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The ACT-IAC DevOps Working Group defines DevOps as “an operational philosophy and culture that includes tools, automation, processes, and practices to enable collaboration among everyone involved in building and running systems.  DevOps also leverages lean principles, such as: flow, feedback, and continuous improvement to eliminate silos and move the developer closer to end-users resulting in continuous delivery of business value to customers." 

ACT-IAC created the Agile/DevOps Working Group to identify and explore the culture, practice, and tools needed to increase the government's ability to deliver applications and services at a faster pace than using traditional software development and infrastructure management processes. This speed will enable the government to better serve their customers and fulfill their mission.

The purpose of this project is to increase understanding of DevOps across the federal through providing information and resources to enhance culture, automation, learning, measures, and information sharing. The Working Group is tasked to developing a playbook and white papers in order to better educate government OITs, Program Managers, and Acquisition professionals on principles of DevOps.

Project Approach:

  • Conduct independent research on best practices for the use of DevOps in the public and private sector.
  • Conduct interviews with mission, program practitioners, and industry experts including ACT-IAC members, sponsors, and partners.
  • Prepare white papers and playbook to include initiatives, best practices, and recommendations particularly those that apply to federal civilian agencies to include CFO Act and Small agencies.


ACT-IAC DevOps Primer: Case Studies and Best Practices Across Government (published February 19, 2020)
ACT-IAC DevOps Forum Navigating Your DevOp Journey: "The value to a successful outcome" (February 20, 2020)



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Group Project Deliverables

Deliverable Name Deliveable Type Expected/Actual Deliverable Completion
DevOps Primer White Paper February 2019
DevOps Primer 2.0 White Paper December 2021
Project/Activity Status: 
In Progress
Expected/Actual Project Completion: 
Dec 31, 2020
Emerging Technology