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Acquisition of Agile Services Workshop

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Jun 19—21
3 days
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
USD 1649
USD 549 per day
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3 days
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
USD 1649
USD 549 per day
Oct 15—17
3 days
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
USD 1649
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Agile continues to permeate the Federal landscape. As a member of the Federal acquisition workforce, you are tasked with applying an Agile acquisition framework within the confines of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR). You will gain an understanding of an Agile acquisition approach and the challenges of applying this framework in the Federal environment through role-playing activities and Federal case studies. You will participate in hands-on exercises that reinforce your learning after examining real contracts where Agile has been used successfully.

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize key principles of the agile methodology
  • Describe the characteristics of an effective agile team
  • Effectively plan an agile acquisition
  • Select the contracting approach for an agile project
  • Effectively monitor, control, and report on agile acquisition projects
  • Identify best practices for implementation of an agile acquisition

Course Topics

Agile Development

  • What is Agile?
  • Agile Manifesto
  • Agile Software Development Methodologies
  • Agile Practices
  • Agile Acquisition
  • Agile Teams
  • Action Plan

Agile Acquisition in the Federal Government

  • Why Use Agile?
  • Federal Guidance for Agile Acquisition
  • Characteristics of an Agile Acquisition Strategy
  • Proof of Agile Success
  • Developing the Acquisition Strategy
  • Communicating Completion Criteria
  • Exercise: Health Insurance Marketplaces Case Study: Modular Development
  • Action Plan

Developing the Agile Contract

  • Structuring the Contract
  • Interagency Contracts
  • Source Selection Criteria
  • Contract Types
  • Exercise: Health Insurance Marketplaces Case Study: Contract Type
  • Action Plan

Executing Agile Contracts

  • Reviewing Contract Requirements
  • Monitor Performance
  • Risk Management
  • GAO Report—10 Effective Practices
  • Exercise: Health Insurance Marketplaces Case Study: Best Practices
  • Action Plan

Putting it all Together

  • Lesson Overview
  • Exercise: Determining the Acquisition Approach
  • Exercise: Issuing Task Orders for the Contract
  • Exercise: Administering the Contract
  • Exercise: Reviewing the Steps/Contracting Retrospective
  • Action Plan

Who should attend

This course is intended for IT program and project managers and contract personnel who work to align the acquisition process with the technology cycle.

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