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Agile Methods in Air Force Sustainment: Status and Outlook

October 2014 Technical Note
Colleen Regan, Mary Ann Lapham, Eileen Wrubel, Stephen Beck, Michael S. Bandor

This paper examines using Agile techniques in the software sustainment arena—specifically Air Force programs. The intended audience is the staff of DoD programs and related personnel who intend to use Agile methods during software sustainment.

Publisher:

Software Engineering Institute

CMU/SEI Report Number

CMU/SEI-2014-TN-009

Abstract

This paper examines using Agile techniques in the software sustainment arena—specifically Air Force programs. The Software Engineering Institute has researched the viability of Agile software development methods within Department of Defense programs and barriers to the adoption of those methods for several years. How software sustainers leverage Agile methods and avoid barriers to using Agile methods are addressed in this paper. In addition, the potential use of a construct called DevOps, a blending of development and operations, is discussed.