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Update 2016: Considerations for Using Agile in DoD Acquisition

Technical Note
This report updates a 2010 technical note, addressing developments in commercial Agile practices as well as the Department of Defense (DoD) acquisition environment.
Publisher

Software Engineering Institute

CMU/SEI Report Number
CMU/SEI-2016-TN-001
DOI (Digital Object Identifier)
10.1184/R1/6585611.v1
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Abstract

This report, an update to a 2010 report, Considerations For Using Agile In DoD Acquisitions, addresses developments in commercial Agile practices as well as the Department of Defense (DoD) acquisition environment. It covers some previously unanswered questions and asks some new ones. It includes new research, examples of Agile in practice, and policy updates.

Continuing with the 2010 report’s theme, this report updates the exploration of these questions: Can Agile be used in the DoD environment? If so, how? It includes lessons learned from DoD programs that have employed Agile and information gleaned from myriad articles and books on Agile. While this report does not pretend to cover every paper or thought published about Agile in the DoD world, it provides an updated overview of some challenges in using Agile, an overview of how some programs have addressed these challenges, and some additional recommendations on dealing with these challenges. The intended audience is policy makers, program office staff, and software development contractors who are contemplating proposing the use of Agile methods.

We hope this report stimulates new discussion about adopting Agile in the DoD world and equips practitioners with the information they need to make informed decisions.

Cite This Technical Note

Miller, S., Ward, D., Lapham, M., Williams, R., Hammons, C., Burton, D., & Schenker, A. (2016, December 14). Update 2016: Considerations for Using Agile in DoD Acquisition. (Technical Note CMU/SEI-2016-TN-001). Retrieved July 22, 2024, from https://doi.org/10.1184/R1/6585611.v1.

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howpublished={Carnegie Mellon University, Software Engineering Institute's Digital Library},
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Miller, Suzanne, Dan Ward, Mary Ann Lapham, Ray Williams, Charles (Bud) Hammons, Daniel Burton, and Alfred Schenker. "Update 2016: Considerations for Using Agile in DoD Acquisition." (CMU/SEI-2016-TN-001). Carnegie Mellon University, Software Engineering Institute's Digital Library. Software Engineering Institute, December 14, 2016. https://doi.org/10.1184/R1/6585611.v1.

S. Miller, D. Ward, M. Lapham, R. Williams, C. Hammons, D. Burton, and A. Schenker, "Update 2016: Considerations for Using Agile in DoD Acquisition," Carnegie Mellon University, Software Engineering Institute's Digital Library. Software Engineering Institute, Technical Note CMU/SEI-2016-TN-001, 14-Dec-2016 [Online]. Available: https://doi.org/10.1184/R1/6585611.v1. [Accessed: 22-Jul-2024].

Miller, Suzanne, Dan Ward, Mary Ann Lapham, Ray Williams, Charles (Bud) Hammons, Daniel Burton, and Alfred Schenker. "Update 2016: Considerations for Using Agile in DoD Acquisition." (Technical Note CMU/SEI-2016-TN-001). Carnegie Mellon University, Software Engineering Institute's Digital Library, Software Engineering Institute, 14 Dec. 2016. https://doi.org/10.1184/R1/6585611.v1. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

Miller, Suzanne; Ward, Dan; Lapham, Mary Ann; Williams, Ray; Hammons, Charles (Bud); Burton, Daniel; & Schenker, Alfred. Update 2016: Considerations for Using Agile in DoD Acquisition. CMU/SEI-2016-TN-001. Software Engineering Institute. 2016. https://doi.org/10.1184/R1/6585611.v1