Skip to content

Organizing for Success

By Trent Hone, Gene Kim, Steve Spear, Brian Beachkofski, Max Reele, Jay Long, Jesse Cooper, Rick Jack, Andres Otero, John Schreiner, Jeff Worthington

Why Many Government Software Factories Are Dying While Others are Thriving

EBook Available Now On:

Winning the future fight requires fully unleashing technical capabilities across the US Department of Defense (DoD) and other government agencies. Developing software at speed and scale is crucial to that effort. In February 2022, Deputy Secretary of Defense Dr. Kathleen Hicks charted a path forward by releasing the DoD Software Modernization Strategy, arguing that “delivering a more lethal force requires the ability to evolve faster and be more adaptable than our adversaries.”

However, government software efforts lag behind. Operating at greater speed and agility is absolutely essential to winning the future fight. After surveying approximately 30 government software efforts, some key attributes as to what is going wrong are clear—first, it is not a technology issue. Instead, it is organizational—most DoD software efforts are not achieving desired war-fighter outcomes because they are not organized to succeed. Our findings reinforce prior research that indicates the greatest challenges with DoD software are “non-technical challenges dealing with regulations, organizational culture, and process.”

  • Publication Date September 27, 2022
  • Pages 7

Features

  • Key Attributes

    This paper surveyed 30 government software efforts and lists some key attributes learned from that survey.

  • Culture is Key

    The findings in this paper reinforce prior research that indicates the greatest challenges with DoD software are non-technical challenges.

  • Expert Authors

    This paper was compiled by technology leaders in the DoD and from individual surveys.

  • All Levels

    Change Agents can come from anywhere on the org chart. This paper directly provides guidance on how to lead change no matter your role or title.

About the Resource

Winning the future fight requires fully unleashing technical capabilities across the US Department of Defense (DoD) and other government agencies. Developing software at speed and scale is crucial to that effort. In February 2022, Deputy Secretary of Defense Dr. Kathleen Hicks charted a path forward by releasing the DoD Software Modernization Strategy, arguing that “delivering a more lethal force requires the ability to evolve faster and be more adaptable than our adversaries.”

However, government software efforts lag behind. Operating at greater speed and agility is absolutely essential to winning the future fight. After surveying approximately 30 government software efforts, some key attributes as to what is going wrong are clear—first, it is not a technology issue. Instead, it is organizational—most DoD software efforts are not achieving desired war-fighter outcomes because they are not organized to succeed. Our findings reinforce prior research that indicates the greatest challenges with DoD software are “non-technical challenges dealing with regulations, organizational culture, and process.”

Trent Hone
Gene Kim
Steve Spear
Brian Beachkofski
Max Reele
Jay Long
Jesse Cooper
Rick Jack
Andres Otero
John Schreiner
Jeff Worthington
Trent Hone

Trent Hone

To Author Archive
Gene Kim

Gene Kim

Award winning CTO, researcher, and author.

To Author Archive
Steve Spear

Steve Spear

MIT Faculty, IT Revolution Contribution, See to Solve System inventor

To Author Archive
Brian Beachkofski

Brian Beachkofski

To Author Archive
Max Reele

Max Reele

To Author Archive
Jesse Cooper

Jesse Cooper

To Author Archive
Rick Jack

Rick Jack

To Author Archive
Andres Otero

Andres Otero

To Author Archive
John Schreiner

John Schreiner

To Author Archive
Jeff Worthington

Jeff Worthington

To Author Archive

Similar Resources