A Practical Training Workshop on Implementing and Managing Agile Methodologies & How They Can be Effectively Used in Government
Government and Industry Invited
Robert D. Brown
EID Division Chief
Cloud Solutions Developer
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
William "Bill" Pratt, Director of Strategic Technology Management, Office of the Chief Technology Officer/CIO
Department of Homeland Security
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
Robert (Bob) Maslyn (invited), Coordinator, Agile Team, Integrated Award Environment Program, GSA
Melissa Cohen, Division of IT Investment Management & Policy (DIIMP), IT Capital Planning Group (ICPG), Office of Information Technology (OIT), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
Simmons Lough (invited), Software Architect, Office of Finance Management Systems, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
Bob Payne, Senior Vice President of Transformation and Coaching, Lithespeed
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Government agencies face challenging conditions which can best be successfully steered through by strong leadership and methods that allow for rapid reaction to information and changing requirements. Increasingly, agencies are choosing Agile methods to allow them to react more rapidly and effectively. Many Agencies are progressing from utilization of basic Scrum on one or two programs to rolling out large programs combining Agile scaling techniques, Scrum, Cloud and DevSecOps initiatives. Agencies are also changing their approach to procurement and changing governance of those programs to better utilize Agile delivery.
As Agile methods evolve from small IT teams to an agency standard, an Agile approach needs to take hold across silos and among programs and departments. Agency agility thus extends Agile beyond IT to other agency functions such as policy, procurement, human capital, operations and most importantly, to the executive suite.
- Overview of Agile in government
- Focusing on delivering agency outcomes using Lean and Agile techniques
- Survey of tools and techniques used in moving from small teams to large programs with techniques such as:
o Scrum @ Scale
o Agile Portfolio Management
o Agile Roadmapping
o Program Increment Planning
- Modern IT solutions utilizing DevSecOps, Agile engineering and Cloud solutions for delivering fast and with good quality
- Procuring and governing Agile programs and managing Agile Contracts
- How to use metrics for improving outcomes and managing risk
- Governance Models for Agile Projects
Because traditional means of management such as annual goals and funding, silo-based org structures, and traditional governance models are simply too slow and cumbersome to effectively meet agency objectives in a rapidly changing world. The Presidents Management Agenda (PMA) focuses on a more efficient government and Agile is a recognized tool to help to meet Agency Goals.
This Potomac Forum Workshop will provide attendees with the insight, tools and techniques to more effectively implement Agile in their agency. You will learn from industry experts and you will hear from other government agencies about how they are moving along this path, and the challenges you can expect to encounter.
- CIOs, CTOs, Federal IT Executives, Managers and Staff
- 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
- Agency managers and staff new to adopting Agile projects
- Agency managers and staff who have already started to adopt Agile practices and want to move to the next level of agility
- Development and Operations teams facing ongoing challenges to deployment
- Inspector Generals (IGs) and Staff
- Agency Executives, Managers and Staff who are using Agile or will be using Agile and want to learn more… practical information not theory
- Industry Partners who are supporting government agencies
Agenda Subject to Change
|Early Bird Registration Fee||Registering after February 28.|
(Federal, State or Local Government Issued ID)
Special Reduced Rates in Support of Government Budget Reductions
|Team Rate for Government: Send a government team to learn together. Register two government employees from the same office at the same time and the third person registers at 50% of the current government rate.|
Industry and Contractors:
(Including contractors on-site and in direct support of government agencies).
Registration Includes: Presentations, Workshop Notebook, Continental Breakfast, All Day Refreshments and Hosted Luncheon
EID Division Chief, Cloud Solutions Developer
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
Bob is the Cloud Solutions Developer/EID Division Chief with USCIS
He has with 18 years of experience providing technical, managerial and business development solutions to the IT industry.
Robert has a thorough understanding of IT and business, leading to successful experiences in completing large scale IT deployments from the initial corporate IT strategy and vision to design, build and maintenance. He also has expertise in auditing, directing and managing corporate IT strategies for small to large sized commercial businesses. Additionally, Robert has a strong background in health care, scientific research and biomedical industries.
Robert holds a MS in Bioinformatics from George Mason University and a BS in Microbio/BioChem from Virginia Tech. He holds certifications from (ISC)2, Sourcefire, Fonality and Juniper. Prior to joining DHS USCIS Robert worked for Booz Allen Hamilton, Information Innovators, QSSI, V2 Systems, Ronin Tech Solutions, Clearant, Inc. and the American Red Cross.
