Call for Presentation Abstracts

Theme:  Toward Mission Agility



We invite high quality, professional presentations that reflect the theme and address the event’s focus areas. We welcome presentations in which programs, projects and practitioners bring their challenges to the conference, seeking input from the audience on best practices. We especially invite presentations that address how agile, lean and DevOps contribute to the pace of change at the intersection of people, new technologies and innovation.


Call for Presentations 


Summit Topics 

Agile for Cyber

This session addresses how agile principles or DevOps can be applied to acquiring and evolving cyber capabilities to keep up with the rapidly changing threat.  Compliance with NIST 800-171 and assurance of adequate security is compounded by the acceleration of change.  Presentations in this are will address various perspectives on agile cybersecurity.  High assurance applications are of great interest.  Examples are medical devices, highly regulated industries, or mission-critical systems impacting flight worthiness, or autonomous vehicles. 


DevOps for Government – Case Studies and Approaches

DevOps is a paradigm of extreme collaboration between software development teams, IT operations and IT security to continuously deliver high quality, highly secure software for resilient mission systems.  DevOps is becoming more prevalent in commercial industry and starting to be used in Government IT.   This session will address how DevOps can be applied to Government organizations, which practices when, how fast, how much, implementation/adoption patterns, key success factors, etc.  Presenters are asked to discuss their learnings, results, benefits, patterns, and antipatterns.


Agile Engineering for Complex Mission Systems

Agile methods are increasingly being applied to deliver systems at larger scale and higher complexity, including distributed business systems, integrated logistics systems, intelligent transportation systems, space mission systems, and weapons systems. This session will highlight methods, challenges, successes, and learnings from applying agile engineering approaches to complex mission systems, including such areas as model-based systems engineering (MBSE) and agile approaches to hardware such as “extreme manufacturing.”


Digital Transformation

Digital transformation is driven by automation, data exchanges, cloud, cyber-physical systems, robots, big data, artificial intelligence, learning systems, IoT and autonomy.  Presentations in the topic area will address how agile, lean and DevOps are contributing the pace of change at the intersection of people, new technologies and innovation in government and industry.


Agile Architecture

Agile architecture refers to both the use of agile methods in developing architectures of various types and levels (enterprise, solution, data, etc.) as well as the architecture necessary to integrate multiple activities for agile development on a large scale. This session will address both perspectives of agile architecture and will provide insights from projects applying the concepts.  Attendees will learn to appreciate the mutually reinforcing roles of architecture and agility.


Contracting Case Studies

Should contracts for employing Agile methods be structured differently than those used in traditional waterfall processes?  Who should the product owner be and what drives application of agile – the proposal or the RFP?  This session is looking for tips and lessons learned on how to successfully address agile within legacy contract mods, or new contracts, and case studies for reviews, deliverables, and reporting to include EVM.


Lean Start-Up in Government

Federal agencies are increasingly implementing the practices of the Lean Start Up model to improve their innovation approaches.  Some examples include the DoD’s Hacking for Defense initiative, the Defense Innovation Unit-Experimental (DIUx), and the National Science Foundation’s I-Corps initiative.  This session will highlight the application of Lean Startup practices for both small product teams and large enterprises and share recent advances in the state of the art.  



February 23 Call for Abstract Submissions 
March 30 Deadline for Abstract Submissions
April 5 Abstract Committee will Select Abstracts for Summit
April 13 Abstract Presenters will be notified

Benefits of Presenting

  • Share your expertise with your colleagues
  • Receive recognition for your organization or program
  • Connect with others with practical lessons regarding aspects of Agile methods adoption
  • Demonstrate your thought leadership to the community
  • Expand your professional portfolio

Conference presenters (limit of 2 speakers per presentation) receive full admission to the event.  Abstract presenters have 30 minutes at the Summit for their presentations.  


Abstracts must be submitted electronically at the following link:

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Selection and Notification
The program committee will choose abstracts for presentation and notify the authors by e-mail April 13. Abstracts not selected may be identified for presentation in future ADAPT events.

The ADAPT working group of NDIA, in partnership with the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute, host this event.

For more information contact Carol Dwyer at or (703) 247-2582.