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 Canceled Event - Modern Infrastructure: Agile - Lean - Continuous 


 Increasing the Business Value of IT 

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 3/25/2014  to 3/27/2014 


 Sheraton Seattle, Seattle, WA  


 Tammy Kicker, [email protected] 


This event has been canceled.


Successful Internet-based businesses rely on rapid development and deployment of software to deliver new features to customers.  They use agile methods and have reduced the time to test, integrate and put capability into production. 

Yet implementing agile is a challenge for many enterprises, and particularly Governments.  Successful use of agile requires new processes and tools, different testing and integration schemes, a different approach to governance, different types of metrics, and a different mindset.  Changing all of this at the same time is a challenge.

This event is about the evolving enterprise IT infrastructure, and how technology-dependent organizations can improve IT reliability and business value while leveraging technology to improve competitiveness, service delivery and customer/citizen satisfaction.

The event examines the benefits and challenges of modern IT infrastructures, with a focus on the intersections and touch points between the public and private sector.  The content will addresses lean, agile, devops and big data principles, and provides attendees with information on how they can approach these in the context of their own enterprise.

The IT Conundrum: greater speed AND higher reliability.
Business is done through IT.  That is a basic reality of today, creating two camps in IT organizations: operations and development.  These work towards fundamentally different goals.  Operations need stability, security and control in the production environments.  Developers need agility and flexibility to deliver the shiny new feature demanded by businesses and customers.  Each is crucial to success.

Why Attend

  • Understand how architecture and business context shape and influence agile success
  • Learn how you can adapt your workplace for greater collaboration, predictability, quality, and satisfaction
  • Hear about how other organizations have tackled the challenge of changing culture and adopting new processes
  • Network with other professionals who share the same interests
  • Gather information relevant to the state of your organization’s adoption of agile, lean, kanban, or devops
  • Take actionable information back
  • Make contact with professionals useful to your organization


Tuesday March 25, 2014

1:00 PM Welcome


The Enterprise Challenge for the Department of Defense

An enterprise view of the trends in IT in the context of reduced resources and adoption of shared-services, widgets, mobility, cloud, and agile into an increasingly complex IT environment.

Ron Pontius, Director, C2, Under Secretary of Defense, USD (AT&L)

1:45 PM


Making the Enterprise-wide Transition to Lean and Agile Methods

Alan Shalloway, founder and CEO of Net Objectives

2:30 PM Networking Break

2:45 PM


Bridging the Gap Between Agile Methods and Program Management

Steve Messenger, Chairman, DSDM Consortium

3:30 PM


Agile and Enterprise Architecture-A new Approach

Robert Damashek, Chief Architect, Binary Group

4:15 PM


Portfolio Management for a Fast Paced World

Brent Barton, Rally Software


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

8:00 AM


Critical Success Factors in Agile Delivery

Paul Gorans, Agile Competency Lead - IBM Federal

8:45 AM


Setting Schedule Management Best Practices Guidance for Federal Programs Implementing Agile Methods

Karen Richey, Senior Cost Analyst at Government Accountability Office

9:30 AM Networking Break
10:00 AM

Challenge Your System View -- Using Agile and Lean Practices to Uncover Your Biases

Jean Tabaka, Agile Fellow, Rally Software

10:45 AM

Metrics and Benchmarking: Proving the Improvements

Troy Magennis, President, Focused Objective LLC

11:30 AM

NGA Agility Strategic Initiative

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


12:00 PM Networking lunch with sponsor presentations

1:00 PM

Management of Large Scale, Complex Systems

Steve Holt, Associate Technical Fellow, Systems Engineering, Boeing

1:45 PM

Leadership, Change and the Enterprise

Master of The Responsibility Process™ for dynamic organizational leadership, teamwork, and change. Developer of The Leadership Gift™. Author Teamwork Is An Individual Skill.

2:30 PM Networking Break
2:45 PM

Building Value: Agile Enterprises and Benefits Realization

William Mathis, President, CPIC Solutions Corp

3:30 PM

Agile Software Engineering Best Practices - What Project Managers and Non-Technical People Need to Know

Richard Cheng, Principal Consultant, Agile Training Lead, Excella

4:15 PM

The State of DevOps

William Rowden, Software Development Coach, SolutionsIQ

Ben Tomasini, SolutionsIQ

5:00 PM Adjourn

Day three educational workshop sessions

(Additional Fee required)

Thursday, March 27

9:00 AM to
4:00 PM


Concurrent Training Sessions

Insufficient registrations have forced cancellation of sessions one and three.

Session two is now included with conference fee.

Session 1 - Scaled Agile Framework (Cancelled)

Presented by NetObjectives

Session 2 - Managing Agile Programs with DSDM

Presented by the DSDM Consortium

Session 3 - Leading Agile Change (Cancelled)

Presented by Christopher Avery

Visit Training Workshop Tab for details.

