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Applying Agile in the DoD: Twelfth Principle

March 2015 Podcast
Suzanne Miller, Mary Ann Lapham

In this episode, Suzanne Miller and Mary Ann Lapham explore the application of the 12th Agile principle in the Department of Defense.

Now, most DoD organizations are attuned to doing lessons learned at the very end of a project: What did we learn? What worked? What didn’t? What are we going to do different on the next one we are working on? But, we don’t wait in Agile until the very end. We do it to the end of each sprint, each release, each stopping point, if you will. So, the team actually gets involved in this. ”


Software Engineering Institute



In this episode, the 12th and final podcast 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 12th principle: at regular intervals, the team reflects on how to become more effective, then tunes and adjusts its behavior accordingly.

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. In addition to leading the writing of several SEI technical notes on this topic, Lapham 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.