Complimentary Webinar Series
Leveraging Agile for Government Contracts
The Federal Government has fully embraced Agile as an effective software development methodology. The U.S. Digital Services supports the transformation by providing a Digital Services Playbook with one of the key tenets being to build the service using agile and iterative practices. The TechFAR handbook and the GAO Agile Assessment Guide provide best practices for Agile adoption and implementation. This shift ensures mission critical capabilities are delivered rapidly and will enable programs to adapt quickly to changing requirements as technology evolves.
However, many Agencies are behind in adopting acquisition processes and contract s that will allow pure Agile, which becomes a challenge for their contracting partners (“contractors”) to adopt Agile. Contractors are also challenged with planning and scheduling for Agile projects and implementing effective Project Controls and Program Reporting processes. A hybrid project management approach may be necessary to obtain the benefits of Agile methodologies.
March 2nd, 1pm EST - Transitioning to Agile - why and how?
The first webinar in the series provides a foundational understanding of Agile methodologies, reviews the benefits of Agile, discusses the differences from traditional development methodologies, and reviews how to implement Agile for non-agile government contracts.
Sachin Mathur, PMP, CSM.
Sachin Mathur has 20+ years of project management and software development expertise. Sachin is a practicing professional and the President of Vytal Solutions, Inc.
Sachin started leading technical teams in various industries and settings in partnership with public and private sector clients, such as CMS, NIH, NASA, US Navy, Boeing, Medtronic, and more.
He prefers to utilize a mix of traditional and agile management frameworks in a practical setting. Sachin considers the practicalities of the organization’s culture and the project environment. His clients have seen results such as a 50%+ reduction in decision-making time, a 25%+ productivity improvement, and additional government investment for contract expansion.
Tim Scott, Agile Professional certified as a Scrum Master and a Product Owner
Tim Scott has 25 years of experience in the software industry with a concerted focus in Agile implementations during the last 10 years. Tim serves Vytal Solutions, Inc as a Scrum Master coach and agile specialist.
Tim started his IT career as a software developer and has progressed through multiple roles including quality assurance manager, java instructor, database architect, and IT manager. Tim became an agile proponent upon seeing the benefits agile reaped upon organizations where he was involved in software development.
During the last several years, he has focused on helping organizations implement agile methodologies in active development production environments, guiding them through real day-to-day activities into an agile process that works for their environment. Tim has worked for clients such as Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, NASA, and the Department of Defense.
April 12th, 1pm EST - Agile Planning and Project Management
The second webinar in the series will review Agile planning processes and artifacts. We will introduce and discuss the cadence beginning with developing the product roadmap, backlog, release, and sprint planning. We will also review tools which will support these processes and effective project management.
May 4th, 1pm EST - Project Controls for Agile Projects
The last webinar in the series will review Agile methodologies for measuring and monitoring performance. We will also discuss how these metrics may be combined with traditional best practices for Project Controls which will enable government program management and reporting.