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Agile Technology Contracting in Federal Government by Traci Walker

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Focusing on implementing Agile Software Development to show how to navigate the flexibilities that exist in the Federal Acquisitions Regulations

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Agile Technology Contracting in Federal Government by Traci Walker

  1. 1. AGILE CONTRACTS IN GOVERNMENT Traci Walker, USDS
  2. 2. We need to bridge the gap between the government and digital solutions Photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/blmoregon/11442393906/
  3. 3. “GALLOPING GERTIE” Tacoma Narrows Bridge
  4. 4. Digital transformation needs a safer path
  5. 5. Focuses on implementing Agile software development to show how to navigate the flexibilities that already exist in the Federal Acquisition Regulations www.playbook.cio.gov/techfar TECHFAR HANDBOOK
  6. 6. DURABLE BUT FLEXIBLE SAFETY AND LOWERING RISKS NOT OVER-ENGINEERED HOW TO BUILD THE RIGHT CONTRACT FOR AGILE DEVELOPMENT
  7. 7. SEPARATE TECHNICAL FEATURES FROM CONTRACTUAL REQUIREMENTS REPEATED PROCESS FOR THE DELIVERY OF WORKING PRODUCT APPLY THE RULES OF AGILE IN THE RULES OF THE CONTRACT DURABLE BUT FLEXIBLE
  8. 8. CORRECTLY APPLY CONTRACT TYPES THINK SMALL HAVE AN EXIT STRATEGY SAFETY AND LOWERING RISKS
  9. 9. NOT OVER-ENGINEERED Waterfall Contracting Agile Contracting Individual Labor Categories Agile Teams Labor Rates or FFP completed system New Unit of Measure: FFP Per Iteration One Final End Solution Repeated process for functional product Full Solution Released (IOC/FOC) Release Management / Minimum Viable Products Maintenance becomes Steady State New development / bugs / enhancements prioritized equally as User Stories New/Changed Features = Modifications for New Cost/Schedule New features = longer schedule to completion or reprioritization of effort underway Formal Past Performance Performance Retrospectives Project Management Product Owner Full scoped out requirements “Just in Time” Requirements in User Stories
  10. 10. SBA CASE STUDY: CERTIFY.SBA.GOV Started 2015 March 2016: WOSB Certification Launched December: First Service Launched August: Team arrives November: Environment Ready June: Contract formalized
  11. 11. CHALLENGE YOURSELF The right contract is one that bridges agency mission to desired outcomes with the right balance between government regulation and flexibility in delivering digital solutions
  12. 12. USDS.GOV Traci Walker, USDS

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