Navy Mobile Apps Acquisition: Doing It in Weeks, Not Months or Years
Program Executive Office for Enterprise Information Systems Arlington United States
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Private industry and the Military both recognize the need to develop mobile applications apps to meet the growing demand for delivering content in a way that supports end-users needs and preferences. The U.S. Navy has been examining all the conceivable strategic, policy, and security issues surrounding mobile application development and deployment, but limited Navy commands have had success implementing a policy and development methodology for meeting widespread end-user needs. One exception has been the Program Executive Office PEO for Enterprise Information Systems EIS, a U.S. Navy Program Executive Office whose mission is developing and sustaining business Information Technology IT systems for the Navy. One of their primary customers, the Chief of Naval Personnel, challenged PEO EIS to develop a strategy and development methodology for quickly developing mobile applications to meet a variety of Navy Human Resource HR needs. PEO EIS, through a designation to one of its Program Management Offices PMOsPMW 240, or the Sea Warrior Programemployed an innovative approach for design, development, and acquisition of mobile applications that has allowed it to field multiple mobile applications in just 812 weeks per application given strong customer engagement. To date, PMW 240 has fielded eight applications in the past year with dozens more in the planning and development phases.This paper will share the innovative methodology, Systems Engineering Technical Review SETR process, and Federal Acquisition Regulation FAR insights that have allowed PMW 240 to field mobile apps rapidly. It will also discuss some of the challenges and next steps to expanding the Navy HR mobile application capabilities. Since PMW 240 is an acquisition executor, all processes, innovations, and insights will be presented from a practitioner perspective in hopes of benefiting other practitioner organizations that require mobile application deployment for their end-users.