Agile Acquisition is a new approach to product development and acquisition of third-party products being implemented by groups in the U.S. Military. Like many ideas first tested by the military, if this one works, it could soon find its way into the private sector. I’ll be giving a webinar to the PMI’s Aerospace and Defense Industry Community of Practice on this environment and how suppliers can work within it. It is called “Implementing Agile PM Techniques in an Agile Acquisition Environment.”
While the Agile Acquisition approach promises cost savings and better, more integrated products. From a supplier’s perspective, it creates an atmosphere of increased uncertainty and higher risk. Agile project management techniques may be the best approach to developing products in this environment of higher uncertainty. Agile Acquisition, however, imposes specific constraints that run counter to the tenants of Agile Development and its application, particularly when applied to developing innovative, integrated products. This webinar explores the theoretical boundaries between Agile Acquisition and Agile Project management. It will provide suggestions on how Agile project management techniques can be applied in an Agile Acquisition environment to deliver better products while allowing a supplier to manage risk.