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Wednesday, August 5 • 10:45 - 12:00
Waterfall comfort in an agile world: Give Federal Execs the answers they 'used to get' (John Hughes) Popular

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Abstract:
Your effective agile program can go downhill fast even in the most progressive Federal organization if executive leadership begins to think that the answers they used to get in the "Waterfall world" are no longer available to them in an agile world. Federal Executives have elevated reporting responsibilities and need to answer to the public, sometimes even to Congress itself, therefore pressures are high for proper communication flow. Don’t let your program get to the point where “agile just doesn’t work for us.”
Requirements such as the OMB Exhibit 300 which updates the Federal IT Dashboard and Earned Value Management which is required for larger IT efforts put pressure on Federal executives. They understood how to request the information they needed before going agile, and their teams knew how to get it to them. Agile teams typically no longer create fully resourced project schedules, Gantt charts, and comprehensive requirements documents. Leadership gets frustrated when they can’t get a “straight answer” to questions they are used to having answered such as “what is the project schedule’s critical path showing,” or “are we staffed properly to complete all the remaining requirements by the end of the contract.”
The answers are still there and the information is still available but the tools and methods by which we produce this information are now different. We need to be able to translate the questions being asked and help Federal executives understand how to better ask the questions to get what they are really looking for. Learn how to extract the necessary information from our agile toolset (Roadmap and Backlog, Velocity, Burndowns, User Stories, etc.) to give our Federal executives what they need to be successful meeting the myriad requirements applied to Federal IT programs.
The goal for this session is to provide you the tools you need to continue giving your Federal executives what they need to manage and report on their programs effectively. You will gain insight into what is required of Federal IT programs and therefore what is really being asked, and to help your leadership better ask the questions “in an agile way” so that you may deliver impactful answers derived from our agile tools. You will understand how our agile tools are used and combined to provide the same answers the "Waterfall tools" used to provide Federal organizations. You will go back able to save your agile project from potential doom in the hands of executives under pressure to report against practices they no longer understand.
Learning Outcomes:
  • The goal for this session is to provide you the tools you need to continue to give your Federal Executives what they need to manage and report on their programs effectively. You will gain insight into what is required of Federal IT programs and therefore what is really being asked, and to help your leadership better ask the questions “in an agile way” so that you may deliver impactful answers derived from our agile toolset. You will understand how our agile tools are used and combined to provide the same answers the "Waterfall tools" used to provide Federal organizations.
  • Besides putting you in your customer or leader's shoes for a moment, this session will also strengthen your knowledge of our agile toolset, metrics, and practices as well as how they tie together to give essential program information in the Federal space.
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John Hughes

Strategist, Blackstone Technology Group
John Hughes is an Agile Coach with Blackstone Technology Group's Federal Practice. He has developed and delivered solutions in the Federal IT space for over 17 years.


Wednesday August 5, 2015 10:45 - 12:00
National Harbor 3