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Contracting for Agile Software Development in the Department of Defense: An Introduction

  • August 2015
  • By Eileen Wrubel, Jon Gross
  • This technical note addresses effective contracting for Agile software development and offers a primer on Agile based on a contracting officer's goals.
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  • Publisher: Software Engineering Institute
    CMU/SEI Report Number: CMU/SEI-2015-TN-006
  • Abstract

    This technical note (TN), part of an ongoing Software Engineering Institute (SEI) series on Agile in the Department of Defense (DoD), addresses effective contracting for Agile software development. Contracting officers do not receive career field education targeted at achieving successful outcomes with Agile software development methods. For the purposes of this TN, the SEI gathered data from program office team members, contractors, and contracting officers about the state of contracting activities involving Agile development. The authors conducted a series of interviews and mined past interviews and survey data on Agile software development to understand common questions and concerns and provide some real-world examples to address them. This TN offers a primer on Agile based on a contracting officer's goals, describes how program office teams need to support contracting efforts, and addresses common concerns about Agile and how those concerns can be mitigated in the contracting process. 

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SEI

Wrubel, Eileen; & Gross, Jon. Contracting for Agile Software Development in the Department of Defense: An Introduction. CMU/SEI-2015-TN-006. Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University. 2015. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=442499

IEEE

Wrubel. Eileen, and Gross. Jon, "Contracting for Agile Software Development in the Department of Defense: An Introduction," Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Technical Note CMU/SEI-2015-TN-006, 2015. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=442499

APA

Wrubel, Eileen., & Gross, Jon. (2015). Contracting for Agile Software Development in the Department of Defense: An Introduction (CMU/SEI-2015-TN-006). Retrieved September 22, 2017, from the Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University website: http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=442499

CHI

Eileen Wrubel, & Jon Gross. Contracting for Agile Software Development in the Department of Defense: An Introduction (CMU/SEI-2015-TN-006). Pittsburgh, PA: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 2015. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=442499

MLA

Wrubel, Eileen., & Gross, Jon. 2015. Contracting for Agile Software Development in the Department of Defense: An Introduction (Technical Report CMU/SEI-2015-TN-006). Pittsburgh: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=442499

BibTex

@techreport{WrubelContractingfor2015,
title={Contracting for Agile Software Development in the Department of Defense: An Introduction},
author={Eileen Wrubel and Jon Gross},
year={2015},
number={CMU/SEI-2015-TN-006},
institution={Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University},
address={Pittsburgh, PA},
url={http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=442499} }