From Teams to Enterprise: Agile at All Scales
Convergence of Agile and Lean for DoD
The Defense Department must deliver information technology capabilities faster and at lower cost.
Agile methods improve delivery of capability and are key to reforming DoD acquisition of software, and the convergence of Agile and Lean enhance their value to DoD.
The current budget environment demands this. The Defense Science Board Task Force report and the 2010 NDAA Section 804 both recognized that information technology (IT) can, and must, be acquired in a different manner than the traditional waterfall approach.
There are pockets of developmental activity that use agile methods in DoD, and the processes are gaining support. However, reconciliation of agile processes with waterfall acquisition documentation requirements and Earned Value Management can be very difficult. Moreover, Agile does not address the more comprehensive approach to systems development and operations. Sometimes it is practiced in what amounts to a vacuum and therefore does not integrate well with the remainder of organizational processes or developmental teams. Governance of large programs with multiple teams can be a challenge. Enter lean.
In a Lean manufacturing system, the work is broken into a set of value streams triggered by demand signals. The output of one value stream leads to others. Eventually, everything is combined into the product. The suppliers for materials needed are alerted through a system of just-in-time replenishment of parts and components called Kanban.
Large organizations using Agile are applying a Lean value stream approach in which various development teams are organized in sequential and parallel streams of work so that, at the end of an iteration, you get a new version of the product. Lean can help with integration and governance across Agile projects with different iterative rhythms. Integration across rhythms occurs at set iteration intervals to produce new product versions.
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The conference will bring industry and government together to hear from expert practitioners of both Agile and Lean, and to discuss how DoD acquisition is rapidly migrating to new, innovative processes.
- Learn how agile development is being used in DoD and integrated within traditional acquisition processes like Earned Value Management
- Interact with experts in both Agile and Lean to understand how these approaches are converging
- Identify practical procurement and contracting approaches for agile SW development
- Examine concrete lessons-learned from real-world successes and failures
- Expand their insight on the relationship of agile software development to governance, enterprise architecture and portfolio management
2nd Annual Agile in Defense Conference
Author: Dr. David F. Rico
The Association for Enterprise Information (AFEI) held its second major conference on Agile Methods in the U.S. DoD on Wednesday, March 21, 2012 (http://www.afei.org/events/2A01/Pages/default.aspx). AFEI is a non-profit industry association (part of the National Defense Industrial Association) that collaborates with and recommends technology (IT) best practices to the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD).
The purpose of the conference was to continue the process of promoting the use of Agile Methods for the acquisition of IT-intensive systems in the U.S. DoD. This work is the culmination of several AFEI, National Research Council (NRC), and Defense Science Board (DSB) committees, which have been recommending the use of Agile Methods for U.S. DoD IT acquisitions since 2008.
As a result of the first AFEI Agile Conference in December 2010, an independent committee called the Agile Defense Adoption Proponents Team (ADAPT) was formed by Stosh Misiaszek of Rally, Suzette Johnson of Northrop Grumman, and Richard Cheng of Excella. The 2012 AFEI Agile DoD Conference was organized by the ADAPT team. (Read More)