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 ADAPT on Agile Breakfast Briefing 


 Lowering Contracting Barriers to Agile Methods in Government 

Event Number



 10/10/2013  to 10/10/2013 


 The Navy League Building 


 Tammy Kicker,, 703-247-9494 


ADAPT on Agile Breakfast Briefing

Lowering Contracting Barriers to Agile Methods in Government

Join these interactive discussions with community peers from Government, Industry and Academia and be ready with your contracting and how-to questions such as:

  • When is it best to do a single award or multi award IDIQ or BPA?
  • When is it best to use fixed price over cost-reimbursement or T&M?
  • How best to word a performance work statement (PWS) to describe mission outcome versus HOW work is to be performed?
  • How to contractually commit customer to ensure Product Owner time is committed appropriately?  
  • How to contractually commit contractor for performance?
  • How to report progress (oversight)? 
  • How and if to do earned value?
  • When is it best to parse out into a separate contract Continuous Integration, etc.? 

Guest Speakers

LtCol Andrew J. Berry, Director, Warfighter's Edge, USAF

Jonathan B. Mostowski, Contracting Officer, NGA


The use of agile methods across Government has been growing, and with it the understanding that contracts written for an agile, or incremental, development effort must of necessity be different than those written for more traditional efforts.  The revision being drafted for DoDI 5000.02 specifically addresses incremental development, DoD's term for iterative agile methods.  Contracts that allow agile, or iterative, development of software require some special considerations on the part of contracting officials.  The iterative process in many ways does not match the traditional approach to Performance Work statements, Data Item Descriptions, Program Reviews, or Contract Deliverable Requirements Lists 

The purpose of this workshop is to examine with two key DoD officials some best practices in writing and managing contracts for agile development (CDRLs for example).   Areas of program oversight, product ownership, requirements prioritization (must have, should have, could have), technical debt, cost control and affordability, and EVMS may also be touched on as they relate to the contract that invokes agile methods.

Attendees will take away information that they can apply directly to their organization, and will have the opportunity to influence how policy and standards get shaped for Agile in Defense.


  8:30 AM   Registration and Breakfast
  9:00 AM   Overview and Meeting Objective
  9:15 AM   Jonathan B. Mostowski 
10:00 AM   Break
10:15 AM   LtCol Andrew J. Berry, USAF
11:00 AM   Summary and Closing remarks

Event proceedings and/or presentations will be posted here following speaker approval. Email notification will be sent to all attendees regarding the posting.


The Navy League Building
2300 Wilson Blvd., 1st Floor
Arlington, VA 22201

Direction and Map

Metro - Courthouse Metro is within walking distance

Parking - Available parking at the parking garage near the local government building and Colonial parking garage at 2101 Wilson Blvd. Also street parking is available with options for 1-4 hour time limitations.

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Registration is now CLOSED!

Registration Fees
*A virtual option to attend is being offered for those attendees who are not local to Northern VA/MD/DC Metro area.

Registration Type
*virtual or in-person

Regular Fee
October 9

Government CIV or Active Duty MIL*
(by fax or email)
*virtual or in-person

No Fee

(by fax or email)
*virtual or in-person

No Fee

Industry Member*
(AFEI, NDIA and affiliates)
*virtual or in-person


Industry Non-Member*
*virtual or in-person
















Registration/Cancellation/Commitment Policy

Registration is open through COB Wednesday, October 9, 2013. Register early as there is limited seating available. There will be no onsite registration. Contractors do not qualify for Government Registration and must register as Industry. An employee ID will be requested onsite to confirm registration type of attendee badge.

There are no refunds given for cancellations due to the timeframe of this event. Substitutions are welcome in lieu of cancellations with no financial transaction exchange. For registrations with fee, please register with the correct option of payment. A $25 fee will be applied to those wishing to exchange any form of payment. All substitutions and cancellations must be made in writing to Tammy Kicker at

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 conference 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.

For Attendees

Thank you to all the attendees for being part of the ADAPT on AGILE Briefing. We appreciate our speakers of the day and giving insight and shared experiences to the real-life work they do each day in dealing with contracting and acquisition.

The event proceedings and/or presentations will be posted under the AGENDA tab following speaker approval. Email notification will be sent to all attendees regarding the posting.



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