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NEW DATE - January 13th: AGILE Development in Government Training Workshop VI: DevOps – Taking Agility in Government to a New Level:

An Unwrapped Look at How Agencies are Streamlining Both Their Development and Delivery Processes

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

**Online Registrations have closed, on-site registrations will be accepted starting at 7:30am 1/13/16 at the Willard Hotel. Contact info@potomacforum.org with any questions.

 

Keynote Presentation:  
Joshua Seckel, PMP, PMI-ACP, CSM
ICAgile Certified Expert – Agile Coaching
Division Chief
OIT Applied Technology Division
DHS - United States Citizenship & Immigration Services

 

Guest Speakers:

Tina M. Donbeck

Director, System Configuration & Delivery Automation Division

Office of the Chief Information Officer,U.S. Patent & Trademark Office

 

Jaya Kathuria
Chief Architect
Applied Technology Division
Office of Information Technology
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Department of Homeland Security

 

Additional Guest Speakers to be announced shortly.

 

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Meeting Location: 
Willard InterContinental Hotel

Willard Intercontinental Hotel
1401 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W.
Washington 20004
United States

Metro Center (Red, Orange, Blue Lines). Use the exit marked β€œ12th & F Sts” to exit onto F St., then continue straight two blocks and cross 14th St.

Overview: 

 

Many Federal agencies are now utilizing Agile methods such as Scrum to manage their software development efforts. The goal for most of them is to reduce risk and accelerate system delivery to their end users. By using Scrum with the development team they have achieved part of their goal. But major risks and speedbumps still exist after the software is developed. These are encountered during deployment by the operations groups and are normally outside the purview of the development team. The de facto approach to this issue in the private sector is Continuous Delivery and DevOps. That same approach is now being successfully applied to the public sector.

 

AGILE Development in Government Training Workshop VI:  DevOps – Taking Agility in Government to a New Level is designed to provide the attendees with practical insights into DevOps best practices and the latest thinking on Lean principles that include the foundational and holistic level practices of Continuous Delivery, and the more advanced practices of DevOps. In addition, our participating government panelists will share with the attendees how they are adopting DevOps within their agencies, including insights into some of the motivations, challenges, and benefits they have experienced.

 

 

What You Will Learn: 

  • An overview of the foundational, holistic, and advanced level practices of Continuous Delivery and DevOps
  • What are some of the challenges to adopting DevOps that our agency should be aware of
  • We’ve already started down the path to DevOps adoption. What are some of the commercial best practices that we could adopt in our government agency
  • What should we know about selecting and interacting with DevOps partners from industry
  • What kind of training should my government staff be looking at to best manage the government/vendor relationship on my DevOps programs

 

Why You Should Attend: 

  • There are agencies that are eliminating costly mistakes and downtime by successfully adopting Continuous Delivery practices. Come hear how they are doing it.
  • DevOps practices not only take technical expertise, but require deep cultural change. Hear from experts and daily practitioners and listen to their answers to your questions based on real world experience.
  •  You’ve heard about Amazon, Netflix, and Google deploying into production multiple times per day. Learn how they do it and if their approach or a subset of their approach is right for your program.

 

Who Should Attend: 

  • Development and Operations teams facing ongoing challenges to deployment
    CIOs, CTOs, Federal IT experts
  • Contracting officers
  • Acquisition professionals
  • Agencies new to adopting Agile projects
  • Agencies that have already started to adopt Agile practices who want to move to the next level  of agility
  • Program and project managers who need to know how their role may change as their agency begins implementing Agile Project Management techniques
  • Agile teams facing ongoing challenges to adoption
  • Chief Financial Officers and Staff
  • Inspector Generals and Staff

 

Format: 

Format: Presentations and Panel Discussion

Agenda: 

7:30 AM

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30AM

Welcome 
Art Chantker, President, Potomac Forum, Ltd.

8:45AM

DevOps: The Basics – How Should it Really Work? 
David Patton, PhD, Federal Practice Director, CC Pace
9:30AM Keynote Presentation: Can DevOps Work Here?
Joshua Seckel, PMP, PMI-ACP, CSM
ICAgile Certified Expert – Agile Coaching
Division Chief
OIT Applied Technology Division
DHS - United States Citizenship & Immigration Services

10:45AM

Refreshment Break

11:00AM

Government Speaker Presentation:
Jaya Kathuria
Chief Architect
Applied Technology Division
Office of Information Technology
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Department of Homeland Security

12:00PM

Hosted  Working Luncheon
Students will be presented with a discussion topic based upon the morning’s presentation and will be asked to discuss. Each lunch table will select a “leader” who will “report out” after luncheon.

1:00PM

“Report out” of Working Luncheon Discussion Topic

1:15PM

Government Panel: How Are They Making it Work?

 

Moderator: David Patton, PhD, Federal Practice Director, CC Pace

 

Panelists:

Tina M. Donbeck

Director, System Configuration & Delivery Automation Division
Office of the Chief Information Officer,U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
 
Jaya Kathuria
Chief Architect
Applied Technology Division
Office of Information Technology
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Department of Homeland Security

 

Additional panelists to be announced.

