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Applying Agile in the DoD: Tenth Principle

February 2015 Podcast
Suzanne Miller, Mary Ann Lapham

In this podcast, part of an ongoing series, Mary Ann Lapham and Suzanne Miller discuss the application of the tenth Agile principle: Simplicity—the art of maximizing the amount of work done done—is essential.

“I want to talk about some examples that we have seen of enacting this idea of simplicity. One of the most successful programs that we have worked with in the Air Force has been through two complete re-architectings of their system in the last 10 years…When we talked to them about what their goals were for those re-architectings, one of the goals was always Make it simpler.”


Software Engineering Institute



In this episode, the tenth in a series by Suzanne Miller and Mary Ann Lapham exploring the application of Agile principles in the Department of Defense, the two researchers discuss the application of the tenth principle: Simplicity—the art of maximizing the amount of work not done—is essential.

About the Speaker

Suzanne Miller

Suzanne Miller’s research focuses on synthesizing effective technology transition and management practices from research and industry into effective techniques for use of Agile and Lean methods in regulated settings like the DoD.

Mary Ann Lapham

Mary Ann Lapham is the technical lead of the SEI’s research on Agile methods within Department of Defense acquisition settings. Lapham has served as lead author for several SEI technical notes on this topic and is also active in consulting with military service clients of the SEI’s Software Solutions Division on the use of Agile methods within their programs. She has more than 30 years of program management and software development experience in commercial and government contexts.