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Agile in the DoD

A series of podcasts exploring the real-world application of the 12 agile principles

In this ongoing series, SEI researchers Suzanne Miller and Mary Ann Lapham discuss the 12 agile principles and their application in programs across the Department of Defense. 

April 18, 2013

Applying Agile in the DoD: First Principle

 Jeffrey Smith (Microsoft)

Mary Ann Lapham

 Jeffrey Smith (Microsoft)

Suzanne Miller

"One of the things that we found with DoD and federal clients is that these principles are a little bit new. Some of them feel good—they feel like they fit within the DoD culture—and some of them don't."

Categories: Acquisition Support

June 13, 2013

Applying Agile in the DoD: Second Principle

 Jeffrey Smith (Microsoft)

Mary Ann Lapham

 Jeffrey Smith (Microsoft)

Suzanne Miller

"One of the key things, if you're going to use Agile methods, is have enough definition up front of what you want to do, but not so much detail that you can't learn, that it can't change, because your environment changed."

Categories: Acquisition Support

August 15, 2013

Applying Agile in the DoD: Third Principle

 Jeffrey Smith (Microsoft)

Mary Ann Lapham

 Jeffrey Smith (Microsoft)

Suzanne Garcia-Miller

"It has become evident within the DoD community and the government in general that we need to do software delivery sooner. So, how do we do that?"

Categories: Acquisition Support

October 31, 2013

Applying Agile in the DoD: Fourth Principle

 Jeffrey Smith (Microsoft)

Mary Ann Lapham

 Jeffrey Smith (Microsoft)

Suzanne Miller

"Agile is an evolving learning environment. So, you have the top-level requirements. But, then, as you evolve and learn more about it, different requirements will emerge. And, you need to verify those with the actual operational end user."

Categories: Acquisition Support

January 30, 2014

Applying Agile in the DoD: Fifth Principle

 Jeffrey Smith (Microsoft)

Mary Ann Lapham

 Jeffrey Smith (Microsoft)

Suzanne Miller

"Inside their own organization they don't have this trust either because, again, they've been developed and trained in the old system. This is a different paradigm. We know that."

Categories: Acquisition Support

May 29, 2014

Applying Agile in the DoD: Sixth Principle

 Jeffrey Smith (Microsoft)

Mary Ann Lapham

 Jeffrey Smith (Microsoft)

Suzanne Miller

"The one thing I will say is that teams that don't pay attention to this do have trouble. We have seen that more than once. "

Categories: Acquisition Support

July 24, 2014

Applying Agile in the DoD: Seventh Principle

 Jeffrey Smith (Microsoft)

Suzanne Miller

 Jeffrey Smith (Microsoft)

Mary Ann Lapham

"This is a case where the cultural aspects of Agile are sometimes ahead of where some of the stakeholders are in the acquisition process. This working software principle really brings that to the forefront. "

Categories: Acquisition Support

Speakers in This Series

Mary Ann Lapham
Mary Ann Lapham is the technical lead of the SEI’s research on agile methods within Department of Defense acquisition settings. In addition to leading the writing of several SEI technical notes on this topic, Lapham is also active in consulting with military service clients of the SEI’s Software Solutions Division on the use of agile methods within their programs. She has more than 30 years of program management and software development experience in commercial and government contexts.

Suzanne Miller

Suzanne Miller
Suzanne Miller’s research focuses on synthesizing effective technology transition and management practices from research and industry into effective techniques for use of Agile and lean methods in regulated settings like the DoD.