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Agile In Government Training Workshop XI

A Practical Training Workshop on Implementing and Managing Agile Methodologies & How They Can be Effectively Used in Government

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Keynote: 

William "Bill" Pratt, Director of Strategic Technology Management, Office of the Chief Technology Officer/CIO

Department of Homeland Security

 

 

Speakers:

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
 

Bob Maslyn

Integrated Award Environment Program (beta.SAM.gov)

US General Services Administration

(Pending Agency Approval)

 

Ankur Saini

Senior IT Applications Project Specialist 

Office of Public Buildings Information Technology Services

U.S. General Services Administration (GSA)

 

Edward Dowgiallo

Senior Technical Advisor 

Federal Transit Administration 

Department of Transportation

 

David Fogel

Professor of Information Technology 

Defense Acquisition University 

 

Bob Payne

Senior Vice President of Transformation and Coaching

Lithespeed

 

(additional speakers awaiting confirmation)

 

 

Thursday, August 15, 2019

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.

Overview: 

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.

 

What You Will Learn: 

  • Overview of Agile in government
  • Focusing on delivering agency outcomes using Lean and Agile technique
  • Survey of tools and techniques used in moving from small teams to large programs with techniques such as:
    • Scrum @ Scale
      • SAFe
      • Agile Portfolio Management
      • Agile Roadmapping
      • 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 

 

Why You Should Attend: 

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.    

 

Who Should Attend: 

  • 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: 

Agenda Subject to Change

Time

                        Session Title

7:30 - 8:30

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 - 8:45

Welcome & Opening Remarks

 

Art Chantker
President

Potomac Forum, Ltd.

8:45-9:30

Government Keynote

 

Perspectives on the Use of Agile in Government
 

William "Bill" Pratt
Director of Strategic Technology Management
Office of the Chief Technology Officer/CIO Department of Homeland Security 

9:30-10:15

How and Why Agile is Important in Delivering Mission Outcomes  
 

·         Introduction to Agile Methods 

·         Mission Outcomes are important

·         Lessons Learned 

 

Bob Payne
Senior Vice President of Transformation and Coaching Lithespeed

10:15-10:30

Refreshments Break

10:30 - 11:15

What you need to know about Scaling Agile with SAFe, Scrum@Scale, Agile Portfolio Management, Roadmapping and PI Planning


Bob Payne

Senior Vice President of Transformation and Coaching Lithespeed

11:15 - 12:00

How to Integrate Agile into the Organizations with End to End Value Streams - Cutting through the Silos with LeanDiscovery, Agile Delivery and Measurable Outcomes
 

·         Lessons Learned

·         Best Practices

·         Silo Smashing
 

Bob Payne
Senior Vice President of Transformation and Coaching Lithespeed

12:00-1:00

Hosted Working Luncheon and Discussion

(Students will be presented with a Discussion Topic from the Morning Session to Discuss at Lunch. 

1:00-1:15

Luncheon Workshop “Report Out”
(A Luncheon Table Leader will Share the Discussion  and “Report Out”

1:15-2:15

Government Panel -
Creating lasting change with Agile in the Government

 

·         How Agile is Being Used Speaker Agencies 

·         The Governance Model at Agencies 

·         What Lessons Have Been Learned from Implementing Agile 

·         How to Implement Agile Beyond the "Silo"

·         How to Get Traction Beyond IT Programs

·         How Agile is Being Used Speaker Agencies 

·         The Governance Model at Agencies 

·         Future Agile Initiatives 

·         Securing Funding

 

Moderator:

Bob Payne

Senior Vice President of Transformation and Coaching

Lithespeed

 

Bob Maslyn
Integrated Award Environment Program(beta.SAM.gov)
US General Services Administration

 

Ankur Saini
Senior IT Applications Project Specialist
Office of Public Buildings Information Technology Services
U.S. General Services Administration (GSA)
 

Edward Dowgiallo
Senior Technical Advisor
Federal Transit Administration
Department of Transportation 

2:15 - 2:30

Refreshments Break

2:30 - 3:15

Product Ownership: Staff vs. Contractor 

 

David Fogel
Professor of Information Technology
Defense Acquisition University 

3:15 - 4:00

What to Measure for Agile Success  - Metrics for Agency Mission, Risk Management and Governance
 

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

4:00 - 4:20

How to Structure Programs and Contract for Agile Delivery - A Fireside Chat

 

·         Challenges of Contracting for Agile Services 

·         Innovative Contracting Strategies

 

Bob Payne
Senior Vice President of Transformation and Coaching
Lithespeed

4:20 - 4:45

How to go Fast with High Quality - Agile Engineering, Cloud and DevSecOps

 

Bob Payne
Senior Vice President of Transformation and Coaching
Lithespeed

4:45 - 5:00 

Closing Remarks

Art Chantker, President, Potomac Forum, Ltd. 

