Agile Defense

Agile Defense applies from the battlefield to the boardroom: 

In 2010 the Defense Acquisitions Act made Agile software development the law of the land for Defense Contractors. But both the DoD and the contractor community are struggling to figure out how to make it work in an ossified system that often requires traditional waterfall reporting.

And, in 2007 Gen. David Petraeus reversed the course of the Iraq war by using small, cross-functional teams to break the back of Al Qaeda in Iraq. He did this by pushing decisions down to the platoon and even to the squad level on the streets of Baghdad.

This online course will show you how Scrum has been used by war-fighters and in the corridors of the Pentagon. You will learn how to handle Agile procurement and contracts in a Defense setting. This course is for both contractors and acquisition professionals.

Join Scrum Inc. CEO, West Point Graduate, and former Fighter Pilot Jeff Sutherland and Scrum Inc.'s JJ Sutherland, who covered the Pentagon and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan for more than decade for NPR, for this hour long class on Agile Defense.

 Scrum Inc.’s online courses are eligible for Scrum Alliance SEUs and PMI PDUs. See FAQ for details.

Download Agile Defense Slides

Department of Defense - INSTRUCTION - INTERIM - NUMBER 5000.02

TITLE: Interim DoD Instruction 5000.02, “Operation of the Defense Acquisition System,” November 25, 2013

SUMMARY: In accordance with Deputy Secretary of Defense Memorandum, “Defense Acquisition,” November 26, 2013, this instruction reissues and cancels DoDI 5000.02, “Operation of the Defense Acquisition System,” December 8, 2008, with the exception of Enclosure 9.

Earned Value Analysis in Scrum Projects

Sulaiman, Barton, Blackburn - SolutionsIQ and Info Tech - 2013


Making Agile Development Work in a Government Contracting Environment 

Glen B. Alleman and Michael Henderson - Submitted to Agile Development, June 25–28, 2003 Salt Lake City, Utah


Thinking About Agile Development in DoD

Stephen Welby, Deputy Ast. Secretary of Defense for Systems Engineering - AFEI Agile for Government Summit 11/ 21, 2013


DoD Agile Adoption: Necessary Considerations, Concerns, and Changes 

Mary Ann Lapham, Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University - CrossTalk—January/February 2012


The Challenges of Being Agile in DoD

William Broadus of Defense Acquisition University - Defense AT&L: January-February 2013


DCMO report to Congress: A New Approach for Delivering IT Capabilities in the Department of Defense

Office of the Secretary of Defense Pursuant to Section 804 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010


Agile Metrics: Progress Monitoring of Agile Contractors

Hayes, Miller, Lapham, Wrubel, Chick - January 2014 TECHNICAL NOTE - CMU/SEI-2013-TN-029


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