Building software is hard. Doing it in the DoD is even harder. How have the Army, Navy, and Air Force figured out how to deliver outcomes in their software development organizations? The answers will surprise you. Join this session to learn more!
The Secret to Building an Outcomes-based DoD Software Culture
Hannah Hunt (Forbes 30 under 30 Class of 2021 in the Enterprise Technology category) currently serves as the Chief Product & Innovation Officer for the Army Software Factory within Army Futures Command, which has an ultimate objective to teach soldiers and civilians how to solve Army problems with cloud technology and modern software, and to better prepare Soldiers for disconnected warfare on an information-centric battlefield. She is charged with developing and delivering a cohesive suite of products for soldiers and evangelizing agile acquisitions in the Army. Prior to that role, Hannah served as the Chief of Staff at Kessel Run, the Air Force's premiere software factory, with the mission of building and delivering software that warfighters love.. In that role, Hannah managed a cross functional team of business, personnel, manpower, commander support staff, and strategic initiatives experts that enabled Kessel Run to complete its mission. Hannah was the youngest Chief of Staff in the Air Force and strives to emphasize a lean startup and agile work environment for the organization. Hannah is now focused on building the next generation of Army coders to increase readiness and lethality.
Captain Rachele Szall currently serves as the Chief of Product for the Space Command and Control Software Factory, also known as Kobayashi Maru. Kobayashi Maru is focused on enabling the digital workforce in continuously delivering Operational C2 software that US Space Force operators love. In her role, Rachele leverages her experience in software development and streamlining organizational processes to drive the product strategy across all six product portfolios within Kobayashi Maru. Prior to that role, Rachele was with Kessel Run, the Air Force’s premiere software factory. Rachele served in several roles starting as one of the Air Force’s first active-duty Product Designers, the Product Design Practice Lead and stood up the Air Forces’s first Customer Success team.
Maj Austen R. Bryan, Chief Operating Officer, Platform One, Cryptologic and Cyber Systems Division, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. In that capacity Maj Bryan leads over 250 personnel on the engineering and acquisition teams responsible for the development and operations of the core Platform One Enterprise Information Technology (IT) services that enable the Development, Security and Operations (DevSecOps) transformation for the Department of Defense (DoD). Maj Bryan led the stand up and growth of the program from concept to operations which now executes over $80 million annually. Platform One delivers 4 key IT services and is continuously deploying applications to production for all military branches.
Meagan Metzger is the founder and CEO of Dcode, a privately owned company connecting the technology industry and government to drive commercial innovation in the federal market. Dcode shows tech companies how to break into and scale in the public sector effectively and trains government organizations to implement new tech solutions. Dcode has worked with more than 100 tech companies and dozens of government organizations, driving more than 200 implementations of new technology in government and millions in federal contracts.
FCW recognized Meagan as one of the Federal 100 winners, and Fedscoop named her one of 2018’s Top Women in Tech for her influential work with Dcode. Prior to Dcode, Meagan worked as Chief Operating Officer of a government-focused mobile and cloud company, leading 200% growth in its first two years. Meagan was also previously Chief Strategy Officer at a government-facing IT consultancy and established it as one of the fastest-growing small businesses on Washington Technology’s Fast 50 for three years in a row. Meagan has worked closely in several roles with senior leadership across DoD and civilian agencies, using her expertise in federal IT acquisitions to execute a billion-dollar IT program.