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Scaling Agile Methods for Department of Defense Programs

December 2016 Technical Note
Will Hayes, Mary Ann Lapham, Suzanne Miller, Eileen Wrubel, Peter Capell

This report discusses methods for scaling Agile processes to larger software development programs in the Department of Defense.


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Most introductory discussions of Agile software development have focused on team management concepts and the implications of the Agile Manifesto for a single, small team. The focus now includes scaling these concepts for a variety of applications. The context in which Agile methods are employed drives important choices for how the work is done. Published frameworks and commercial training available in the market offer a variety of solutions for scaling Agile. This report addresses what is meant by scaling, contextual drivers for implementation choices, and the frameworks available for use today.