Coaching for Better (Software) Buying Power in an Agile World
DEFENSE ACQUISITION UNIV FT BELVOIR VA
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In Nov. 13, 2012, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall unveiled his guidance for improving efficiency and productivity under the Better Buying Power initiative. Better Buying Power 2.0 BBP 2.0 identifies 36 initiatives under seven focus areas with all being applicable to the acquisition of software and systems. The extension of Better Buying Power, coupled with ongoing initiatives to improve the acquisition of information technology for example, Defense Science Board 2009, Section 804 of the 2010 Defense Authorization Act, should lead acquisition professionals carefully to consider incorporation of agile methodologies into the set of acquisition tools at their disposal. This transformation is not easy. It requires a change in how we look at programs. Therefore, DoD should consider the use of Agile Coaches to assist in this shift. Ideally, the agile coaching corps should be internally grown and assigned to acquisition organizations with a cadre centrally located as DAU consultants available to support any and all acquisition programs. The 12 agile principles supporting the Agile Manifesto are closely aligned to six of the seven focus areas of BBP 2.0 as shown in the following paragraphs.
- Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering and Control of Production Systems
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies