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Selected Category: Acquisition Support

November 27, 2014

Agile Software Teams and How They Engage with Systems Engineering on DoD Acquisition Programs

 Jeffrey Smith (Microsoft)

Eileen Wrubel

 Jeffrey Smith (Microsoft)

Suzanne Miller

"We talked to a number of program managers. We talked to Agile software team members. The thing that surprised me the most was that all of the feedback that we got about these interactions was about the service side of systems engineering. It wasn't really about the transformation of artifacts. It was about how the teams engage with each other, how they communicate all across the lifecycle of the program. "

Categories: Acquisition Support

November 13, 2014

Coding with AADL

 Jeffrey Smith (Microsoft)

Julien Delange

"One of the challenges in product line deployment and maintenance is managing the variation and making sure you understand whether you have deployed the correct configuration to each individual instance. So, AADL can be the home of the performance parameters, the different configuration settings that are related to each of the different environmental instances. Oh, that is very cool. "

October 30, 2014

The State of Agile

 Jeffrey Smith (Microsoft)

Alistair Cockburn

 Jeffrey Smith (Microsoft)

Suzanne Miller

"If you have 6 people, you put them in a room, give them access to users, and you are done with the story. If you have 20, you’ve got walls between the people, so you’ve got conversation blocks. If you’ve got 50, you’ve got multiple technologies, multiple teams, and multiple floors…If you have 100 people, you’ve got consistency problems across teams."

Categories: Acquisition Support

October 09, 2014

Applying Agile in the DoD: Eighth Principle

 Jeffrey Smith (Microsoft)

Suzanne Miller

 Jeffrey Smith (Microsoft)

Mary Ann Lapham

"We have seen teams that have devolved into just racing as fast as they can because they don't have the management top cover. We have also seen teams where the management understands that keeping that sustainable pace is part of what keeps the software coming. It is part of what makes their users happy. So, they work really hard to protect the teams in maintaining that pace. "

Categories: Acquisition Support

September 25, 2014

Agile Metrics

 Jeffrey Smith (Microsoft)

Will Hayes

 Jeffrey Smith (Microsoft)

Suzanne Miller

"One of the challenges we have is to find a good way to answer the needs of the large-scale-program-management focus without violating the kind of space that is created for a self-directed team to use Agile methods and be successful.  "

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

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

May 15, 2014

Using Quality Attributes to Improve Acquisition

 Jeffrey Smith (Microsoft)

Patrick Place

"We have these meaningless words like staffability. Just as they are meaningless in the software world, we are trying to give them meaning using scenarios. So, we have an exact analog of the architectural side of the house, the software-architecture side, to try and structure the acquisition strategy."

Categories: Acquisition Support

April 10, 2014

Three Variations on the V Model for System and Software Testing

 Jeffrey Smith (Microsoft)

Don Firesmith

"Historically this has been something that the safety community has known for a long time. If you have safety-critical software or hardware and you test it, then anything you use to generate and test that safety-critical software or hardware is considered safety-critical itself."

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

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

September 26, 2013

Acquisition Archetypes

 Jeffrey Smith (Microsoft)

William Novak

"An acquisition archetype describes a situation where an action that's being taken may appear to be sensible and…promising. At the same time, it has unintended, counterproductive effects to what was desired by that action. It might even make things worse than they were in the first place, even though it seemed to make perfect sense."

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

July 11, 2013

Common Testing Problems: Pitfalls to Prevent and Mitigate

 Jeffrey Smith (Microsoft)

Donald Firesmith

"Testing by itself just isn't going to get the job done. Testing typically only finds 50 percent of the problems in the code. Since a lot of the problems are introduced during requirements engineering and architecting, it really makes sense to try to both prevent those problems up front and to find the problems then instead of during the typical test cycle when they're much, much more expensive to fix."

Categories: Acquisition Support

June 27, 2013

Joint Programs and Social Dilemmas

 Jeffrey Smith (Microsoft)

Bill Novak

"Social dilemmas come in many different forms with different properties, which is partly why they can be hard to fix. That's why we keep seeing them, not just in acquisition but in public policy, economics, sociology, and many other areas."

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

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

April 04, 2013

The Evolution of a Science Project

 Jeffrey Smith (Microsoft)

Andrew P. Moore

 Jeffrey Smith (Microsoft)

William Novak

"When the project first starts out, initially we're ticking off progress at a pretty regular basis…but what can happen as you start nearing completion—the 70, 80, 90 percent done—is that progress as measured can begin to stall out."

Categories: Acquisition Support

February 21, 2013

Technology Readiness Assessments

 Jeffrey Smith (Microsoft)

Michael Bandor

"A TRA is not a documentation review. There's a lot of planning that goes into it, six months to a year's worth of planning out front. You actually get into design details, engineering studies, &test reports. It's really a heavy-duty engineering level review."

Categories: Acquisition Support

September 20, 2012

Misaligned Incentives

 Jeffrey Smith (Microsoft)

Bill Novak

"Misaligned incentives usually occur in the absence of well-designed rules that control the rewards or penalties for participants. The underlying idea is that unless the rules incentivize them to do otherwise, people and organizations both tend to act in their own self interest, which may not always be what was wanted."

Categories: Acquisition Support

September 04, 2012

Agile Acquisition

 Jeffrey Smith (Microsoft)

Mary Ann Lapham

 Jeffrey Smith (Microsoft)

Suzanne Miller

"Today the Department of Defense needs to acquire software faster than it ever has in the past."

Categories: Acquisition Support