Tag Archives: agile

Stuart McGuigan: State Dept’s New Task Force Looks to Apply IT Lessons Learned During Pandemic

Stuart McGuigan

Stuart McGuigan, chief information officer at the State Department, said a new “reimagine taskforce” completed a 90-day sprint to explore ways on how the agency could apply lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic to address information technology challenges. The State Department had invested in cloud platforms prior to the pandemic.

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Gen. John Raymond Unveils Priorities in Planning Guidance for Space Force

Gen. John Raymond

Gen. John “Jay” Raymond, chief of space operations at the U.S. Space Force and a 2020 Wash100 Award recipient, laid out in a planning guidance his five priorities for organizing the new military branch and one of those is to establish a lean and agile service. “This planning guidance is going to be absolutely critical to us as we develop that force design going forward,” Raymond said. 

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Excelicon Named to the 2020 Inc. 5000 List; CEO Tushar Garg Quoted

Tushar Garg

For the second consecutive year, the Inc. 5000 list has named Excelicon as a part of its 2020 edition, an annual list to celebrate the nation’s brightest business minds and their remarkable achievements. “We are so proud of our team that continues to deliver ‘Excellence in Consulting’,” said Tushar Garg, CEO at Excelicon.

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Rajive Mathur to Step Down as SSA CIO; SSA Administrator Andrew Saul Quoted

Rajive Mathur

Rajive Mathur, deputy commissioner and chief information officer at the Social Security Administration (SSA), will step down as CIO on Oct. 26th but will continue to work at SSA through the end of 2020 as a senior adviser within the commissioner’s office. Mathur joined SSA in June 2017 from the IRS. 

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GSA’s 18F Unveils Guides to Help Federal, State Agencies Implement IT Projects

General Services

The General Services Administration’s (GSA) 18F digital services unit has released “de-risking” guides to help federal and state government agencies plan and address issues in implementing information technology projects. The guides explain the six basic principles of modern software development: agile software development, user-centered design; DevOps, product ownership, modular contracting and building with loosely coupled parts.

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GAO Issues Report on Best Practices, Challenges in Agile Software Dev’t

GAO

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released a report stating that the federal government should consider implementing Agile software development practices to encourage early customer input and other organizational benefits. GAO said in the report published Tuesday that its Agile Assessment Guide outlines best practices for the software development concept including dynamic, team-based operations and requirements prioritization.

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Intelligent Waves Names Brian Brennan SVP of Client Operations; Tony Crescenzo Quoted

Brian Brennan

Intelligent Waves has appointed Brian Brennan as senior vice president of Client Operations, the company reported on Thursday. Brennan will be responsible for leading and growing the company’s client operations performance. Brennan brings to Intelligent Waves his extensive successful experience in managing high-level Federal IT government customer relationships, consistent business growth, and proven ability to exceed revenue and profit targets.

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DoD’s National Background Investigative System Directorate Implements DevSecOps

DevSecOps

The National Background Investigative System Directorate (NBIS) within the Department of Defense (DoD) has established integrated environments on Amazon Web Services’ GovCloud and installed DevSecOps tools to facilitate collaboration among developers, security teams, testers and engineers as part of its DevSecOps implementation effort.

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