Transitioning to Agile in Government

transition

I’ve had a fascinating 5 years working in the Agile Business Line at Collabnet. When I started I worked in Technical Support, from there I moved into Technical Sales, and from there into Agile Training and Coaching with a twist. The twist is that nearly all of the work I do within the Agile industry is with people who are beyond that initial adoption stage. They typically understand what Agile really is and what the basics of practicing it are. This means that I have spent little time evangelizing Scrum and Agile to developers, and a lot of time working …

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Innovation – Not Just For DISA Any More

In The New York Times opinion pages,  The U.S.S. Prius – NYTimes.com,Thomas Friedman reports Department of Defense work on a number of green power initiatives. Just as at Forge.Mil, the DoD seems to be putting real effort into well thought out, efficient and promising ideas, leading the way for government in general, and arguably even in advance of the mainstream of commercial work. Just one quote from Friedman captures the whole topic for me: I don’t know what the final outcome in Iraq or Afghanistan will be, but if we come out of these two wars with a Pentagon-led green …

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Forge.mil Update: Mission, Community, & New Things

It’s been altogether too long since I last updated readers on the state of Forge.mil, so I’ll take this opportunity to remedy that and share with you some of the things we’re most excited about, as well as reiterate the overall mission of the system. I think it’s important to make sure people new to the Forge.mil family of systems understand our motivation behind creating all of this. With that, let’s refresh everyone’s mind about the mission and community Forge.mil was set up to serve: Forge.mil Mission Mandate If you look at www.forge.mil, you’ll see the basics of our mission …

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Community Is…

I just returned from a two week conference trip in support of Forge.mil – the first week in Utah was uneventful, but the second week for the DISA partner conference in Nashville, TN at the historic Gaylord Opryland Hotel… well, let’s just say it was something I don’t think any of us involved will ever forget. For those that may not have been following the news, Nashville got 18 inches of rain in just two days (an all-time record) and those of us in town for the conference were evacuated from the hotel to a local high school due to …

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Baseball, Hot Dogs, Government & Community

It’s often said that sports are a metaphor for life & business – after the good natured ribbing I took from my CollabNet colleagues last night at the San Francisco Giants game, I’m even more convinced of this. You see, I’m a HUGE Giants baseball fan (and, as my wife would tell you, I also make her a hockey and football widow at times too. :)). This week, the CollabNet Sales and Services team is gathered at our corporate headquarters in South San Francisco/Brisbane for our annual sales kickoff, and the team all went out to the game for some …

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Guy Martin Empowers DOD's Agile Development in the Cloud

At CollabNet, we appreciate that the world understands our contributions to the advancement of practical methods of software development in the cloud.  For instance, last month, I traveled to Davos where I met with industry leaders who share our vision and want to improve the world with technology. There, CollabNet was recognized by the World Economic Forum as a Technology Pioneer for leading an industry in transforming the state of software development across entire industries. As a dramatic example of this transformation, I’ve blogged before about CollabNet’s work with the US government to change the way the DoD procures and …

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Government 2.0 From the Inside Out…

There is a LOT of effort being spent by the United States government to increase transparency to the taxpayers. In general, there are some great efforts (such as data.gov and usa.gov), and I think we should continue pushing the edge of the envelope in citizen participation with government. However, I believe we have a MUCH bigger problem to solve to get us to ‘Government 2.0’ – encouraging/cajoling government agencies into collaborating amongst themselves first. Impossible you say? Maybe so, but without effort focused on this goal, no amount of external transparency will have lasting success. Is there a magic formula …

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Old Wineskins & Mandatory Fun…

Change is hard. That statement should not come as a shock to anyone who has ever worked anywhere in the business world, or even just lived on planet earth for that matter. However, change is a critical element to moving the collective knowledge of our species forward. Without change, we wouldn’t be walking upright, let alone using a netbook to write blog posts from 35,000 feet in the air (yes, I’m composing this missive from seat 8F on Virgin America flight 84 to Washington, DC). One of the ways many organizations try to deal with change is by bringing in …

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Recent DoD Guidance on Open Source Software might be a first step in breaking the cycle of failed software reuse policies

The recent guidance from the Department of Defense (DoD) issued by Deputy CIO David Wennergren (Oct. 29th) is certainly a milestone for open source software.  It states that the DoD should consider open source software on equal footing with commercial software offerings.  While this in itself is an important achievement, the guidance goes further to reference that software source code and associated design documents are “data”, as defined by DoD Directive 8320.02.  The inclusion of this reference could be seen as a subtle point, but one possible implication is that software source code should be considered a contractual deliverable. The lack …

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Catching Up With Forge.mil…

It has been quite a while since I’ve blogged specifically about Forge.mil and what we’ve been up to as a team. My silence here in the blog has nothing to do with a lack of things to talk about – it’s actually quite the opposite. There’s been a ton of work going on, and some interesting achievements/recognition given to the project team. I’ll summarize below & share some pictorial highlights as well. Achievements Information Week 500 – ‘Government Innovators Award‘ Government Computer News Honorable Mention for ‘Great dot-gov Web Sites 2009‘ Featured Article in ‘Whose Who in DISA‘ Progress Multiple …

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