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Pentagon considering Agile development for refreshing software

The Pentagon is exploring Agile development in refreshing the software in its systems, according to FCW.

A potential problem however is whether or not the Pentagon’s acquisition system is agile enough to procure Agile development.

Neither the Pentagon nor the defense industry has good metrics for estimating the cost, productivity and risk of software development, FCW reported.

Reader Comments

Sat, Oct 10, 2015

The "Pentagon" (and most other users)has software problems because it doesn't get its requirements right or/and it can't ensure that its software does what is required -- and nothing else. Scrum / Agile eschews documentation and flow-down trace-ability for the sake of speed and reduced first-cost. The Pentagon needs to go in opposite direction with rigorous documentation and root-cause analysis of any requirement discrepancy or implementation error. Good software isn't cheap and cheap software isn't suitable for any application beyond video gaming. The Government must insist that it owns all of the software that it pays for, and should seek to maximize reuse-ability to minimize waste and the potential for new errors. "Agile" ain't the way to get there.

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