Supplier Strategy for IT Innovation

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The complexity of managing supplier portfolios, coupled with the need to apply cost saving strategies, often leads organizations to contract with a small group of suppliers. While initiatives such as Federal Category Management and other approaches may improve efficiency and cost savings, they may also inhibit a wider range of innovative ideas and … [Read more...]

Project Scheduling Best Practices in an Agile Environment

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This is the second article in a series on project scheduling best practices. The first article, GAO Scheduling Best Practices, can be found here. With the growing adoption of Agile project management methodologies, many organizations now employ some combination of traditional project management and Agile project management tools. While Agile … [Read more...]

The Diversity of Scrum Today

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Scrum is a framework for developing and sustaining complex products. While traditionally used for software development, many other industries and professionals are now recognizing the value of Scrum. A recent survey, The 2015 State of Scrum Report, suggests that Scrum is growing in popularity among various industries and is being used in a … [Read more...]

Modernizing Federal IT Acquisitions

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A visit to the Federal IT Dashboard is a reminder of the critical need to bring innovation and agility to federal acquisitions. Although significant changes and improvements such as strategic sourcing, IT-based GWACs, and large agency-specific IDIQ contracts have been made to the federal acquisition of IT products and services over the last ten … [Read more...]

Agile Methodologies and the Federal Acquisition Regulation – Part 3

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This is the third and final article in a 3-article series on integrating Agile methodologies within the context of the Federal Acquisition Regulation. This article addresses resources, accountability and tracking issues related to contract administration. This article series is based upon the recently developed TechFAR Handbook for Procuring … [Read more...]

Agile Methodologies and the Federal Acquisition Regulation – Part 2

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This is the second article in a 3-article series on integrating Agile methodologies within the context of the Federal Acquisition Regulation. This article focuses on considerations for selecting a contract vehicle and creating the most appropriate contract pricing structure from a Government Agency’s point of view... This article series is … [Read more...]

Agile Methodologies and the Federal Acquisition Regulation

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This is the first article in a 3-article series on integrating Agile methodologies within the context of the Federal Acquisition Regulation. This article focuses on the Requirements Development and Acquisition Planning phase of the acquisition lifecycle. Far too often Federal Government digital service projects fall short of their goals for a … [Read more...]

The Future of Government Digital Services

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The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) recently launched its 18F Team; a digital services delivery team dedicated to the implementation of innovative digital and web services within the Federal Government. Named for the GSA location at 18th and F Streets, the team is composed of 16 industry professionals working to facilitate productive … [Read more...]

Innovation in the City of Austin

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Many local governments are embracing innovation initiatives that have become commonplace in the private sector. Budget pressures and constituent expectations are pushing government leaders to act. From interactive citizen smartphone apps to appointed officials responsible for driving innovation, the changes in government are encouraging. The City … [Read more...]

Execution of Agile Iterations: Best Practices

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This is the 4th article in a continuing series on best practices for Agile implementation in the Federal Government. In order to reduce the costs of IT development projects in federal agencies, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has recommended implementation of modular (or Agile) software delivery. Agile software development describes … [Read more...]