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Agile Development in Government Training Workshop VIII: Agile Real World Experiences - How Will the Transition Affect Our Agency and My Role?

Agile is a reality and a major development methodology. Knowing how to mitigate risk during Agile adoption and transformation while ensuring job security at the individual level as roles change, will be vital elements for success in this new environment. This workshop will address those key issues.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

On site registration will be available at the Willard. Online registration is now closed.

Keynote Speaker


William (Bill) Pratt

Director, IT Standards

OCIO, Directorate of Management



Guest Speakers



Robert (Bob) Maslyn

Integrated Award Environment (IAE)



Veretta (Tia) Norman

Agile Program Manager

OCIO, Enterprise Business Management Office, IT Standards



Jonathan Mostowski

U.S. Digital Service

The White House and Pentagon


Daniel Levenson

Digital Service Contacting Adviser

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)



Tuesday, May 9, 2017

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 “12th & F Sts” to exit onto F St., then continue straight two blocks and cross 14th St.


Agile software development and delivery is gaining much more staying power in a growing number of Federal agencies than anyone expected even a few years ago. It really appears that it’s here to stay for the long run.  As agencies move forward in their adoption of the kind of business agility we have seen in the private sector there are still concerns about the effect that such changes will have in the agency’s quality controls and risk mitigation as well as the changes in individual roles for program and project managers, contracting officers, acquisition professionals, and others.     


Lean Thinking concepts and DevOps principles have led to faster cycle times and increased efficiencies in delivery.  However, many agencies are still trying to get a handle on the acquisition and contracting challenges unique to Federal procurement of these Agile digital services.  Then there’s the question of the government’s role in the oversight of Agile delivery.  How will the Product Owner successfully ensure that the government’s business needs are really being met through the development cycle? What insight into Agile delivery approaches will the Contract Officer and the Contract Officer’s Representative need, in order to best manage the entire engagement process with their vendors?  This workshop will provide answers to many of these key concerns.     


Agile Development in Government Training Workshop VIII: Agile Real World Experiences – How Will the Transition Affect Our Agency and My Role? is designed to provide attendees with practical suggestions from other government agencies to address the kinds of challenges to prepare for based on their own experiences with Agile transition approaches that have worked for them.  The afternoon government panel will also share their insights on lessons learned based on their real-world experiences as they navigated through Agile transformation within their agencies.

What You Will Learn: 

  • What near-term changes at the agency level should we be prepared for?
  • How will my role and responsibilities change, and how can I best prepare myself?
  • How can we ensure that our contracting for Agile Digital Services is not in conflict with the FAR?
  • What are some innovative contracting initiatives that are already working for government?
  • We’ve already started down the path of Agile 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 Agile partners from industry?
  • What kind of training should my government staff be looking at to best manage the government/vendor relationship on my Agile projects?
Why You Should Attend: 

  • As more and more government agencies move to adopt Lean and Agile practices, there must be assurance that they are keeping within the regulatory boundaries unique to the Federal government.  Many agencies are already doing this very successfully.  This workshop will show you how they are navigating these challenges.
  • There are agencies that are eliminating costly mistakes and downtime by successfully adopting Lean and Agile practices. Come and hear their experiences and lessons learned.
  • Agile practices not only take technical expertise, but require deep cultural change. Hear from experts and daily practitioners about the importance of managing these cultural challenges and how they are successfully driving cultural change based on their real world experiences.
Who Should Attend: 

  • CIOs, CTOs, Federal IT experts
  • Contracting and Acquisition professionals who are or will soon be supporting Agile adoption at their agencies
  • Project and program managers who want to better understand their role in an Agile environment
  • 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
  • Development and Operations teams facing ongoing challenges to deployment

Presentations and panel discussion.



7:30 AM

Registration and Continental Breakfast


Art Chantker, President, Potomac Forum


Presentation:  Laying the Right Foundation for Agility Within Your Agency

The Agile Mindset - Not Just Tools and Practices

Philippa Fewell, VP, CC Pace


Keynote Presentation: Moving Agile to the Enterprise Level - The DHS Agile Guidebook and DHS Center of Excellence

William (Bill) Pratt, Director, IT Standards, Directorate of Management, DHS, OCIO


Refreshment Break


Agile and the OMB Perspective

Jonathan Mostowski, Member of the Defense Digital Service Team, The White House and Pentagon

12:00 PM

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


“Report out” of Working Luncheon Discussion Topic




Panel: How Are They Making it Work?

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


Federal panel:

- William “Bill” Pratt, Director IT Standards DHS Directorate for Management, OCIO 

- Veretta “Tia” Norman, Agile Program Manager Enterprise Business Management Office, IT Standards, OCIO, DHS  

- Robert “Bob” Maslyn, Coordinator, Agile Team, Integrated Award Environment Program, GSA

- Jonathan Mostowski,  Member of the Defense Digital Service Team, The White House and Pentagon

- Daniel Levenson, Digital Service Contracting Adviser, CMS



Refreshment Break


And What About My Role? Lessons Learned from the Field

Philippa Fewell, VP, CC Pace


Wrap-up: Keeping Pace with Emerging Concepts in Agile Acquisition and Delivery

David Patton, Government Practice Director, CC Pace


Workshop Adjourns


Post Workshop Discussions with Instructors on Specific Individual Topics



** Agenda subject to change. **

Registration Information: 


*** Super Early Bird Special for Government: Register by April 15 and pay just $595. ***

Register Now!



