The deliberate process through which weapon systems and IT systems are acquired by DoD cannot keep pace with the speed at which new capabilities are being introduced in today’s information age. Defense Acquisition Changes The DoD is going buy IT systems differently, based on the DoD IT Task Force and 2010 National Defense Authorization Act, it directs DoD to:
– Involve the user of the new system early on and throughout the acquisition process.
– Work in multiple, rapidly executed increments for developing a system\’s capabilities.
– Take an evolutionary method of buying IT by using early and successive prototyping of the system.
-Conduct a modular, open-system approach to development.
To put these directives into action the DoD has developed an acquisition framework called Business Capability Lifecycle (BCL). BCL is based on industry best practices and requires capability to be delivered incrementally in 18 months or less. We will portray the best practices from the first few BCL programs being implemented in the DoD. Case for Agile methods in Systems Integration Driven by a competitive and ever changing business landscape, our clients are looking for ways to meet their changing business needs through rapid technology implementations. They want to implement systems and system changes quickly and efficiently in order to realize business benefits early. The need for speed and agility has led them to consider agile software development methods as alternatives to traditional approaches. Agile software development methodologies consist of several methods that focus on reducing overhead and time to delivery, but share common characteristics, including:
– Delivering tested software in short, time-boxed iterations
– Accepting and sometimes encouraging requirement changes between iterations in order to meet changing business needs
– Mandating extensive client involvement during each iteration to understand ambiguous requirements and increase development team productivity
Agile Systems Engineering Process Systems engineering is an interdisciplinary approach and a means to enable the realization of successful programs. Timothy Harp, an acting deputy secretary of Defense for IT acquisition, said DoD should break up IT projects into segments that can be finished fast. Working in smaller increments, rather than fully erecting large systems acquisitions, will speed new technology to military personnel in combat zones. As it stands now though, the technology changes faster than the requirements process, faster than the budget process, and faster than decision-making process, Harp said. We will describe the Agile Acquisition and Engineering approach undertaken by the Military Health and Veteran’s Affairs joint program called the Integrated Electronic Health Record (iEHR). We will also explain the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) Assessment Methodology (JAM), which provides JIEDDO’s decision makers with a structured, group-enabled, consistent, and repeatable decision support mechanism. The intent of the JAM is to establish an agile and rapid, evaluative framework that provides an equitable and consistent methodology to assess JIEDDO initiatives’ level of readiness and risk to inform decision making specific to the major JIEDDO Capability Approval and Acquisition Management Process (JCAAMP) transition points.