2:30PM

Refreshment Break

2:45PM

Presentation: Kanban for DevOps teams

  • Why not just use Scrum
  • Visualizing the work
  • Limiting Work in Process
  • Continuous Improvement

David Patton, PhD, Federal Practice Director,  CC Pace

3:45PM

Presentation: A guide to your DevOps journey

Ashok Komaragiri, Senior Technical Consultant, CC Pace

4:30PM

 

Wrap-up and Q&A

4:45PM

 

Workshop Adjourns

  Post Workshop Discussions with Instructors on Specific Individual Topics

  Agenda Subject to Change

 

Registration Information: 

Government Employees: $995  (Federal, State or Local Government Issued ID)

Early Bird Registration Fee: Now $795 until December 11th

Registration Fee: $895 after December 11th

 

 

Government Team Discount Rate: 

Send a team to learn together. The second registrant (and all subsequent registrants) from the same department receive a $100 discount from the current rate.

 

 

Industry and Contractors: $1095 (Including contractors on-site and in direct support of government agencies)
Early Bird Registration Fee: Now $895 until December 11th

Registration Fee: $995 after December 11th

 

Industry Team Discount Rate: Send a team to learn together. The second registrant (and all subsequent registrants) from the same department receive a $100 discount from the current rate.

 

Includes instruction, presentations, Training Workshop Notebook, and continental breakfasts, morning and afternoon refreshments, and luncheon at the Willard.

 

This Seminar is 100% educational and NOT supported by Advertisers or Sponsors. The information is presented in an independent, non-vendor specific manner.  No advertising, no vendor hype, no sales or marketing. Just useful information.

Keynote Speaker: 

Joshua Seckel, PMP, PMI-ACP, CSM

ICAgile Certified Expert – Agile Coaching
Division Chief
OIT Applied Technology Division
DHS - United States Citizenship & Immigration Services

 

Joshua Seckel is Chief of the Applied Technology Division (ATD) of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Department of Homeland Security. ATD has a prominent role in the ongoing USCIS transformation to Agile and Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery (CI/CD) DevOps through Enterprise Architecture, Quality Assurance, Independent Testing, Agile Coaching, Change Control, and Strategic Vendor Management.

 

Prior to joining USCIS, Mr. Seckel worked as a contractor for IBM, Stanley and Associates, and ManTech to implement and execute Agile programs within various government agencies including the State of Washington, Air Force, Marine Corps and several DHS components. He developed the first Program Accountability and Risk Management (PARM) approved tailoring plan within DHS. Mr. Seckel joined USCIS in 2013 to lead the Processes and Practices group, first under the Systems Engineering Division (SED) and later in ATD. Mr. Seckel is an active participant in the Agile practitioner community and often speaks to government agencies, business groups, and at conferences about the benefits of implementing Agile practices to their bottom lines.

 

Mr. Seckel has a BS in Computer Science, an MBA with a Technology Innovation Management concentration, and is an ICAgile Certified Expert Agile Coach

Guest Speakers: 

Tina M. Donbeck

Director, System Configuration & Delivery Automation Division
Office of the Chief Information Officer,U.S. Patent & Trademark Office

 

Tina has been an IT strategist and innovator for over 14 years in both the private and public sector. Her calling has been turning around failed projects or taking on difficult change initiatives and making them a success. Her recent endeavors have been with automating the development pipeline at her agency while promoting the cultural goodness of DevOps and Continuous Delivery methodologies. She credits her ability to rifle through chaos and despair with her time spent as an active duty Marine and her current role as a Mom to two obnioxsly, rambunctious boys.

 

Tina stood up and led the Enterprise Transformation Branch for the Navy CIO as well has served in various roles as Analyst/Program/Project Manager within DoD and now as a Director at the USPTO.  She is a Certified CIO,PMP, ScrumMaster, and Product Owner who currently is utilizing a ScrumBan approach in her project efforts.

Jaya Kathuria

Chief Architect

Applied Technology Division

Office of Information Technology

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Department of Homeland Security

Instructors: 

David C. Patton, PhD

Federal Practice Director, 

C.C. Pace Systems, Inc.

 

David, as Federal Practice Director, is responsible for delivery of technical services to the Federal government. He personally engages on some projects as a hands-on leader and oversees software development, Agile training, coaching, and DevOps implementations. He assists agencies in their adoption of Agile via presentations, pilot projects, and development contracts. David began working in IT more than 25 years ago and has held the role of developer, system administrator, database administrator, network administrator, and CTO for both small and large enterprises. He is an expert in Agile and DevOps who champions those methodologies for government leaders looking to change the way their agency delivers IT services.  David earned a PhD in computational physics from UAB and is a Certified ScrumMaster, Certified Scrum Developer, Certified Scrum Professional, and SAFe Program Consultant. He is also a member of AFCEA, INSA, and ACT-IAC.

Comments from Students: 

 

Student Evaluation Comments from Previous 

Agile in Government Training Workshops  

 

I was extremely pleased and will consider Potomac Forum for future training needs
Lead Contact Specialist
Independent Agency

 

This workshop was extremely beneficial. I knew very little about the Agile method prior to this workshop and now feel like I can talk about Agile effectively
Investigator
DOJ Agency

 

The overall workshop was excellent. I have a pretty good understanding of Agile and feel that I’m ready to start a small Agile project
IT Systems Division Chief
DOJ  Agency

 

The workshop as excellent and very informative.
Excellent training session

 Branch Chief
Federal Agency

 

Timely topics, engaging & knowledgeable  speakers, good flow, well organized
Business Process Improvement Specialist

Business Process Improvement Specialist
Independent Agency

 

Educational, informative, enjoyable! Exactly what I wanted
Excellent speakers

Sr Project Manager
Large Government Contractor
 

Informative and educational.  Good examples of implementation and/or risks.
Panel  Discussion very beneficial

Sr Projects Officer
Government Agency

 

It was an excellent gathering with experts and we got to benefit from their experience in real projects
IT Specialist
Independent Agency

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