  Early Bird Registration Fee AFTER April 21
Government Employees:
(Federal, State or Local Government Issued ID)

 $ $695 

In effect April 16-21

Special Reduced Rates in Support of Government Budget Reductions

 $ Now $895
Team Rate for both Government and Industry: Send a government team to learn together. Register two government employees from the same office at the same time and the third person receives $100 off the current government rate. Team rate applies to every tiered registration fee.
Industry and Contractors:
(Including contractors on-site and in direct support of government agencies).
 $ $895  $ Now $995

Registration Includes: Presentations, Workshop Notebook, Continental Breakfast, All Day Refreshments and Hosted Luncheon

Guest Speakers: 

Philippa Fewell

Vice President, Enterprise Solutions


As Vice President of CC Pace’s Enterprise Solutions Group, Philippa has practiced Agile Methods with development teams for the last 13 years. Philippa has coached dozens of Agile project teams to success and led the development of CC Pace’s nationally recognized Agile Training curriculum. She has trained thousands of individuals on the Agile Methodology and works continuously with Agile Industry Leaders sharing ideas and thoughts on improving agile training and adoption practices.

William Pratt

Director, IT Standards & Program Support

U.S. Department of Homeland Security


Bill is the Director of IT Standards & Program Support in the CIO’s Enterprise Business Management Office at DHS.  He leads the DHS IT Systems Engineering Life Cycle (SELC), Agile, and IT Program Management Centers of Excellence.  Bill and his team are coordinating the adoption of Agile and Incremental software development as the preferred process at DHS.


Recent metrics indicate that 87 percent of major DHS software development programs are delivering new releases in six months or less.  Bill led efforts to create the DHS Agile Development Guidebook, which was awarded the 2015 AFFIRM Award for Leadership in Best Practices Implementation.


Bill also was the ICE Section 508 Coordinator, for which he was named the DHS Section 508 Coordinator of the Year in 2013.  Bill has more than 30 years of experience in IT development, supporting the federal government, private industry, and the DoD. He holds certifications as a PMP, Certified ScrumMaster, and in ITIL Foundations.

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.

Tia Norman

PMP, PMI-ACP, ICP-Agile Coach, DHS PM Level III

Branch Chief – Agile Maturity & Governance

Office of the Chief Technology Officer - Strategic Technology Management

Office of the Chief Information Officer

U.S. Department of Homeland Security



Tia Norman serves as the Agile Program Manager at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Headquarters, Office of the Chief Information Officer, Enterprise Business Management Office (EBMO).  Ms. Norman is instrumental in executing the adoption of Agile and Incremental software development as the preferred methodology at DHS and its goal to achieve Agile mastery across all DHS Components through outreach and education.


Ms. Norman, an Agile practitioner since 2012, is responsible for the DHS Agile Center of Excellence (COE), Agile outreach, Agile coaching, and Agile governance.  Her duties include conducting extensive outreach efforts to increase the understanding and benefits of Agile software development, Systems Engineering Life Cycle (SELC) Framework, and Agile adoption across DHS.  Ms. Norman has been integral in developing a number of Agile training programs, governance, Agile information sharing sessions, and Agile tools including: DHS Agile Guidebook, Agile COE website, Agile Toolkit, DHS Agile Instruction, DHS Agile Community of Interest Forum, Annual DHS Agile Expo, and Agile best practices.


She has a Master of Science degree in Project Management from the George Washington University, is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), Agile Certified Practitioner (ACP), and certified Level III DHS Acquisition Professional Program Manager.

Robert (Bob) Maslyn

Coordinator, Agile Team, Integrated Award Environment Program


Bob has worked both the business side and the IT side of the GSA Integrated Award Environment Program for the past decade. The Program has evolved from using traditional waterfall project management practices since its inception in 2002 to adopting Agile practices beginning in 2014. Bob has certifications as a Product Owner, Scrum Master, SAFe Agilist, and PMP. He coordinates the IAE Agile Coaches and Release Train Engineer team which oversees 14 Agile teams.

Jonathan Mostowski

Executive Office of the President

U.S. Digital Service, Defense Digital Service

A former Contracting Officer of 13 Years at NGA, Jonathan is an Acquisition Strategist & Bureaucracy Hacker working to improve the acquisition of technology across the Federal Government. He helped draft the TechFar Handbook and built the techfarhub website which provides resources for procuring agile development services. 

Daniel Levenson

Digital Service Contacting Adviser

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)


Dan Levenson is the Digital Service Contracting Adviser and a Contracting Officer at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Dan was a leading member of the pilot Digital IT Acquisition Professional Training (DITAP) in 2015 and holds a Digital Service Specialization in Contracting. Dan has been with CMS since 2010, and holds a B.S. in Logistics and Supply Chain Management from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, College Park.


As the CMS Digital Service Contracting Adviser, Dan champions Agile transformation throughout the Agency, acting as a liaison to other departments and to the vendor community, and introducing innovative processes, structures, and procurement approaches to reduce impediments to Agile deliveries. Dan played a vital role in the development and award of CMS’s successful ADELE (Agile Delivery to Execute Legislative Endeavors) BPA, which is designed to facilitate rapid procurement of agile delivery services. As a Contracting Officer, he is passionate about reducing procurement timelines, and has made multiple contract awards in less than one month (from release of the RFQ), while receiving working software prototypes from vendors as a critical portion of the evaluation criteria.


Dan was named to the 2017 FedHealthIT100 as one of the most influential individuals in driving change and advancement in the Federal Health Information Technology Market. He was recognized as “one of the pioneers in this new agile way of contracting by breaking down the barriers of the traditional way of procuring IT services.”

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