The 2019 Air Force IT Conference was one of the first times BESPIN was able to showcase the work our small but mighty team was doing to a broader audience. Working from a small office at the Small Business Resource Center in Montgomery, a team of 10 worked on an application that was demonstrated to the Secretary of the Air Force at AFITC.
Since last year’s conference, BESPIN has moved into its own offices in downtown Montgomery, grown to a team of more than 100, and worked on more than a dozen applications and projects for the Air Force.
Even though the 2020 Air Force IT Conference was virtual, BESPIN wanted to show off the hard work and success we’ve achieved. If you missed this year’s conference, watch our team’s presentations below:
Delali Dzirasa with BESPIN vendor partner Fearless talks about the importance of Agile.
Agile isn’t something you buy, it’s a mindset that oftentimes doesn’t make it past the production floor into the rest of the organization.
Moving from an idea to a product is a tricky process, which is why agile is all about constant communication and refinement. This collaborative approach keeps everyone on the same page about what needs to be built from day one, and this leads to faster development, lower costs, and higher quality end-products that actually meet users’ needs. Agile adoption doesn't work if only management is on board and it definitely doesn’t work if only the production floor is involved.
Agile is all about working with your team to achieve your sprint goals, and for this system to
function, everyone must be along for the ride or you’re going to hit blocks along the way.
Come learn why your culture is hurting the ability for your agile teams to deliver.
Airman Jonathan Wolf shares the story of the CV-22 TOLD calculator at the virtual 2020 AFITC.
The CV-22 TOLD (Take-Off and Landing Data) performance calculator, an iOS application, provides pilots, flight engineers, and special missions aviators (SMAs) with the information they need to make decisions about flying quickly. The application was initially developed at Hurlburt Field by TSgt Teel, he and his team led the proof of concept and laid the groundwork BESPIN was then able to build off of to take the application to enterprise capability. The BESPIN modernized the application under the most recent iOS development practices and frameworks. Throughout the app's development, there have been many challenges, including its distribution, but the CV-22 App is on track to be the first app ever privately published on an experimental Apple Account, spearheading the Air Force and DOD Agile Initiative on the iOS platform.
Shashank Khandelwal with BESPIN vendor partner Skylight Digital talks about how BESPIN build culture through bi-weekly demo days.
At BESPIN, we value working software over comprehensive documentation. Every two weeks on Thursday, we get together and demo our work to each other. We use this time to build our culture of celebrating our wins, showing our work, and getting excited about progress. Come learn about how demo back-end command line work, design work, wireframes, and sometimes even make rap videos (culture eats strategy for breakfast). Learn about the value of demos, and how you should implement these in your organization.
Lt. Kyle Taylor and Eric Wilson discuss Drudonna.
The Drudonna program aspires to train and mentor Airmen in developing mobile applications so that they can solve operational needs within their own squadrons. Having this organic mobile development capability for Airmen allows the Air Force to reduce its dependency on outside vendors, as well accelerate the process for developing mobile applications. This leads to significantly lower costs while also building a valuable internal capability. The program consists of two phases: training and mentoring. Big Nerd Ranch teaches a 3-week course on iOS development designed for aspiring iOS programmers. Airmen then move directly into developing a mission-driven iOS application or major feature set for an existing iOS application. The mentoring enables Drudonna participants to begin building iOS applications or features and gives them the confidence to continue on their programming journey.
BESPIN's Wing Feedback Application team walks you through using Flutter.
Flutter is an open-source UI software development kit created by Google. It is used to develop applications for Android, iOS, Linux, Mac, Windows, Google Fuchsia and the web from a single codebase. The first version of Flutter was known as codename "Sky" and ran on the Android operating system.
Mike Lanciano with BESPIN vendor partner Clarity gives an overview of the Secure Mobile Pipeline for BESPIN the Mobile Center of Excellence.
Mobile Delivery as a Service(MDaaS) and the BESPIN secure mobile pipeline are about embracing team autonomy and ownership while establishing the guardrails and repeatable processes needed for delivery to production. Teams are given the tooling they need to focus on their mission with security baked in from the onset. These tools reduce delivery risks and build the proper integration points for the technical components to align with the procedural requirements of an organization. The secure mobile pipeline helps build team maturity allowing for teams to take more and more ownership of their paths to production as they adopt DevSecOps and demonstrate their proficiency to execute in AF environments.
Ryan Ganser and Kevin Wilson with BESPIN vendor partner Fearless discuss product management vs project management.
Are your teams working on solving the right problems? Or are you treating the side effects or symptoms of issues? Developing successful products starts with solving the right problems and building a solid product vision. Learn how to define the problem, build a product vision, measure success, and create value for your business and end-users.
Change your management style and initiatives from project management to product management to create greater value faster, matching industry and digital enterprise best practices we need.
Our approach is focused on your product’s vision and making sure that all efforts are measured against the success of achieving that vision.