NGA's school for agile

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WHAT: Agile coursework for IT and acquisition specialists at the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency.

WHY: After the launch failures of, agile became the IT buzzword of the moment, and its star shows no signs of fading. The recently released U.S. Digital Services Playbook advises using "agile and iterative practices" in software design. The NGA, home to the immersive Map of the World intelligence databases, is in the midst of its own pivot to agile. "The use of agile acquisition methods and concepts are essential to NGA's success," notes a solicitation for a contractor to provide agile training courses to agency IT and acquisitions workers.

Training is an important part of a move to agile, especially for IT staffers with certification in other methodologies. NGA is seeking a contractor to supply a two-day course for IT specialists that will culminate with an exam to certify successful students as Scaled Agile Framework Agilists. A separate, shorter course to be offered agency-wide will orient newcomers to agile, and offer ways to improve agency business processes using the method.

Click here to read the full solicitation.

Posted by Adam Mazmanian on Sep 02, 2014 at 10:30 AM

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Reader comments

Wed, Sep 3, 2014

Trainig is something that is needed in the Court agencies for IT. We are being left out while everyone else is getting training. Sitting in front of a PC and reading is not training. We need the hands on training and a trainer where you can ask questions or sit in a room of fellow IT personnel that can possibly answer questions that come up. We are becoming stale in our training that we are getting from a online company. We are not all robots that can be programed that way. Our upper management go to this trainings so they can move on to better jobs and we get left behind so someone else can come in and do the same thing. Why are we sending or paying for audit teams to travel all over the country when we can all police ourselves. I can tell you if you get rid of GSA you will save billions of dollars, if the truth hurts then so be it.

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