US Citizenship and Immigration Services' Agile Transformation

US Citizenship and Immigration Services' Agile Transformation


Joshua Seckel

Chief Solutions Architect
Sevatec, Inc

PMIWDC Non-Member Rate

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Event Date
Event Location

Cask Technologies LLC
475 Aquia Towne Center Drive - Suite 305
Stafford, VA, 22554

Agenda and Cost:

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Registration and breakfast buffet: 08:15 a.m. – 09:00 a.m.
Network with project management professionals: 08:30 a.m. – 09:00 a.m.
Announcements: 08:50 a.m. – 09:00 a.m.
Featured presentation: 09:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Wrap up: 10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Member Pre-registration: $15
Non-Member Pre-registration: $20
On-Site Member Rate: $20 (cash or check only)
On-Site Non-Member Rate: $25 (cash or check only)
Cancellations and refund requests are accepted up to 48 hours prior to the day of the event. We cannot offer refunds requested after that time.


Historically, federal delivery has been slow, late, incomplete, and over budget. Using modern development practices, agile, DevSecOps, cloud, etc., US Citizenship and Immigration Services has evolved over the past 6 years from yearly releases to production to daily production releases with zero down time on large applications with multiple teams. Joshua Seckel led and directed USCIS as the Applied Technology Division Chief where he was responsible for Quality Assurance, Independent Test, Enterprise Architecture, Release Management, and Agile Coaching for all of USCIS. He created and implemented the policies that allowed development teams to be able to move from waterfall slower delivery to DevSecOps delivery on par with many commercial companies. This discussion will look at the cultural and technical challenges and solutions that were found at USCIS during this transformation.

PDUs Available: 
1.00 PDUs for Certified PMs
Talent Triangle Category: 
Strategic and Business Management

Event Keywords

Soft Skills

Negotiation / Conflict

Tools and techniques for negotiations and conflict management / effects of personality traits, etc.

Hard Skills


Navigating constraints introduced by a sponsor organization's structure, maturity, fiduciary landscape, etc.

Resource Problem Solving

"War stories" in successfully working through severe resource constraints

Industry / Sector


Federal, state, local or tribal government entities / Contractor for such entities


Information Technology, including organizations that utilize Agile development methodologies

About the Speaker

Joshua Seckel

Sevatec, Inc
Chief Solutions Architect

Joshua Seckel is an industry-recognized expert in the Agile community. He has led the transformation and modernization of federal IT during his tenure as a Division Chief at DHS USCIS. He understands first-hand the organizational dynamics, cultural impediments, and enterprise strategies to effectively implement Agile and DevSecOps across IT portfolios. As both a contractor and a federal employee, Joshua has more than 20 years of experience leading the development of software solutions for government entities, including DHS HQ, USMC, OCC, DHS DNDO, and DHS USCIS. He holds a Masters of Business Administration in Technology Innovation Management from Pacific Lutheran University, is an ICAgile Certified Expert Agile Coach, and is a highly sought-after speaker in the Agile community. He is currently the Chief Solution Architect for Agile and DevOps at Sevatec.

About the PM Saturday

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