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 AGILE IN DEFENSE Fall Workshop 


 Attacking the Impediments 

Event Number



 11/28/2012  to 11/28/2012 


 Hyatt Regency Crystal City 


 Tammy Kicker, 



Attacking the ImpedimentsDoD CIO Modernization

The DoD CIO's 10 Point Plan for IT Modernization targets
the most pressing, near-term challenges.  It addresses consolidating infrastructure, streamlining processes, and developing the workforce.  This first goal under streamlining processes is to Enable Agile IT.  The objectives are:

  • Lead the development of an Agile IT development methodology
  • Provide Guidance to DoD On Agile IT Best Practices

ADAPT is facilitating this workshop to provide industry-government interaction in policy, contracting/acquisition and technical areas directly related to understanding, assessing and implementing agile methods in DoD programs, projects and procurements. 

The workshop is intended to promote understanding of the implications and impacts of agile methods, identify obstacles to their incorporation in DoD acquisition, and discuss examples of best practices of successful implementation.


Download the Agenda with description of Cafe Sessions here

8:30 AM Welcome and ADAPT Overview

Keynote Speaker

Dave Mihelcic, Chief Technology Officer, DISA (invited)

9:15 AM


Featured Speaker

Mark Schwartz, Chief Information Officer, US Citizenship and Immigration Service

10:00 AM


Instructions for Café Session Workshops
Outline framework and processes for workshop collaboration and dialogue.

Each topic will have groupsets of 10-12 for full engagement.  Topics will repeat so all attendees are able participate. 

Networking Break at 10:15 AM

10:30 AM


Café Sessions (30-minutes each)

Item 1 - Contracting and Acquisition
Leader: Richard Cheng, Excella

Item 2 - Project Management
Leader: Suzette Johnson, Northrop Grumman

Item 3 - Testing and Integration
Leader: Pete Christensen, MITRE

Item 4 - Systems Considerations
Leader: Richard Turner, Stevens Institute

Item 5 - Changing Culture
Leader: Suzanne Miller, Software Engineering Institute

12:00 PM

Networking Lunch and Open Discussion

1:00 PM

Café Sessions Continue (30-minutes each)

2:00 PM


Speakers from DoD

Ronald W. Pontius, Director, C2, Under Secretary of Defense, AT&L

2:45 PM Dr. Steven Hutchison, Principal Deputy, DASD, Developmental Test and Evaluation
3:30 PM Café Session Summary Panel
4:00 PM Closing Comments


  Hyatt Regency Crystal City at Reagan National Airport
2799 Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington, Virginia, USA 22202
Tel:  (703) 418-1234
Fax: (703) 418-1289
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On-line Registration has now closed as of Monday, November 26, 2012. 
For onsite registration, you may download the registration form and bring it with you to the event. Contact Tammy Kicker (703-247-9494) for further assistance.

 Registration Form


Regular fee
Through Nov 26

Onsite fee
after Nov 26




AFEI Member
(NDIA and affiliates)






** Only available for active-duty military and civilian employees.

Registration Policy
Deadline to register online or by fax is by COB Monday, November 26, 2012.

The Registration Form may be downloaded, completed, and brought to the workshop for onsite registration. Please do not mail any registration forms after November 16th. Registrations will not be taken over the phone; payment must be made at the time of registration.

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations received by close of business Wednesday, November 14, 2012 will receive a full refund less a $75 processing fee.  No refunds will be given for cancellations after November 14, 2012. Substitutions are welcome in lieu of cancellations, as long as there is no financial transaction. All substitutions and cancellations must be made in writing to Tammy Kicker,



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Benefits include:

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  • Recognition from the podium
  • Event Signage 
  • A complimentary conference registration
  • Access to networking breaks and lunch

Contact Tammy Kicker at or 703-247-9494 for details.


AFEI has published proceedings from the Agile In Defense Fall Workshop

Defense acquisition is, in quite a few respects, unlike any other Government activity or commercial practice.  There are unique, mission-driven aspects that require specific processes to assure they are properly accomplished.  Nevertheless, DoD must seek to be both flexible in what it buys and efficient with taxpayer dollars.  It is now a well-documented fact that traditional waterfall acquisition processes are not, in most cases, good IT acquisition practices.

Agile methods offer DoD the opportunity to increase both efficiency of SW development and its effectiveness, as shown in the AFEI report, The Business Case for Agile Methods.   We recognize that there is no “one size fits all” approach that is workable across DoD.  As pointed out in SEI Technical Note, Considerations for Using Agile in DoD, “implementation of Agile must be tailored to fit the situation and context.” 

The purpose of the Agile in Defense Fall Workshop was to identify the major impediments to adoption of Agile methods in DoD.  Agile methods represent a different approach and mind-set than a traditional acquisition process.  As experience is showing us, gaining the benefits of Agile methods requires adopting new processes and behaviors, some of which are quite foreign to our traditional way of doing things.

Conclusions and Recommendations

Promulgate appropriate Policies and Procedures necessary to support a consistent approach to implementing Agile methods in Defense acquisition programs. 

Establish training and certification programs for Acquisition, Program Management and Program Oversight/Governance professionals.

Accelerate the development of continuous delivery, integration, testing and C&A.

Download the full report from the ADAPT pages here