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Monday, July 25 • 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Agile Acquisition not Acquisition for Agile (Joshua Seckel) Popular

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Often, we will use the phrase agile acquisition when we really mean acquisition for agile. Both agile acquisition and acquisition for agile are necessary to deliver efficiently across government organizations. The processes within the federal government for doing acquisition means that we may spend a year or more to award a contract for work to begin. This creates a significant delay is beginning projects or programs that impedes the speed of delivery. Instead, we need to move toward a true agile acquisition process where we change how we execute acquisition so that we can begin delivery in much faster fashion.
This workshop will examine how to change our acquisition processes to become more agile and able to support the delivery of IT services in a much faster manner. We will look at both successes and failures in acquisition and determine what changes need to be made in order to meet the quickly changing needs of government. Both contractor and employee viewpoints will be considered and discussed. We will look specifically at ways that government is trying to make these changes in the DHS Procurement Innovation Lab, the Office of Federal Procurement Agile training, as well as others and how those activities may play into your organization and procurement activities.
Learning Outcomes:
  • What is the current process for federal acquisition and what experiments are happening to make that process more agile
  • What additional changes need to happen in contracting to deliver in a more agile fashion and create more responsiveness in government
  • How the current process may hinder actually being able to deliver in an agile fashion
  • Specific changes to be made to the procurement process to adopt more agile delivery and to better support agile execution

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Joshua Seckel

Chief of Applied Technology Division, USCIS
I lead the Applied Technology Division at US Citizenship and Immigration Services. That division includes architecture, independent test, quality assurance, change and release management, strategic vendor management, and agile coaches helping to transform USCIS to deliver better value to business faster.

Monday July 25, 2016 2:00pm - 3:15pm

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