Federal IT programs in the United States have a long, troubled history of failure to meet cost, schedule, and capability objectives. The recent implementation of FITARA has been aimed at "streamlining our obsolete approach to Federal IT, providing a better value for the American taxpayer" (according to Chairman Darrell Issa). The timing is perfect for the increased adoption of Agile principles and practices focused on frequent delivery of value in the form of quality working software and digital services. But in the Federal context, what is value? How is it defined and measured? What methods for defining value can be used by government leaders in order to prioritize portfolio backlogs and measure program performance?

This workshop presents a peer-reviewed, research-validated methodology called Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA) that leaders of enterprise Federal IT portfolios can use to define value in the context of their specific agency mission and strategy. This approach leads to a single, quantitative representation of agency specific value (value points) for each item in the portfolio or program backlog. This metric is useful for calculating weighted shortest job first (WSJF) to prioritize backlogs, and for burn-up charts showing program performance in the form of value delivery over time. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a team based exercise building a simple MCDA value matrix for a hypothetical government program.

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About the Speaker(s)

Dr. Steve Mayner is an executive coach and Lean-Agile evangelist with a passion for cultivating transformational leaders and high performing teams. His 29-year career in business includes roles as Vice President in multiple Fortune 500 companies, as well as Chief Technology Officer for an Internet startup. Steve’s journey into agility began in the mid-1990’s as he applied the ideas from the precursors of the Agile Manifesto to major software development initiatives at one of the nation’s largest healthcare companies. In 2003, he began introducing Agile principles and practices to agencies within the U.S. Federal government. Steve launched the first government implementation of the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe®), which led to the successful turnaround of a large, mission-critical Department of Homeland Security program. Now in his current role as a SAFe Fellow for Scaled Agile, Inc., Steve is using his experience as an innovator, strategist, and servant leader to help the largest enterprises around the world implement Lean-Agile and DevOps at scale. Steve holds SPCT4, PMP, PMI-ACP, CSM, and CSP certifications, a Doctors of Business Administration in Strategy and Innovation, Masters Degrees in Business Administration and Divinity, and a Bachelors degree in Education. Steve also enjoyed a 21-year parallel career as a commissioned officer in the reserve component of the US Air Force. He is married with five children and two grandsons. He lives in Southern Maryland, and is an avid runner, cyclist, backpacker, and golfer.