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  • As if DevOps was Not Enough…DevSecOps

    Just when you think you've found a way through to completion, a new wallAs success with DevOps continues to make progress, it ventures into taking on other areas where traditional SDLC / IT practices have been less than optimal. Alongside this need, the IT Security technical landscape has been in rapid transition, making it near impossible for security teams to keep up with both increased DevOps velocity and the changing security landscape. Now, teaming up security in the continuous integration(CI) and continuous delivery(CD) model has a potential to be a game changer.

    In the beginning, the movement started out being called DevOpsSec.   ‘Sec’ was appended on to the end — almost like a caboose on a train – an afterthought. But in reality, security must be thought of, designed, and practiced throughout the process. In light of this, the more current term is DevSecOps – one where we weave security into our integration. Originally,  marketing hype from each security software vendor clouded the concept.  But, the movement is less about tools, and more about the way in which we work together, in parallel.

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  • Building the Local Agile Community at AgileDC 2017

    Andrew Clay Shafer proclaims "Agile doesn't work, people do," while gives giving the keynote for AgileDCDominion Consulting had the privilege of attending and sponsoring AgileDC last week. AgileDC is a great event every year. It brings the DC area’s best and brightest thought leaders and practitioners to talk about agile trends, best practices, experiences, and how to grow our practices and community. This event has much more of a community feel than many of the larger conferences and events, which I really appreciate and value. You can focus on forming new relationships and broadening your knowledge of local partners and clients, which benefits everyone.

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  • Looking at the Future of Digital at SAP TechEd 2017

    SAP TechEd 2017 Executive Keynote. Björn Goerke speaks dressed as Star Trek's Captain Kirk on the Bridge of the Starship EnterpriseDominion Consulting attended SAP TechEd 2017 in sunny Las Vegas. SAP transported us from present day Vegas to the final frontier of the digital revolution. The conference kicked off with a keynote from Björn Goerke, SAP’s Chief Technology Officer. As a bonus, he came dressed as the legendary Captain Kirk on the mythical starship Enterprise! Goerke walked us through SAP’s vision of the digital transformation facing many present day organizations in their attempt to go digital (boldly) and blur the lines between their physical and virtual world.

    SAP indulged the crowd with some space age demos of their new Leonardo platform to use drones, machine learning, spatial analytics, and computer vision to help Dole to automate farming of hundreds of acres of palm trees. Who doesn’t love drones and artificial intelligence? And what better way to indulge a room full of developers than to dress up as Captain Kirk, wear Vulcan ears, and present from the bridge of the Enterprise? (more…)

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  • People First These Days in Information Governance

    Director Laurence Hart speaking on Digital Transformation and Information Governance at the NCC-AIIM meetingLast week I spoke at the local National Capital Chapter of AIIM. I gave an updated version of the talk I’ve been giving the past year on Information Governance in the Age of Digital Transformation. While the talk was not new, it was the first time I had given it locally. The discussion was new and very much on point. As I sit here waiting for the 2017 InfoGovCon to start, I want to share some of the highlights.

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  • Dominion Wins as Prime for USDA Shared Services BPA

    Dominion Consulting has been awarded a prime position on the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Shared Services Line of Business (SSLoBS) Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA). An estimated $500 million multi-award BPA, this win is a testament to our team’s 20+ years of continuous delivery and excellence supporting USDA’s mission.

    The objective of the SSLoBS BPA is to drive the OCFO’s (Office of the Chief Financial Officer) mission, while providing USDA’s shared service offerings to customers government-wide. The scope of this BPA includes services for Financial Management, Human Resources, Information Technology Services Division, External Systems Development, and Personnel & Pay. These service offerings are designed to eliminate time-consuming, transactional functions and allow agencies to focus on their core mission.

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  • Working to Innovate at the Agile 2017 Conference

    When all of the best and brightest thinkers in the agile arena get together in one place, there’s no doubt you are going to learn a lot from one another and have fun. This year’s Agile2017 conference in Orlando was no exception. Great breadth of topics that loaded me up with ideas to bring back to our Dominion clients and our company itself. I want to share a few of the areas that top my list.

