Adopting Agile in a Government Context

The rate of success for IT projects, as measured in time, budgets, and features, can be discouraging for government entities looking to invest in better infrastructure. By focusing on business value, identifying helpful features, soliciting client insight, and rethinking what is valuable, however, Agile software development methods are responsible for appreciably higher success rates.

Pervasive Readiness: Pipedream or Possible?

Government organizations at all levels are facing intense pressure to establish and measure readiness: the ability to prepare for, respond to, and recover from crises and natural disasters. Readiness as a concept is easy to grasp in principle, yet exceedingly difficult to implement due to the fragmentation of processes within the public safety sector and a fundamental failure to understand the difference between capacity and capability building to achieve Readiness.

2020-06-01T15:56:17-04:00January 1st, 2012|Homeland Security & Defense|

Striking the Balance: Security vs. Utility

Maximum security requires by definition a “closed system” whereas maximum utility requires “openness.” Is it possible to reconcile these two extremes? Can a highly secure system actually be easy to use? The security systems of the future must be highly convenient, largely transparent to end users, fully integrated across security domains, threat aware, and able to modify security policies “on the fly” in response to changing threat environments.

2020-06-03T11:33:09-04:00February 7th, 2009|General Public Safety, Homeland Security & Defense|

POST-XML: A Peace Officer Standards and Training XML Data Model

While immediate needs exist to exchange firearms authorizations and decertification data, it is becoming increasingly evident that emergency management directives will request that POST, Academy and Agency organizations be in a position to provide training, certification and skills data to facilitate effective incident response. An XML standard based upon the vital data resident within the POST organizations would lay the foundation for significant advancements in interoperability.

The 21st Century Law Enforcement Academy

As never before, law enforcement academies and trainers are challenged by the increases in workloads and the complex anti-terrorism and information sharing demands of the post-9/11 world. New initiatives are hindered by lack of clarity and budget constraints, while the threat of litigation requires academies to seek training standardization and quality controls.

Repurposeable Learning Objects Linked to Teaching and Learning Styles

Multimedia learning objects are important components of high quality, technology-mediated instruction. Learning objects allow the student to use the content learned in a particular part of a course and; 1. demonstrate mastery of the content, 2. apply that knowledge to solving a problem, and 3. use the content in a critical thinking exercise that both demonstrates mastery and allows the student to place the content within the context of the larger topic of the course. The difficulty associated with the use of learning objects on a broad scale is that they require programming skills most professors and instructors do not possess.

2020-06-01T15:54:11-04:00December 1st, 2003|Federal, Local & Tribal, State|
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