Sheraton Seattle Hotel
1400 6th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101

Phone: (206) 621-9000



There is a room block at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel that is being shared with the NDIA Supply Chain event.  You may select the appropriate link to book your stay.

Sheraton Seattle Hotel
1400 6th Avenue
Seattle, Washington 98101

Phone: (206) 621-9000

Room block Cut-off date – February 20, 2014
Industry Room Rates:
Single Double: $175

Industry housing link:
NDIA Supply Chain Summit or AFEI Modern Infrastructure

Government Room Rates:
Single: $137

Government housing link:
NDIA Supply Chain Summit or AFEI Modern Infrastructure- Gov't


This event has been canceled.

As of COB Friday, March 14th, the decision was made to cancel this event. Registrants for this event will receive confirmation of full refund. We do apologize for any inconvenience.


Government Registration

  • To qualify for free Government registration it is only available for Federal, State and Local Government employees or active duty members of the U.S. military.  Contractors do not qualify for Government Registration and must register as Industry to attend.  

Academia Registration

  • 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

Registration Fees


Ends 3/19/14



Government Civilian / Active Military Fees

Conference including the DSDM Training Workshop
(Meal pass available for purchase - see below)



DSDM Training Workshop



Academia Fees (Full-time Academia)
Conference including the DSDM Training Workshop



Industry Member Fees (AFEI/NDIA members and its affiliates)

Conference including the DSDM Training Workshop



Industry Non Member Fees
Conference including the DSDM Training Workshop



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.

All cancellations must be in writing. No refunds will be given due to the timeliness of event. Substitutions to this event are welcome in lieu of cancellations. Requests for substitutions must be made in writing to [email protected].


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

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Who will attend?

Government decision makers, 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]

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Session 1 - Scaled Agile Framework

Achieving Scaled Agile With the Scaled Agile Framework

Instructor: Al Shalloway, CEO, Net Objectives

This tutorial discusses what it takes to achieve Agile at scale and how to use the Scaled Agile Framework to accomplish it.  The Scaled Agile Framework is not an approach based on a philosophy, but rather one based on years of experience of several thought leaders who have helped their clients achieve success of Agile at scale.  It is a set of practices based on the Lean-Agile mindset that can achieve those outcomes that have proven to be necessary at scale.

This tutorial presents the challenges of Agile at scale and discusses how a bottom-up team based approach, or a pure Kaizen only approach, is insufficient for transitioning organizations.  SAFe is presenting by identifying the essential outcomes required for large-scale agility that it helps manifest.  Hence, we see why SAFe is organized as it is and why the practices is espouses are necessary.  This combination of principles, practices and frameworks provides both an understanding of SAFe and how one might tailor it for their needs if necessary.

  • An Executives View Overview of SAFe
  • Outcomes Required for Agile at Scale and SAFe Practices to Achieve Them
  • The SAFe Architectural Runway
  • SAFe Specific Practices
    • Potentially Shippable Increment (PSI) Planning
    • SAFe/Scrum
  • Kanban in SAFe

Learning Outcomes:

  • What is the Scaled Agile Framework
  • The essential outcomes one must manifest to achieve Agile at scale
    • Focus on delivering business value incrementally
    • Driving business value from the portfolio level, which creates the context for programs and then projects and teams
    • The proper way to decompose requirements
    • Make all work visible
    • Test-First Methods
    • The need for enterprise architecture
    • Create teams to the extent possible and advisable
    • Have an owner for the development value stream
    • Align on cadence and synchronize regularly
  • The SAFe practices that achieve these outcomesTo register visit the Registration Tab.

To register visit the Registration Tab.

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

 To register visit the Registration Tab.

Session 3 - Leading Agile Change

Instructor: Christopher Avery

So many want to know: "How can I master cross-functional and collaborative leadership?"

This training session is for VPs, Directors, Team Leads, ScrumMasters, Agile Coaches, Project Managers, and professionals who work in teams to get things done.

Christopher shows how to confidently get more done with less stress and more fun by applying proven, reliable, and repeatable step-by-step team leadership framework practices that build cohesive, high-performance team dynamics and get things done under conditions of shared responsibility.

Double your team leadership ability fast, then double it again…
Most professionals don't realize there is a legitimate science and repeatable technology to building and leading teams. There is, and Christopher has been defining, applying, and teaching it for nearly 20 years.

After taking this training you will…

  • Understand why a team does or doesn't generate a felt sense of shared responsibility
  • Have diagnostic and interpersonal tools you can use to build collaboration
  • Know there is always an effective action you can take to build any team, at any time

Agile methods say you should be collaborative. In Creating Results Based Teams — Anytime, Anywhere, with Anyone  we show you exactly how to make that happen.

To register visit the Registration Tab. 

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