phone: (703) 920-3230

A block of 25 courtesy rooms at the rate of $219 per night is available at the Marriott Crytsal Gateway.  Ask for the AFEI Agile In Government rate.


Online Registration is now CLOSED

But Walk-ins are Welcome!

If you want to attend and have not yet registered please download and complete the registration form and bring it with you to the event. 

Registration opens April 18th.

All may register on-line at the NDIA event portal.  You may use your current NDIA customer number, or if you don't have one the system will assign one to you.

Register Via Fax or Email

View/Download/Print registration form (Registration Form is a fillable pdf)
complete the form and submit via fax (703) 522-3192 or email to

Government Attendees

  • Registration is free for US Government Employees and active duty US military.  Valid ID is required.
  • Meal Pass is available for $35 for the event for Government
  • Contractors do not qualify for Government Registration and must register as Industry
  • Non-US Allied Government attendees MUST register via Fax or e-mail using the above form.

 Academia Attendees

  • To qualify for Academia Registration you must be a full-time student or professor at an academic institution.  Adjunct professors or part-time students who have full-time employment are not eligible.

Industry Registration

  • Meal pass Included with industry registration.

Registration Fees




5/23/14 -6/2/14

Government Civilian/Active Military Fees
or Non-US/Allied Government

US Government
(Meal pass available for purchase - see below)



Non-US/Allied Government



Academia Fees

Academic Institutions
(Fulltime Employees)



Industry Fees

Industry Member AFEI/NDIA



Industry Non-Member AFEI/NDIA & Affiliates



Additional Options and Fees

Two-Day Meal Pass for Government

(When registering, you have the option to select  PAY NOW (via credit card) or PAY ONSITE.  For the Pay Onsite selection, a Payment by credit card or exact cash will be collected when you check-in to pick up your free registration badge.


With your purchase of full registration, attendees are entitled access (unless otherwise stipulated) to:

  • All General Sessions
  • Vendor Displays
  • Continental Breakfasts, Networking Breaks, Networking Luncheon
  • Onsite Agenda and Meeting Materials
  • Post-event Speaker Proceedings (if releasable by Speaker)


For Government: Please consider your free registration as a commitment to attend. AFEI is committed to foster dialogue between Government and Industry on critical issues and offer free registration due to restrictions placed on travel and event attendance. We ask our ”no fee” registered colleagues to place the same importance on attending the event as if payment was made as it does impact key elements to the events learning objectives and outreach.


The Pre-registration process will close Wednesday, May 28th
You may register onsite unless otherwise notified on the website.

All cancellations must be in writing. A refund less $75.00 will be given until May 9th; after this date no refunds will be issued due to event logistics. Refunds will be processed after the event closes. Substitutions are welcome in lieu of a cancellation. There is a $25.00 change fee if a financial change is made. Requests for substitutions must be made in writing to Tammy Kicker ([email protected]).


AFEI reserves the right to make changes and updates to this website and all event information.


Sponsorship Prospectus

Sponsorship Contract

Become a Sponsor

Sponsorships provide maximum visibility and brand recognition. You can strengthen your market position, make key contacts, showcase your products and services, and develop relationships with new customers, while reinforcing your existing customer relations. Sponsorships add a critical tool to your current marketing strategy.  AFEI regularly sends marketing outreach e-mail blasts to over 50,000 persons across the U.S., and sponsor logos are highlighted in each message. 

Silver Partners receive lightning round briefs during the lunch period.

There is still time to be included.  Get your logo on this event by sponsoring.

Sponsorship Levels


Gold Partner


Silver Partner


Bronze Partner




Who will attend?

Government decision makers, prime contractors, systems integrators and consultants looking to learn about how to make their agile implementations more effective and more tightly aligned with agency processes, 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, ([email protected]). 

Lincoln Memorial

Call for Speaker Abstracts

ADAPT, the Software Engineering Institute and the Systems Engineering Research Center invite submission of abstracts for presentation. 

This event builds on previous ADAPT sessions, and is looking at the practical considerations for employment of agile methods in commercial, Government and highly regulated enterprises.

The theme of the event is Delivering the Right Capability, On-time and On-budget.  Presentations will be considered from business and Government that address any of the following:

1. Program Management and Governance
The Agile approach to project execution places demands upon all personnel that differ from other execution environments. The managerial role is uniquely affected by the features of the Agile approach.  Presentations discussing differences, techniques to implement those changes and lessons learned that help Program Managers and Program Offices implement governance in an Agile environment are solicited.

2. Contracting for Agile Projects
One of the big challenges for any federal organization in moving toward agile methods is to be able to contract in a way that does not inhibit the use or implementation of agile principles and constructs.  Case studies, lesson learned and other supportive information in the arena of agile and contracting are sought for this topic.  Presentations are sought on practical lessons learned with contract language, development reviews, deliverables and reporting.

