Management

All aspects of management as it relates to the federal CIO role.

The Agile Advocate: Top 3 Impediments to Agile

The Agile Advocate is a series of thoughts or musings on the agile movement and DevOps in particular. It was motivated by the seminal work of social philosopher Eric Hoffer, "The True Believer" — at least in structure. It's not meant to be a manifesto, but simply a series of thoughts and reflections coming from over three decades of developing and delivering software and systems of a wide variety to an even wider variety of users and customers. My aim is not to evangelize or convert, but to provoke and stimulate discussion.

The Agile Advocate: What's in Your Continuous Integration?

I’ve had the unique opportunity over the last 30+ years to be involved in multiple large, enterprisewide, mission critical application development projects. I’ve also had the opportunity to develop and bring several products to market. In looking back at these projects, the common thread in the successful ones (yes, some were not successful) was the ability to respond quickly and effectively to the changing needs of the end user.

From the Agile Advocate: How to Involve Operations in a DevOps World

I’ve had the unique opportunity over the last 30+ years to be involved in multiple large, enterprisewide, mission critical application development projects. I’ve also had the opportunity to develop and bring several products to market. In looking back at these projects, the common thread in the successful ones (yes, some were not successful) was the ability to respond quickly and effectively to the changing needs of the end user.

GCIO Focus: Measure the Wrong Things, Get the Wrong Outcomes

Across the government ecosystem, there’s talk about focusing on business/mission outcomes and customer needs for designing and delivering services to citizens. These messages are not new; they come from the White House, Congress, agencies and government contractors — all hailing the need to shift the primary focus from the back end — improving efficiency to the front end — customer needs.

Bipartisan Act to Modernize Federal IT Clears Senate

The long-awaited effort to revamp government technology earned bipartisan approval Sept. 18 receiving funding as part of the defense spending bill passed in the Senate.

The Modernizing Government Technology Act aims to slash wasteful IT spending and bolster information security by speeding up the federal government’s move to more current technologies. The act would also create a $500 million fund agencies can borrow against to update old systems.

GCIO Focus: Prioritization Key to American Technology Council's Plan to Modernize Government IT

The White House's American Technology Council last month announced it's plan for federal IT modernization. Leaders of that report outlined how to increase commercial technologies adopted by federal agencies and how to faster modernize the government's digital infrastructure.

In the past, government efforts to accelerate modernization ran into familiar roadblocks. Past efforts struggled to execute on collaboration and information sharing; outdated or over-burdensome policies and procedures; organizational politics; and human capital issues.

DHS Plans to Modernize IT by Putting High-Value Assets First

With a rather limited IT federal budget, modernizing technology to improve security and processes requires prioritizing those highest-value assets. At the Homeland Security Department, doing so has become a matter of national security.

“Every mission we have is enabled by IT … so if those operators can’t leverage the capabilities that technology provides, that’s a national security problem for us,” said DHS Chief Technology Officer Michael Hermus. 

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