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Agile Defense

In 2010 the Defense Acquisitions Act made Agile software development the law of the land. But both the Department of Defense (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. 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.

Estimated time for this course: 120 minutes (plus optional papers)
Audience: Advanced
Suggested PrerequisiteAgile Manifesto

Upon completion you will:

  • Learn how the DoD is adopting agile procurement
  • Understand reporting guidelines for Agile projects in the DoD
  • Discover how the US Military uses Agile techniques on the battle field
  • Know why the DoD is going Agile
  • Qualify for Scrum Alliance SEUs and PMI PDUs. See FAQ for details
View and Download Class Slides

Download Agile Defense Slides

DoD CIO on Agile Development

Relevant Government and Industry Documents

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

P.L. 111-84, The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010

United States Congress

DoD CIO’s 10-Point Plan for IT Modernization

Ms. Teri Takai DoD CIO

Federal Information Technology FY 2013 Budget Priorities

Steven VanRoekel U.S. Chief Information Officer

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