    Making Time for Innovation is Good for Everyone

    The innovation theme was prevalent in many conversations and areas, and there is a good reason – because it is important. Innovation is how people, products, industries, etc. get better. Allowing our developers, engineers and leaders the space to innovate will build higher performing teams and organizations. I spent Open Spaces time with some great agilists hearing about the innovative ideas they have implemented at their respective companies. This has fueled my fire to get this going even more at home.

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  • Delivering Value Using Layer Cake User Stories

    Value is delivered when you enjoy all the layers of a cake, or user storyHere at Dominion, we are currently building an internal application that will allow us to better track new business opportunities. Simultaneously, we are exposing more of our staff to agile and continuous integration/continuous deployment (CI/CD) principles. Among the many concepts we are trying to inculcate in our team is the “layer cake” user story.

    The layer cake idea has been around for over a decade. However, I’ve found on nearly all agile engagements that I’ve been on, teams either discard this idea early in the project or completely ignore it from the outset. It is up to the triumvirate of the Product Owner, Scrum Master, and Business Analyst to ensure that the scrum team writes user stories in such a manner that the outcome of each story is working software that delivers tangible value to the end user. (more…)

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  • Dominion Leaves its Mark at AGA’s 2017 Professional Development Training Conference

    2017 AGA PDT Conference General SessionDominion Consulting stays in the forefront of Federal IT modernization efforts by encouraging our employees to hone skills and stay current on issues and initiatives impacting government agencies. We are active in several organizations that promote fiscal accountability and technology through government and industry collaboration. One of these organizations is the Association of Government Accountants (AGA). Dominion is very active in the AGA, attending conferences, training events, and providing expert advice on advisory committees.

    In July, the 2017 AGA Professional Development Training (PDT) conference brought over 1900 participants, 50 exhibitors, and almost 200 speakers from both industry and government to Boston to discuss emerging issues, initiatives, and technology solutions. Conferences such as this serve as an excellent training platform and allows Dominion to showcase its broad range of services and capabilities. We are able network with former colleagues, clients, and prospective clients, catching up on the latest developments. Representing us at the AGA PDT conference were Todd Barber, Jim Levitan, Howard Campbell, Matt Duffy, Ted Kozlow, and Megan Powers.

    The lineup of speakers at the conference is always impressive. This year, they included Massachusetts governor Charlie Baker, Comptroller General of the United States Gene Dodaro, and Deputy Controller at OMB Mark Reger. Topics included finance, accounting, and technology initiatives.

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  • Working With An Inexperienced Product Owner

    Collaborating can make every team member more effectiveYou’re an experienced Scrum Master beginning a new project.  You meet with your Product Owner (PO) for the first time and hear him or her say any or all of the following:

    • “I’ve never worked in this role before.”
    • “I’ll do my best to be on-site as much as possible.”
    • “I’ve completed Certified Scrum Master training, but I’ve never applied it in practice.”
    • “I’m the Product Owner for your team, and nine others.”

    Your spidey sense is now tingling.  You are going to be working with an inexperienced and/or overextended PO.  Fear not, however.  Here are some methods and remedies you can apply to get your PO up to speed.

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  • Alfresco Pushes Content Services for Digital Transformation

    Welcome to the 2017 Alfresco Government Summit at Nats ParkThis week I attended the 2017 Alfresco Government Summit here in DC. It is part of Alfresco’s rotating 1-day summits that they hold around the world during the year. Alfresco held this year’s DC event at Nats Park, a great location for the great weather. When attendance is good, it is a solid event full of productive discussions about information governance.

    This year was a good year.

    As a former Alfresco employee, it was enjoyable to chat with old friends to learn what has changed, and not changed, since my departure. More importantly for Dominion Consulting, it was great to hear directly from Alfresco executives what their priorities are and their vision for tackling them. Enterprise content management (ECM) is constantly evolving so as a leading vendor in the space, their opinion matters.

    Based upon what I saw at the event, Alfresco’s priority is enabling digital transformation for organizations.

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