Agile in Government: Theory, Practice, and Proof It Works

Agile in Government: Theory, Practice, and Proof It Works


John Johnson, PMP, CSM, SPC

Chief Technology Officer
Softek Enterprises LLC

PMIWDC Non-Member Rate

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Event Date
Event Location

Leidos at Reston Town Center
11951 Freedom Dr
Reston, VA, 20190

Agenda and Cost:

PMIWDC Members & Non-Members: $15; Lunch will be served; The only special dietary restriction Reston Luncheon can support are vegetarian, dairy free, gluten free and no pork.

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Agile is trending hot in all areas of project management, and especially in government. Why? Because life in government continues to be more and more uncertain. Uncertainty doesn't fit in the predictive approach, with fragile schedules set to slip if deadlines are missed. Agile takes that uncertainty and flips the script with an anti-fragile approach where uncertainty is expected, worked into delivery, and offers a way to derive unbelievable benefits. Bombarded with stories of GSA's 18F and the Air Force's Kessel Run, the program manager is still asking the question, "yes, but how do we do this and stay compliant with the FAR, DFARs, and hold our vendors accountable?" The vendors are asking, "how can I take the risk of Agile under firm-fixed price?"

18F Success Story:
Kessel Run Promotional video:

This presentation, "Agile In Government: Theory, Practice, and Proof It Works" delivers the answers with personal examples of delivering award-winning projects using Agile for the Navy CNIC Energy Program and the National Archives. The presenter will illustrate theories on why Agile Loves Uncertainty, the contracting approaches for T&M and FFP that align with FAR best practices, and answer questions on real-world cases from first hand experience. It will also demonstrate just how scalable the Agile contracting methods are with examples from spacecraft, to supercomputers, to award winning civil engineering projects.

Deliver twice as fast, on-budget, and achieve over ten times the value. No hype, just facts and ready-to-use techniques from a project manager who's done the work. This presentation draws on the free online Agile courses developed by the speaker available on edX and the University of Maryland's Project Management Center for Excellence (

PDUs Available: 
1.00 PDUs for Certified PMs
Talent Triangle Category: 
.5 Strategic and Business Management and .5 Technical

Hard Skills

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

John Johnson, PMP, CSM, SPC

Softek Enterprises LLC
Chief Technology Officer

Mr. Johnson teaches graduate courses on Agile and Predictive management at the University of Maryland’s Project Management Program. His recent Agile Project Management series on EdX (in-production) was highlighted as the #1 Professional Certificate for massive online open courses (MOOCs) globally by the premier MOOC reviewer
He also serves as the Chief Technology Officer for Softek Enterprises LLC. Established in 2007, Softek specializes in evolving business systems using Agile, DevOps, and Cloud technologies to deliver working solutions faster for the government’s most critical IT challenges. Mr. Johnson works closely with senior Agency influencers to explore and develop solutions, more than doubling Softek revenue annually while leading multiple deliveries for clients and partners. He has 10 years of project management, systems engineering, and advanced analytics experience.

Prior to joining Softek, Mr. Johnson co-founded Second Nature Software LLC, a data science products company focused on Life Science Research. He helped design and promote their product “Rocketfish,” a data management tool that simplifies preparing data for analysis while automating data tracking and organization. Rocketfish is currently in an organization-wide trial at NCI and NIAID, as well as major universities in the DC Metro Area.

Previously, Mr. Johnson was a Senior Agile Project Manager with IBM, where he led multiple development teams building applications for the National Archives Records Administration (NARA). These applications were built on Amazon’s Gov Cloud (AWS) with cutting-edge cloud technologies to process, store, and search the hundreds of petabytes of government records expected at NARA by 2020. This project won “Project of the Year” across all of IBM globally for its success in project management innovation.

He also worked as a Management Consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton, where he led projects for the Marine Corps, Air Force, and Navy from optimizing site investments and posture for Reserve forces to developing award-winning project analysis and portfolio management software to optimize billions inshore energy investments. Mr. Johnson holds a Masters in Systems Engineering and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Maryland.

About the Reston Local Community

Each month, PMIWDC Reston Local Community volunteers strive to bring you interesting and informative speakers from a wide range of professions. They present these speakers to you at the Leidos building or other organization located at Reston Town center. This is an opportunity to network with other professionals of the PMI. The conference center at Leidos offers a maximum seating of approximately 30 guests. Pre-registration is required. Luncheons are held every third Wednesday of the month. If you are interested in presenting please contact the PMIWDC Staff who can put you in touch with the Luncheon Committee Volunteers. List of past events can be viewed below. Please follow PM Reston on facebook.

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