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 DoD Agile Development 


 Lean, Incremental, Collaborative and Continuous 

Event Number



 12/14/2010  to 12/14/2010 


 Hilton Alexandria Mark Center 


 Betsy Lauer, [email protected] 


About This Event

The DoD is developing a comprehensive new process to acquire and deliver IT capabilities.  Central to this new process is agile development of software.

DoD cannot hope to achieve state of the art information capabilities using the traditional DoD acquisition process.  New approaches require new principles, such as:

  • Speed and Agility
  • Incremental Development and Testing  
  • Rationalized Requirements
  • Flexible/Tailored Acquisitions

Agile methods embrace these principles and are gaining momentum in DoD, both in infrastructure and application development.  Agility provides increased opportunity for innovation, and innovation results in better capabilities with quicker delivery and lower cost.

This conference examines the agile model, who is using it, why it is being adopted, and how to incorporate it into DoD programs. 

The March 2009 Defense Science Board Task Force report and the 2010 NDAA Section 804 both recognized that information technology can and must be acquired in a different manner than we currently use.

NDAA Section 804 requires a new DOD IT acquisition process that includes:

  • early and continual involvement of the user;
  • multiple, rapidly executed increments or releases of capability;
  • successive prototyping to support an evolutionary approach; and
  • modular, open-systems.

These attributes also generally describe agile development; which is collaborative, iterative, more spiral in nature.  Agile aligns well with the requirements for a new DoD IT acquisition process, offering a viable alternative to traditional processes.


The Program

  Invited DoD Keynote

 8:45 AM Invited Industry Keynote
 10:00 AM Forge.Mil – the DoD Case for Agile

The panel features overview of Forge.mil and how developers are currently using it to deliver capabilities into DoD programs in an agile, collaborative environment.  Includes specific case studies for DoD projects.

Moderator: Rob Vietmeyer, DISA

11:30 AM
AFEI Excellence in Enterprise Integration Awards Luncheon
1:00 PM Panel - Driving Agile Innovation in DoD

This panel examines both new infrastructure capabilities (such as RACE, Forge and NCES) and emerging application environments (Army Apps, DoD Storefront, etc).  It focuses on how they combine to create unprecedented opportunities for innovation in capability delivery based on agile methods.

Moderator: John Scott, Radiant Blue

2:45 PM

Applying Agile Methods in DoD Acquisition Programs

This session features two presentations.

Getting Started – Making It Real
This presentation focuses on what program managers, project leads and developers need to know about buying, managing and governing agile development efforts within the context of DoD acquisition regulations.  It covers specific concepts such as Velocity-based contracting that allow agile methods to be effective.

Case Study – The U.S. Postal Service
This presentation describes how the postal Service migrated from a traditional waterfall-based development environment to one that relies on agile methods.

Moderator:  Mike Kochanik, Collabnet

4:15 PM Ask the Experts Panel

This session brings several speakers and agile development experts on-stage to field audience question regarding agile and its applications.

Moderator: Chris Gunderson, Professor, Naval Post Graduate School

5:00 PM Adjourn


Hilton Alexandria Mark Center
5000 Seminary Road
Alexandria, VA 22311

Self parking is available at $7.00 per car.



Hilton Alexandria Mark Center
5000 Seminary Road
Alexandria, VA 22311

A limited number of sleeping rooms are available at the current rate of $189, plus taxes, until November 13, 2010. Ask for the Association for Enterprise Information group rate. After November 13, reservations will be subject to hotel availability and prevailing rates.




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Registration Rates

Regular Registration
until December 10

Onsite Registration December 11 - 15
 Government*  $150  $200
 AFEI/NDIA Member  $250  $325
 Non-member  $350  $425

*Only available for active-duty military and civilian employees

Registration Policy
Please do not fax or mail any registrations after December 10, 2010.  After this date, bring your registration form with you to the conference for onsite registration.  Registrations will not be taken over the phone.  Payment must be made at the time of registration.  Seating for this event is limited, so register early to insure your participation.

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations received before November 10, 2010 will receive a full refund.  
Cancellation requests received between November 11 and December 11 will receive a refund minus a $75.00 transaction fee. No refunds will be given for cancellations received after December 11, 2010.  Substitutions are welcome in lieu of cancellations. Substitutions and cancellations must be made in writing to [email protected].

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Contact Betsy Lauer at [email protected] or 703-247-9473.


The purpose of the conference to:

  • examine agile in the light reform of IT acquisition
  • explain initiatives such as Forge.mil and how programs can use them to increase software development speed and efficiency
  • expose successful infrastructure and application development uses of agile methods that are driving innovation
  • educate attendees on how to get started and make it real in programs

Attending this conference will:

  • raise awareness of how agile methods are being used in DOD and other federal agencies
  • increase understanding of what agile methods and infrastructure developments are enabling innovation
  • identify practical procurement and contracting approaches for applying agile development to programs
  • examine concrete lessons-learned from real-world successes and failures
  • expand insight on the relationship of agile software development to governance, enterprise architecture and portfolio management

Betsy Lauer, [email protected] 

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