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Update 2016: Considerations for Using Agile in DoD Acquisition

  • 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.

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SEI

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, Carnegie Mellon University. 2016. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=484649

IEEE

Miller. Suzanne, Ward. Dan, Lapham. Mary Ann, Williams. Ray, Hammons. Charles (Bud), Burton. Daniel, and Schenker. Alfred, "Update 2016: Considerations for Using Agile in DoD Acquisition," Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Technical Note CMU/SEI-2016-TN-001, 2016. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=484649

APA

Miller, Suzanne., Ward, Dan., Lapham, Mary Ann., Williams, Ray., Hammons, Charles (Bud)., Burton, Daniel., & Schenker, Alfred. (2016). Update 2016: Considerations for Using Agile in DoD Acquisition (CMU/SEI-2016-TN-001). Retrieved August 23, 2017, from the Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University website: http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=484649

CHI

Suzanne Miller, Dan Ward, Mary Ann Lapham, Ray Williams, Charles (Bud) Hammons, Daniel Burton, & Alfred Schenker. Update 2016: Considerations for Using Agile in DoD Acquisition (CMU/SEI-2016-TN-001). Pittsburgh, PA: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 2016. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=484649

MLA

Miller, Suzanne., Ward, Dan., Lapham, Mary Ann., Williams, Ray., Hammons, Charles (Bud)., Burton, Daniel., & Schenker, Alfred. 2016. Update 2016: Considerations for Using Agile in DoD Acquisition (Technical Report CMU/SEI-2016-TN-001). Pittsburgh: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=484649

BibTex

@techreport{MillerUpdate20162016,
title={Update 2016: Considerations for Using Agile in DoD Acquisition},
author={Suzanne Miller and Dan Ward and Mary Ann Lapham and Ray Williams and Charles (Bud) Hammons and Daniel Burton and Alfred Schenker},
year={2016},
number={CMU/SEI-2016-TN-001},
institution={Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University},
address={Pittsburgh, PA},
url={http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=484649} }