You’re in my Space: Agile’s Roles, Responsibilities and Competencies

Los Angeles , USA
9620 Airport Blvd

Speakers: Mary Ann Lapham and SuZ Miller, Software Engineering Institute
Cost: Free, but there is a charge for parking

Note that this is a joint meeting, and arrangements are handled by GSAW.


Agile is becoming more prevalent in the Federal government space. This usage is raising questions about how Agile methods fit into the highly regulated environment commonly seen in that space. This presentation will provide an overview of the expanded role of the program office in the Agile space including roles, responsibilities and competencies required of the program office, and how the new interim DoD Instruction 5000.02 could fit in to support DoD programs with Agile contractors. Some time will be devoted to a practical description of the issues that may confront the government role as product owner. In addition, a brief discussion of Agile in the Larger Eco-system will include a description of the forms of obstacles posed by the surrounding "systems engineering ecosystem".

Speaker Bios:

Mary Ann Lapham, a Principal Engineer at the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) of Carnegie Mellon University, is the technical lead for SEI’s agile in acquisition research, focused on identifying and addressing barriers to adopting Agile practices in DoD and other government settings. She is also the Space Sector lead within the Software Solutions Division, Client Technical Solutions Directorate. Prior to her coming to the SEI in 2004, Ms. Lapham spent 30 years in technical and program management roles on programs of variable size and complexity. She also is a PMP and CSM.

SuZ Miller is a Principal Researcher in the Client Technical Solutions Directorate at Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute. Her current research focuses on the adoption barriers faced by highly regulated organizations (like US government organizations) that are taking up Agile and lean principles. While at the SEI, she has also researched systems of systems governance issues, technology transition, and process improvement‐‐particularly development and implementation of CMM types of models‐‐ and co‐authored CMMI Survival Guide: Just Enough Process Improvement, which provides methods and decision approaches for organizational improvement. She spent 12 years before the SEI in multiple technology insertion, quality engineering, and improvement‐related roles at Lockheed Missile and Space Co working both Navy missile programs and USAF satellite ground system programs.

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