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What is Agile?

Is your government program looking to “go Agile”? Is success critical? Have clearance requirements? Let the BigBear.ai experts guide you on your Agile journey – because the stakes are too high to fail.

Helping programs deliver real solutions with Agile

In 2008, enterprises spent an estimated $1.3 trillion in digital transformation initiatives, and the government is not far behind.
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Government agencies must respond to rapid changes in the global threat environment. Those threats include cybersecurity, demands for greater accountability in government spending, decreasing budgets, and antiquated stove-piped systems that do not share information.

In 2018, enterprises spent an estimated $1.3 trillion in digital transformation initiatives, and the government is not far behind.

The government has been through numerous transformation initiatives before and many have failed. So, what makes Agile different? The results!

The traditional waterfall development process assumes complete and perfect knowledge of all requirements and design criteria up front. There is no opportunity for learning, feedback, or adjustment until time for product delivery. Even the built-in milestones – System Requirements Review, Preliminary Design Review, Critical Design Review, and Test Readiness Review – only provide a false sense of learning and feedback. After all, most programs see frequent requirements adjustments, which drives design changes, which results in schedule and cost overruns. Even then, what is finally delivered often fails to meet user expectations or is delayed to the point of irrelevance.

What if you could deliver the right solution on time while saving money – even through a season of changing requirements?

You can with Agile!

Succeeding with a Lean-Agile Transformation

Many programs try to “go Agile,” but don’t see the expected results for several reasons:

  • Leadership is not involved in the process
  • Programs are told they need to transition to Agile but don’t know where to start
  • Coaching and training on new roles are not provided
  • Programs have trouble scaling Agile practices beyond a single team to large, complex systems
  • Budgeting and contracting offices feel constrained by outdated and inflexible processes

The big question: How do you ensure that your program will succeed? BigBear.ai has helped multiple government programs flourish in their new Lean-Agile programs.

Three Key Principles that Drive the Transformation

Lean Thinking

Leaders apply and teach Value, Respect for People and Culture, Flow, Innovation, and Relentless Improvement.

Agile Practices

The Agile Manifesto recognizes that delivering working software that meets customer requirements is more valuable than meeting arbitrary milestones.

Agile at Scale

Lean-Agile principles are great, but how do you scale past the team level?

What BigBear.ai Provides

LARGE SOLUTION IMPLEMENTATIONS

Most government programs are large. Some are massive. Coordinating Agile development across multiple value streams or subsystems can be daunting, especially if there is hardware or multiple contractors involved. We have the experience and tools you need to shape the Agile development of these large systems.

ON-SITE COACHING

Whether your program is brand new to Agile development or in need of some adjustment, we can help! We provide Agile coaches that sit alongside you at any level to ensure you’re successful in your Agile journey.

LEAN PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENT AND AGILE CONTRACTING SUPPORT

Agile development needs the support of the acquisition system to survive, but that system is hindered by the bureaucracy of outdated processes.

Scaled Agile Coaching

We provide coaches and scrum masters to help lead an organization’s transition into lean-agile practices. We map out the way for the organization. We help them identify people for servant leadership roles, what training is necessary (role-based or organization-wide), and can even help with facilitating their PI Planning Event.

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SAFe® Training

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Our Certified SAFe® Program Consultants are able to provide training for 11 different SAFe® courses. These courses help the individuals learn SAFe® processes, mindsets, principles, and how to set up and function as a Team or ART. View the Course List

PI Planning App Service

BigBear.ai leverages a govt approved cloud solution to provide the PIPlanning application in a secure cloud-based environment that has rapid deployment capability, user-defined DevSecOps processes and tools. BigBear.ai provides a flexible and secure network connection via authentication using a Common Access Card (CAC) or equivalent browser certificates for Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI). Learn More.

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General Gus Perna, Materiel Command, US Army

“Using the BigBear.ai Decision Support Tool that Army Sustainment Command runs out of Rock Island Arsenal, Ill., "for the first time in my career, we can really see ourselves, and so we know where every single piece of equipment in the Army is, whether you are in the active component, the Reserve component or the National Guard. It's never been that way; it's very powerful.”

General Gus Perna, Materiel Command, US Army

Lt. Col. Darren Edmonds, AF Cyberspace Defense Program Management Office

“We were under the gun to get our transformation started in a hurry, and our PCI coaches corrected some early mistakes, set us up for success, and stood beside us on our journey. There’s no way we could have pulled off our PI event without the outstanding PCI team.”

Lt. Col. Darren Edmonds, AF Cyberspace Defense Program Management Office

Audrey Onweller, Unified Platform Program Management Office

“I’ve already learned more in one day with BigBear.ai than I have in the previous year!"

Audrey Onweller, Unified Platform Program Management Office

Leonard Yip, IT Director

“BigBear.ai enabled us to improve our on-time project completion rate to over 90%, exceeding our goal of 80%. In addition, our recent resourcing decisions have saved us over $1 million dollars.”

Leonard Yip, IT Director

Next Steps

Every government program and Agile transformation is different.

BigBear.ai can help whether you are just starting or have been Agile for a while, but not seeing the expected results.

The SAFe Implementation Roadmap is based on thousands of Agile transformations and can give you an idea of where you are and your next steps.

Let’s chat about where you are now and how to get to where you want to be.

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