While there’s a lot of momentum around government IT modernization, ensuring that progress does not stall out can be a challenge. Thankfully, many defense agencies are now developing various mandates that are propelling modernization as-a-Service forward and have full support from all levels of leadership. The new Department of Defense (DoD) Fiscal Year 2022 budget is also pushing for more research and development, which will be another driver.
Providing the proof point that Modernization as-a-Service (MaaS) actually works, software factories are creating a model for all defense agencies to advance into the future of IT modernization. In addition, agile development is now core to an agency culture of being open to change where failure is an option.
In the third and final installment of the Modernization as-a-Service podcast, Mike Masten, Vice President Operations at Chenega Applied Solutions, discusses the future of modernization in the federal government, and how MaaS will help agencies to continue their journey and avoid the pitfalls of past modernization efforts.
“Software is a critical part of what the DoD does especially as we become more modernized,” said Masten. “In addition, software factories are key to the future of modernization because they are the proof point for the DoD to replicate them across all of its agencies. Agile development is also creating ‘failure is an option’ approach where you are creating new things, fixing them, and then trying again. Industry is critical for this, and the DoD is starting to discover this movement.”
Listen to the full podcast below: