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Navy Community of Practice for Programmers and Developers

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Naval Postgraduate School Monterey United States

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The Navy must employ the talented programmers and developers required to build and maintain its software systems. The establishment of a Navy community of practice CoP for programmers and developers can significantly increase knowledge sharing, provide mentorship opportunities, increase cybersecurity of computer-dependent systems, and expose the Navy and industry to each others cybersecurity needs and requirements, as well as best practices, tools, and techniques. The design for a Navy CoP should be human centered and should reflect the key characteristics shared among successful communities of practice. Through the use of surveys, interviews, and observations conducted at the June 2016 HACKtheSKY Navy hackathon, it was discovered that there is a need and want for such a Navy CoP. CoP design and specific Tenth Fleet recommendations were drafted with focus on social interactions, operational structure, and lifecycle characteristics. In conclusion, there is high confidence that the Navy will benefit long term from expanding its boundaries in the cyber domain and practice of programming and development.

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