Implementing DevOps and Agile in Today's Federal Agencies

Why agencies are adopting both

DevOps and agile development continue to grow in adoption in the federal government. Program managers are forced to look at new ways to successfully meet their deliverables while coping with legacy systems, tight budgets and the onslaught of cyberattacks.

Yet, to achieve their full potential, the implementation of DevOps and agile require the steady hand of experience combined with the understanding of the program’s mission. In this video, you will hear from two experts: Bill Drew, director of DevOps practices, and Andrew Underhill, health IT innovation officer. Both will address the benefits of DevOps and agile development as they shed light on why agencies are adopting each.


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Hello everyone, I'm Steve Vito, president
of GovernmentCIO Magazine, and welcome
to this edition of GovernmentCIO
thought leadership series where we'll
chat with our experts from our company
who are on the front lines of
implementing IT solutions and government

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Today I'm joined by Bill Drew
bill is the director of DevOps practices
and Andrew Underhill. Andrew is the
health IT innovation officer and we're
going to be chatting about some of the
not only challenges but benefits
relative to DevOps and agile development

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Bill let me start with you you've been
involved with helping agencies with
their DevOps and wonder if you just give
a a broad definition of DevOps and some
of the more prominent challenges that
use you see an implementation of it so I
guess the best way to look at DevOps is
again is it a cross-functional forming
cross-functional teams that come
together that are really focused on a
service and delivering a service in an
organization and so it's really talking
about not just devops but
everything in between and be able to
take that so that we can actually
deliver on a service from the
development environment all the way into
operations and be able to iterate over
that on a cadence that makes sense for
the organization 

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Andrew let's talk about
a little bit about the health area
you're involved in health IT you are
also involved with agile development and
is this something that is readily
embraced within the client base that you
have you know it's it's readily embraced
the main challenge that we have in the
healthcare is there's a lot of legacy
applications out there that I've proven
applications doctors trusts and those
trusts I don't necessarily want to move
away from them so you don't have the
impetus that you get in the private
industry to embrace DevOps as easily as
you do in the health the other challenge
is the infrastructure is not an agile in
first, so it's not ready to receive DevOps

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bill let me ask you now
you've mentioned that some of the
challenges facing particularly in
operations are there other segments
within a government agency that have to
adopt to this new world order of DevOps

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like we talked about before one of
the things that's we talk about DevOps
agile focused on a service and we
streamline that service in there but we
really contract on a compartmentalised
basis so that we talk about you know a
need to collaborate but we don't
contract and motivate you to collaborate
so andrew can't reach across to my
contract and there's no way for him to
actually benefit in ways of
chargeability to be able to help me when
it really makes sense to be able to do
that so we really kind of need to get
contracts aligned with the way that the
organization says they want to be able
to deliver that's just one of the many

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interesting, how about in the
health of area well you know in health
is no different to any other industry
it's it's really getting the agile
infrastructure in place so we have an
on-demand infrastructure that can be
deployed instantaneously and automated
deployments of infrastructure
provisioning of environments from test
lab environments all the way through to
production environments I think one of
the biggest things we run across so far
is and I don't want to throw the dev SEC
opps thing in there

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yeah but security security is always and
just by nature security they're paranoid
about the application that's their job
to make sure right but to an infused
security early infuse that process that
repeatable predictable process and
infuse security upfront both on the
application code as well as on the
penetration test so that we don't go
down to the very end
and then somebody shoots holes in your
product he goes all the way to the
beginning back to the beginning so we've
seen it's difficult because just by the
again by the nature they don't want to
get they want to keep an arm's length
but if they can get them in early
there's an help streamline the project

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also transitioning towards that is
probably not a bad idea because much the
biggest challenge with DevOps isn't
technology it's culture culture it's
about getting aligning your business and
your expectations with your organization
and communicating that often telling

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ok we want to be here and we're
gone this is what your role is and this
is how you connect the dots on a day to
day basis well thank you both very much
and thank you very much for joining us

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