The Agile Alamanac

Agile Government Contracting

This book serves the Government contracting community by giving them the intense and deep research needed to intelligently discuss the regulations that open up procurements using Agile approaches.

At the highest level, Government contracting and project management share in common two approaches – Traditional and Agile.

For many years the Government has been trying to adopt and adapt Agile practices because the Clinger-Cohen Act (Pub. L No. 104-106, 1996) made it mandatory.  But making that transition has proven difficult!

There are a number of problems making the transition difficult.  One of the critical problems has been a lack of good information on how Government personnel can use Agile methods legally!  Another has been an ever-increasing workload for Government personnel eliminating any time for researching and analyzing the labyrinth of Government regulations to identify specific procedures for applying Agile.

This book solves both of those problems with specific step-by-step procedural outlines, backed by dozens of citations from the relevant regulations, that save hundreds of hours of research and analysis in order to properly negotiate, plan and deliver desirable outcomes using Agile methods on acquisitions of all sizes.

This book contains Agile-specific citations from the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), the Defense FAR Supplement (DFARS), Federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circulars, Federal Executive Orders, and Congressional Legislative Mandates. 

For Department, Command and Agency leaders Traditional methods have a long track record of legal reliability.  Unfortunately many decades of experience also show that Traditional methods have varying levels of success that appear to have a strong inverse correlation to complexity and uncertainty. In other words, the higher the complexity and uncertainty the lower the probability of success.

In contrast, Agile methods are new – and without the specific guidance in this book may be legally risky – but they deliver reliable results with the best cost/performance profile in procurements that have high complexity and uncertainty.  They also fulfill the Clinger-Cohen mandate.

The reason this book cites so many Federal regulations is to help the Government personnel who control any decision to “go Agile.”  For the leaders of the various Departments, Commands, and Agencies, this book provides a vision of how Agile can be accomplished and a look at validated models for guiding and controlling its implementation. For the Contracting Officers and Program Managers, it explains, with highly detailed and specific regulations, how they can legally participate in the information sharing that is critical in order to facilitate Agile approaches that will leverage Contractors’ expertise and deliver cost-effective solutions for the Government. The citations are the bridge that we’ve built because it saves a huge amount of time and negotiating for all parties!

Without clear direction from the regulations, no responsible Government representative will act in a way that risks violating the strict legal standards they must follow, or that cannot be defended using the regulations. Doing so would mean unwisely risking their job or possibly facing civil or criminal legal action.

This book serves the Government contracting community by giving them the intense and deep research needed to intelligently discuss the regulations that open up procurements using Agile approaches.



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