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Agile in Government: Practical Considerations

This 1-2 day live-delivery tutorial enables attendees to understand basic Agile concepts that developers use, but primarily focuses on introducing the interactions that government program offices can and should have with developers (either organic or contracted) who are using Agile methods to develop government systems. A combination of lecture, discussion and short exercises are used to provide attendees with information that will translate into their work settings.


Government staff who are (1) interacting with contractor Agile teams or (2) are considering adoption of Agile methods for their own work, or (3) have been told they will be interacting in an Agile enterprise. Development contractor staff who are interested in understanding how the government expects to interact in Agile development settings.


Attendees who complete the course should be able to:

  • Explain why Agile is not a "silver bullet" for government acquisition
  • List several areas of acquisition that are affected by the use of Agile methods and practices
  • Describe the major tenets and several of the principles of the Agile Manifesto


Overviews of the following topics:

  • Agile Basics: life cycles, Agile Manifesto, principles, methods, and practices
  • New Role for Government: Product Owner
  • Agile Insight and Oversight: technical reviews, requirements management, progress measurement
  • Agile in the Larger Eco-System: systems engineering, contracting, testing, certification, OSD policy
  • Enabling an Agile Culture: models that support adoption, Readiness & Fit Analysis Summary


Participants will receive tutorial materials and reference handouts.


This course has no prerequisites.


This 1-2 day course can be customized upon request.

This course may be offered by special arrangement at customer sites. For details, please email or telephone at +1 412-268-7622.

Course Questions?

Phone: 412-268-7388

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