A recent report by the Defense Science Board (DSB) praises the Department of Defense for its move towards greater use of agile development approaches, according to Steve Kelman’s column in FCW.
The report – Design and Acquisition of Software for Defense Systems – emphasizes the importance of software in enabling and enhancing weapons systems, and discusses the advantages of iterative development for catching errors quickly and obtaining valuable user feedback.
From the article:
There is an interesting discussion . . . of the advantages of agile for ongoing development of cyber defense capabilities. “Checking a software system’s code base daily keeps manageable the number of changes required to comply with a large base of cyber rules,” the report states. “When a new vulnerability is discovered, additional rules are formulated to detect similar errors in code.”
Perhaps the most interesting thing about the DSB report is its publication right now. The report may be coming at just the right time. Stan Soloway . . . currently head of the consulting firm Celero — notes that the Defense Digital Service and Ash Carter’s DIUx, are turning out to be more influential than many predicted. This ties in to my conclusion in a blog a while ago that the U.S. Digital Service and 18F were becoming part of the federal IT ecosystem.
“To some extent it is the result of the uniform military leadership (think ‘customer’) pushing back against a traditional system that doesn’t deliver,” Soloway said.
Read the full article: Striking a blow for agile with DOD weapons systems | FCW