Agile acquisition—widely practiced by software developers—advocates rolling out capabilities in smaller chunks, more frequently. It also deemphasizes extensive up-front capabilities planning. Instead, developers put capabilities into action as soon as possible, then modify and adapt them as needed.
Agile acquisition allows programs to be more responsive to changes in operations, technology, and budgets. It also offers more opportunities for collaborating with users and other stakeholders to deliver priority capabilities rapidly.
Implementing agile development practices often requires changes in an agency's policies, processes, and culture. But the rewards are ample.
Agile acquisition allows agencies to:
- Transition to shorter capability releases
- Tailor acquisition models for software development
- Move from developing infrastructures to acquiring them as a service
- Drop large-scale systems engineering reviews for smaller technical reviews
- Streamline contracting and testing timelines
- Delegate authority to enable rapid decisions
- Dynamically manage requirements and budgets
By advising them on new acquisition methods such as agile acquisition, MITRE can help government agencies become more cost efficient and operationally effective.