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Applying Agile in the DoD: Second Principle

June 2013 Podcast
Mary Ann Lapham, Suzanne Miller

In this episode, SEI researchers discuss the application of the second Agile rinciple, “Welcome changing requirements, even late in development.

“One of the key things, if you're going to use Agile methods, is have enough definition up front of what you want to do, but not so much detail that you can't learn, that it can't change, because your environment changed.”


Software Engineering Institute



In this episode, the second in a series by Suzanne Miller and Mary Ann Lapham exploring the application of agile principles in the Department of Defense (DoD), the two researchers discuss the application of the second principle, "Welcome changing requirements, even late in development. Agile processes harness change for the customer's competitive advantage."

About the Speaker

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 authoring of several SEI technical notes on this topic, Lapham is also active in consulting with military service clients of the SEI's Acquisition Support Program 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.

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.