 

Registration Information: 

  Early Bird Registration Fee AFTER August 12, 2019
Government Employees:
(Federal, State or Local Government Issued ID)

$795.00

$895.00

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 $200 of the current government rate.
Industry and Contractors:
(Including contractors on-site and in direct support of government agencies).
$895.00

$995.00

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

Keynote Speaker: 

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.

Guest Speakers: 

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.

Bob Payne

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 Certified 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.

Ankur Saini

Senior IT Applications Project Specialist 

Office of Public Buildings Information Technology Services 

U.S. General Services Administration (GSA)

 

 

Ankur Saini is a solutions architect who partners with CXOs, Product Owners and Developers to deliver business value through successful technology initiatives. Certified as a PMP, CSM and ITIL Expert, he has over 15 years of experience leading multi-million dollar software development and IT infrastructure support initiatives. With a love for problem solving and technology, Ankur aspires to develop solutions that reduce complexity for everyone around him. When not staring at a screen, Ankur can most likely be found playing cricket, making a mess on a DIY project or exploring places around the globe. Ankur currently serves as a Program Manager at United States General Services Administration and holds an MBA from University of Maryland.

Edward Dowgiallo

Senior Technical Advisor

Federal Transit Administration

Department of Transportation

 

Edward Dowgiallo is a Senior Technical Advisor at the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) and Federal Transit Administration’s Office of Information Technology. In this role, he helps DOT business lines create digital transformation strategies and works with technology teams to put guard rails in place for proper delivery of that strategy. Edward joined DOT three years ago from the private sector. In those three years, Edward insourced tools such as JIRA to enable agile delivery, rewrote the FTA’s SDLC to support agile delivery, implemented a DevOps pipeline for low code projects such as Appian, created a governance framework for technology and data, and conducted pilots of emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence. Outside of the Department of Transportation, Edward participates in numerous non-profits that facilitate communication about emerging technology projects in robotic process automation, artificial intelligence, low code, and block chain.

David Fogel

Professor of IT (Agile Focus)

Defense Acquisition University

 

David Fogel has referred to himself as an Agile enthusiast since 2008. Threaded in Dave’s two decades in IT, he has been a Satellite Communications Operator/Maintainer, Technical Trainer, Criminal Investigator, Nuclear Biological Chemical Safety Officer, Scrum Master, Book Club founder, House Concert Host, Boardgame Geek, SciFi Geek, Process Geek, and a Geek Geek. Dave is currently a Professor of Agile and Federal employee at Defense Acquisition University.

Robert (Bob) Maslyn, SPC, SA, CSPO, CSM, PMP, GSA IT

Integrated Award Environment Program (beta.SAM.gov)

US General Services Administration

Bob Maslyn has been in service with the U.S. Government in Washington, D.C. for 40 years, about half his career with the Department of Health & Human Services and half with the General Services Administration (GSA.gov), entering government as a change agent in the first year of the Presidential Management Intern Program.  During that time span, Bob has experienced numerous management improvements such as Total Quality Management, Business Process Reengineering, Zero Based Budgeting, Balance Scorecard, etc. His focus has always been on transforming government so that it best serves the public (not bureaucrats).

 

Bob readily gravitated to Agile in 2014 and then to SAFe, especially in its power to transform culturally how an organization works and delivers value. Bob is a SAFe Program Consultant (SPC4), SAFe  Agilist, Certified Scrum Master, Certified Scrum Product Owner, Project Management Professional (PMP), and certified as a Federal Acquisition Institute Contracting Officer’s Representative and Program Manager.

 

He is the prime advocate for coaching SAFe practices for GSA’s Integrated Award Environment (IAE) Program which has been consolidating 10 government-wide legacy systems into one platform – this is the process of how businesses contract with federal agencies. This is the new System for Award Management, currently called beta.SAM.gov (even though it is in production).

 

He holds a BA in journalism and two Masters (Public Administration and Social Work), is a native of Rochester, NY, currently lives in Alexandria, VA, and hopes one day to re-locate to New England in the future, perhaps Western Massachusetts.

 

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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.

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