August 18, 2016 | Ronald Reagan Building | Washington, DC
The ATARC Federal DevOps Summit was held on August 18, 2016 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C.
Mark Schwartz, Chief Information Officer of the DHS U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, served as Government Chair of the event.
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has gotten the reputation of being ahead of other agencies when it comes to IT development using agile processes.
USCIS is adding to its lead by testing out the next phase of agile development. Mark Schwartz, the USCIS chief information officer, said he’s implementing something called impact mapping. USCIS recently tested out this concept on its case verification system under the E-Verify program.
“In this impact mapping exercise, they start with a goal of , say increasing the 70 cases a day a verifier can do to a higher number so they can scale. They draw a sort of a mind map of different ways they can accomplish that goal,” Schwartz said at the Aug. 18 ATARC Federal DevOps Summit in Washington. (Full Story)
Imagine a world in which an agency can identify a process problem, such as an inefficient electronic application form, come up with some ideas on how to fix it in hours and have a constantly self-testing solution up and running in days.
That process would be far speedier than the federal government’s traditional months- and years-long development cycle. Achieving that goal means not being overly concerned about traditional processes or even what the inspector general thinks, said Mark Schwartz, CIO at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
In remarks at the Federal DevOps Summit hosted by the Advanced Technology Academic Research Center on Aug. 18, Schwartz and other top agency IT executives said DevOps is melding into federal practice, though some agencies are further ahead than others. (Full Story)