Agile Software Delivery
Thanks to our uniquely human-centered and data-driven Agile DevSecOps playbook, we specialize in consistently delivering business value to our customers while keeping pace with their rapidly evolving mission environments. We focus on the end user and enabling reliable delivery through cutting-edge technology and tools.
Amivero’s approach to software delivery begins with two fundamental questions: Where is our customer going tomorrow? Why? With this foundational understanding of the relationship between objective and motivation, our delivery teams dive deep into our customers’ business environment and culture to identify and define the value that we can bring to their organization—and, more importantly, set them up for success that will last well beyond the scope of our project.
Being human-centered means we listen and collaborate with empathy to discern core challenges, ideate possible solutions, build lean prototypes and pilots to affirm their value, and, finally, build and deliver functioning software using modern technology and DevOps best practices—all with the user in mind.
At its core, human-centered design is about putting people and their problems at the center of IT projects. This means accounting for all people that a software product will impact—including project sponsors, external stakeholders, supervisory staff, and front-line end users—and incorporating their perspectives into all stages of the delivery process. By putting the needs of people first, we are able to build products that provide more value to the mission, faster.
Human-centered design prioritizes continuous investigation and testing, as well as responsiveness to changing needs, and requires consistent and attentive outreach to stakeholders and end users. Contextual interviews, surveys, group brainstorming, design workshops, service mapping, and prototype testing all play a role in eliciting honest feedback and uncovering new areas for innovation. Pairing human-centered design with Lean Agile DevOps practices poises our teams to deliver software products that can truly transform an organization.
Understanding customers’ context and lived problems is a starting point for all Amivero’s projects, but the true value of any Agile project is value delivery. Lean Agile breaks projects down into the smallest value-added units possible in order to allow customers to begin accruing value sooner and build more value over the lifetime of a product. The insights of human-centered design allow Amivero’s skilled product teams to identify the most important areas to improve and target our development efforts to get products into the hands of end users.
Building working software and releasing it to end users reinforces the positive feedback loops established by human-centered design and allows us to adapt to emerging needs or changing business processes more quickly. Product owners are continuously engaged in evaluating new information, prioritizing backlogs, and adjusting product goals. The product team breaks product features into vertical slices, so that every user story can be released independently. Through adherence to Lean Agile principles and incorporation of healthy CI/CD development, our products can consistently deliver value to our customers.
Realizing the full benefits of HCD and Lean Agile processes is best enabled by Continuous Integration and Continuous Deployment (CI/CD) practices. CI/CD allows development teams to deploy changes within days or hours instead of the weeks or months of traditional development. Releasing smaller, more frequent builds improves feedback loops by allowing the development team and stakeholders more opportunities to test and respond to features.
Amivero practices CI/CD by establishing DevOps environments that comply with industry-best cybersecurity standards, use best-of-breed release pipelines, and administer robust automated testing. Our DevOps environments ensure that as code is committed, it is automatically tested for quality, functionality, security, and accessibility. Code issues can be flagged and corrected quickly to prevent the introduction of defects. When code passes our rigorous testing process, our Lean features are available for easy deployment using no-downtime techniques. Taken together, HCD, Lean Agile, and CI/CD improve software delivery by increasing the value of the features delivered to the customer and decreasing implementation time for those features.
CBP Border Enforcement Management Systems
Amivero experts bring a unique human-centered, data driven mind set to portfolio and program management, system and software development, data analysis, cloud and data architecture and design, and DevSecOps across 70 applications.
CBP Cargo Systems
Amivero team members improved CSPD’s SecDevOps practices through the implementation of cybersecurity practices, the establishment of robust automated testing, and the alignment of system roles and access through the management of TLS and SSL.
CBP Office of Accountability
Amivero implemented a quality review process for all products distributed from OACT and created linkages between internal websites and repositories and made project documentation available to all interested stakeholders.
CBP Passenger Systems
Amivero provides application development expertise to the Inspection Processes, Interfaces & Support Processes, Internet Solutions divisions and Arrival and Departure Information System (ADIS) The systems have 14 interfaces providing mission critical information at a rate of over 3.6 million transactions per day.
CBP STAT Support
Amivero utlizes Agile methodologies to conduct analyses of business processes and functions, develop system process flows and requirements, define specifications, and test features in collaboration with users and technical staff for the ACE system.
DHS S&T Directorate Cyber Apex
Utilizing a blend of COTS technology and custom development, Amivero architects and developers created a secure, access-controled full-feature appliation to allow DHS end users to easily provision document access and control future distribution and access to the document.
DOD CIO Support
Amivero provides technical assessments of new technologies that advance capabilities across the portfolio and develops high level CONOPS for new and current technologies outlining key functions, interdependenxies, interfaces and stakeholders.
TSA Customer Relationship Management
Amivero focuses its data-driven efforts on improving HCAccess, the legacy, mission-critical application that processes employee payroll and benefit actions for the agency’s 50,000+ federal employees.
USCIS Outcome Based Delivery and DevOps Services
Amivero provided Agile Scrum Master expertise and facilitated an Agile development team to design, develop, test, and deliver ELIS functionality to its community.