3. Culture and Organizational Change
Every organization has common things that are visible and reflect its basic assumptions, shared values, espoused values, and artifacts.  Together these form a view of the organization’s culture.  Agile approaches tend to change roles and responsibilities, empowering teams in ways traditional waterfall processes do not.

Therefore one of the key cultural issues is how agile can be inserted successfully into a larger, waterfall-oriented culture, particularly with respect to an organization's reporting artifacts.  The question is how does one translate data from what’s generated in agile to what’s reported using traditional formats?  We are also discussing other cultural, technical, and political barriers to agile adoption in the enterprise.  A sharp focus on culture, people, and products is required for an organization planning on using agile.  Lessons learned, case studies and practical examples are solicited. 

4. Scaling Agile
In practice, especially in Government, agile methods have tended to be applied by small project teams facing budget and schedule pressures as a means for delivering on project goals.  If agile is to deliver on its promise then it must be expanded both horizontally across and enterprise as well as vertically into management and governance structures and processes.  Agile at scale is when and enterprise realizes the most benefit from agile in terms of quality, capability and cost.  Challenges and practical considerations exist in scaling agile and these must be addressed.  Presentations on the challenges to agile at scale and approaches to overcoming them are desired that have specific case studies and real-world examples.

5. Agile Enterprise Architecture
Many believe that Agile methods do not allow for any architecture let alone an enterprise architecture.  Those working with Agile methods know this to be a myth.  Presentations on Agile Enterprise Architecture, how architecture fits into agile methods, lessons learned, approaches to using enterprise architectures within Agile programs and other applicable information is solicited.

6. Testing, C&A and Information Assurance in Agile
The adoption of Agile lifecycle models within Government poses a challenge for Certification and Accreditation (C&A) and Information Assurance (IA) requirements in systems development.  How can we adapt these processes that have historically been serial, stage gated events performed at the end of the build and test phases, and rebuild them to be conducted incrementally and iteratively? How do we meet the documentation requirements and satisfy approval authorities in a modified process model that systems built using Agile have the reliability and security posture necessary to obtain an Authority to Operate? Is there an “Agile IA” model?

7. Performance, Reporting, and Meaningful Metrics
Traditional approaches to project management and software development have incorporated a variety of metrics and reporting tools to determine the performance of the team.  Schedule and cost performance are often tracked through Earned Value, Gantt charts, and Percent Complete, while technical metrics have included Lines of Code, Defect Rates, Test Cases Written/Executed, etc. In an Agile development environment, many traditional metrics don’t apply.  What are the best measures of performance in Agile, how do we track the essential data elements for Agile reporting, and what can they tell us about our development project?

8. The Role of Agile in Interim DoD Instruction 5000.02
The new interim version of 5000.02 released in November 2013 provides four basic models and two additional hybrid models for program structures.   Insights, lessons learned from using the new version of 5000.02 for acquiring systems that are software intensive are solicited.  In particular, is there a difference being seen for employing Agile methods?

9. DevOps: Impacts for Government IT Systems
DevOps is a blending of the words Development and Operations.  Industry weblogs and published books define DevOps as a balance of development and operation concepts with the ultimate goal of changing cultural mindsets and leveraging technology more efficiently.  Presentations on lessons learned and application of DevOps in Government settings are desired.  One guiding question to answer is does DevOps have an impact in Government settings.

Abstracts must be submitted electronically at the following link.

AFEI is an affiliate of the National Defense Industrial Association and this is NDIA’s standard abstract submittal process. 

Abstracts should be a minimum of 100 words in length and address proposed subject of the presentation.

Abstracts are due on April 11, 2014.  Abstracts submitted after that date will not be considered.

Submittal instructions:  Submitters must complete all required fields for the abstract to be submitted.  Once the submission form is complete, click on the Preview button at the bottom of the page to review the submission for correctness, completeness and readability (Note:  When cutting and pasting text use this feature to be sure the form has not altered paragraphing or spacing.)  When satisfied click the submit button.  You should then be taken back to the AFEI event page Http://

Selection of abstracts for presentation will be made by the program committee.  Submitters will be notified by e-mail on May 5.  Abstracts not selected for this event may be identified for presentation in either the Fall 2014 or Spring 2015 events.

A number of sponsorship opportunities are available for this event.  Sponsors have logos on materials, display tables and opportunity to speak during Lunchtime Lightning Rounds.  For more information contact Tammy Kicker via e-mail at [email protected].

This event is organized by the Association for Enterprise Information and its group ADAPT (Agile Defense Adoption Proponents Team), in partnership with the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute and the Systems Engineering Research Center operated for the Department of Defense by Stevens Institute.

For more information contact Tammy Kicker via e-mail at [email protected]








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