Professional Certifications: CISSP, ITIL, CSM, JNCIA-FW, FtOCC
Director of Strategic Technology Management
Office of the Chief Technology Officer/CIO
Department of Homeland Security
At the Department of Homeland Security, Bill leads IT Acquisition and Engineering Governance, Program Health Assessment, Program Support, and Digital Transformation at DHS via the Agile and IT Program Management Centers of Excellence. Bill and his team coordinated the adoption of Agile and Incremental software development as the preferred process at DHS. They achieved a 100 percent agile adoption rate for software development projects supporting major DHS investments and an A rating on the FITARA scorecard. The team is now working with partner offices to streamline the entire IT acquisition lifecycle at DHS using lean and agile techniques. Bill led efforts to create the DHS Agile Development Guidebook, which was awarded the 2015 AFFIRM Award for Leadership in Best Practices Implementation. Prior to his current role, Bill served as the Director of IT Standards and Program Support in the DHS Business Management Office. Previously, he was the Section Chief for IT Policy and Planning at Immigration and Customs Enforcement. 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 35 years of experience in IT development, supporting the federal government, private industry, and the DoD. Former roles included test specialist, development team lead, systems analyst, and deputy department head. Clients included Immigration and Naturalization Services (INS), Freddie Mac, MCI, AT&T, and US Navy/Joint Services telecommunications commands. He holds certifications as a PMP, Certified Scrum Master and Product Owner, SAFe Agilist, and in ITIL Foundations.
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.
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.
Division of IT Investment Management & Policy (DIIMP)
IT Capital Planning Group (ICPG)
Office of Information Technology (OIT)
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
Melissa Cohen is a transformative agile leader with both a technical and IT Governance Modernization background. She currently leads the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Enterprise Agile Transformation Initiative. As the Chair of CMS’s Center for Enterprise Agility, she champions delivering value to customers and increasing Agile adoption across the federal space. Melissa is a driving force in breaking down barriers, changing organizational culture, and instilling an Agile mindset. Under Melissa’s stewardship, CMS leverages a growing number of resources dedicated to successfully training teams in Agile principles, transitioning key projects to Agile practices, and re-working the Agency’s SDLC to accommodate Agile.
Office of Finance Management Systems
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
Simmons Lough is a software architect committed to transforming the way the federal government builds, maintains, and delivers software solutions. He earned his stripes during the start-up movement of the early 2000s. During that time, his lean teams lacked the resources to hire specialists, so they worked together to produce high quality code with speed and accuracy. The secret to their success: collaboration, automation, and data. In other words, DevOps.
At the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Simmons is now helping the Office of Finance Management Systems move towards a similar culture of speedy and collaborative development. The USPTO exists to “promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts.[i]” DevOps culture is the perfect blend of progressive science and useful art, making the USPTO a fitting agency for a DevOps pilot.
Simmons’ core project at the USPTO, Fee Processing Next Generation (FPNG), collects all of the 3+ billion dollars in annual revenue that keeps the agency running. In partnership with the OCIO, the FPNG team is embracing DevOps as a key component of its IT modernization approach. The scope is focused, but powerful, and demonstrates how the federal government can give Silicon Valley a run for its money. FPNG offers a template that other federal agencies can use to improve and transform their software development processes.
Senior Vice President of Transformation and Coaching, Lithespeed
Bob Payne is an early adopter of Extreme Programming and Scrum. He has worked exclusively as an industry leading Lean+Agile Transformation leader since 1999, helping individuals and organizations achieve results with Agile methods. He has worked in small startups, fortune 100 organizations and government with teams, programs and executives. He is the SVP of Enterprise Transformation at LitheSpeed.
Bob was one of the earliest Certfied Scrum Trainers (CSTs) receiving his CST certification directly from Ken Schwaber. As a thought leader in Agile he is the host of the Agile Toolkit Podcast, founder of Agile Philanthropy, Chair of the Agile DC conference, organizer and speaker at national and international conferences. With nearly 20 years of practical hands-on Agile experience, Bob has served as a trusted advisor to executives, teams and management at leading firms, including United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, The IRS, Nike, Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, National Geographic, Nationwide Insurance, Royal Bank of Canada, Samsung, and Walmart.
This practical experience shines through in the classes he teaches.
Confirmed registrations who cancel within 3 business days of the program will be subject to a $250 cancellation fee. Registrations cancelled after the program starts are subject to the full registration fee. Substitutions can be made at any time. In the event a particular training workshop is cancelled, the liability of Potomac Forum, Ltd is limited to refund of any prepaid registration fee.