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Comment by Paul Boos on May 10, 2013 at 7:56am

GLASScon II: The Second Iteration of the Government Lean-Agile Software Systems Conference

For Government folks interested in a low cost conference to learn more about Agile and Lean, please consider attending GLASScon, the Government Lean-Agile Software & Systems Conference, 4-5 June 2013 at the Navy League Building (at Courthouse Metro).  The cost to attend is $30/day or $45 for both days.  We have some great speakers including Luke Hohmann, Richard Cheng, Dr. Ahmed Sidky, Jon Terry, Sanjiv Augustine, Brandon Raines, and Jim York to name just a few.  You can find details at and follow @GLASScon4gov on Twitter for the latest updates.  Be sure to also check out the Innovation Games workshop on 3 June (see the Workshops page).

We encourage you to bring an contracts specialist/officer as well! (See the Open Letter to these folks on the site...)

At this cost, you really won't get a better deal...


Comment by Ken Mills on February 28, 2013 at 10:43am

If you are interested in a great Agile community and educational event, AgilePalooza is coming to the Washington, DC area on Wednesday, March 20th. 

Sanjiv Augustine from LitheSpeed will deliver the opening keynote address: The Timelessness of Lean Management. 

There will also be many great presentations like Measuring Agile Adoption, Building Agile Teams, and Story Mapping from thought leaders Damon Poole, Arlen Bankston, Russ Fletcher, Dennis Stevens, and Brian Watson during this day of Agile learning and collaboration. 

The day will conclude with an insightful, interactive Q & A panel with the experts.  I personally look forward to the collaboration of like-minded Agilists  focused on ensuring the success of their projects. 

Use this discount code to get an additional $20 off the list price of $109: VOneSave20 


If you have any questions or want additional information, please let me know, I'm happy to help. 

Best Regards,

Ken Mills 
VersionOne Federal Account Director
(571) 221-0373


Comment by Paul Boos on December 5, 2012 at 1:18pm

Thanks for the post Steve.  BTW, some of the challenges discussed from the GAO audit have been discussions at the Federal Lean-Agile Group (FLAG) and the Inter-Agency SDLC Seminars.  

My 2 cents on the challenges:

- Contracting: Don't do a contract for a single project; or even if it is a single project/program, chunk it up and handle it via a single award BPA with incentives and task orders.  Look for past performance and a contract approach akin to the way the Empire State Building was awarded. read Leading Lean Software Development by the Poppendieck's if you don't know this story.

- Auditing needs to move more towards assessments.  Look for common characteristics "compliance" and not process compliance which is what most audits do.  The approach to take here is the characteristics Alistair Cockburn describes in his Crystal suite (particular Crystal Clear); also see Becoming Agile by Smith & Sidky.

- Traditional artifact and status reviews are under control of the individual agencies; if they aren't working, change them.  If they are working, keep them.  Allow each project to determine what works and doesn't work for themselves. Determine this via Retrospectives and the follow-up actions from them.

I have one nit-pick: I hate the term "Best Practices"; I think most of the signatories of the Manifesto would probably hate it as well as the Manifesto starts with "We are uncovering better ways of developing
software by doing it and helping others do it." So even they recognize new practices, techniques and perhaps even the values and principles may evolve.

Comment by Steve Cottle on December 5, 2012 at 12:51pm

GovLoop just released its new report on government tech trends in 2012. See how agile fits in here:

Comment by Steve Cottle on November 7, 2012 at 10:46am

Steve shares 7 tips for scaling up Agile:

Comment by Rowena Figueroa on October 17, 2012 at 1:14pm

Is your contract as agile as your project?

As agencies embrace agile or modular development project and acquisition professionals must collaborate more effectively than ever before.

For your collaboration to yield the right results, you need to understand how modular or agile contracting works—in particular, what contracting approaches will set your project on the path to success.

Find out what works by joining contracting expert Linda Rodden's Webinar titled "Modular Contracting -- Procuring the Agile Way." A former Contracting Officer at GSA and the Department of Energy, Linda will share insights on what works to deliver your projects successfully, raise the performance of your project's contracts and sidestep the risks of taking what will likely be non-traditional approaches.

Register now and earn a PDU by participating!


Date: Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Time: 2 p.m. Eastern

Duration: 1 hour


Comment by Steve Cottle on October 17, 2012 at 10:04am

Josh talks Agile project management with teams in silos:

Comment by GovLoop on September 18, 2012 at 9:50am

Interesting post by David on Agile Document Development -

Comment by Ken Mills on July 24, 2012 at 8:25am

On 31 July 2012 at 1145, VersionOne Product Specialist Mark Kovacevich will be providing a presentation on Managing Agile Projects, and tools and techniques that help Government organizations succeed with Agile. There is more information on the event here andhere.

The main topics will include an introduction of myself and VersionOne, an overview of the Agile Process and Agile in Government, and how tooling can help Government agencies be successful implementing Agile. 

VersionOne is one of those Agile Project Management tools. The presentation will cover how VersionOne can provide visibility across the Agile process, facilitate project planning, and assist in monitoring and reporting on progress. There will be examples of Federal Agencies that have had success with Agile and VersionOne. 

Hope you can make it!

Comment by Steve Cottle on June 22, 2012 at 12:17pm

Federal CIO VanRoekel Wants to Move Government IT Projects Toward Agile:


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