Since most federal agencies report that more than half of their IT development efforts use agile today, it's important to understand the key acquisition success strategies to adopt and mistakes to avoid.
One way to make room for agile in fixed price contracts is to use "function points" - units of measure to express the amount of business functionality an information system as a product provides to a user.
The move towards DevOps transformation usually needs to start with a disruptive event or emergency to trigger the change.
Sarah Fahden, the chief of the Verification Program Portfolio at USCIS, said the journey to being a dev/ops or agile shop started quickly after DHS made the project a high priority modernization program almost six years ago.
The Chief Digital and Information Officer of UK’s Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) says the department is using a blend of user-centered design thinking and structured systems thinking to improve digital experiences for the 22 million citizens it serves.
The next generation of government workers will be looking for open and collaborative work environments, flexible work policies, and a willingness to experiment with new processes like agile development.
At the Food and Drug Administration, a cloud advisory board and innovation lab are collaborating to evaluate ideas and move good plans forward quickly.
In a July 26 letter to DHS Chief Procurement Officer Soraya Correa, several vendors who had been awarded spots to participate in FLASH offered encouragement and appreciation to the agency despite the disappointing outcome of the attempted contract.
'Micro-consulting' could grant small businesses expanded opportunities for introducing innovation, while making it 'safer' for federal agencies to take risks and experiment with targeted outcomes.
The Homeland Security Department is looking beyond the "DevOps" trend -- blending development teams with operations teams to encourage closer collaboration and quick deployments -- with the intention of adding security teams into the mix.