Map Production and Geoinformation Management

Production Systems

6202.2 - Use of Agile Development Methodology to Enable the 3D Elevation Program; 'The Process Behind the Process'

Thursday, July 6
10:50 AM - 11:10 AM
Location: Delaware B

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Geospatial Technical Operations Center (NGTOC) has adopted Agile methodology to improve its ability to support the necessary technical enhancements and maintenance of The National Map (TNM). These initial agile management practices took two years to implement, but the research and development staff continue to push for continuous improvement in how their work is accomplished.

The NGTOC provides the essential support for the acquisition and management of trusted geospatial data, products, and services through world-class geospatial technical expertise and customer service for the U.S. Geological Survey and the Nation. Agile methodology was adopted to ensure NGTOC can accomplish its goals despite technical hurdles and limited resources. Agile methodology has provided a framework for the creation of development teams, which have improved our ability to innovate, improved the quality of our code, and improved the ability to commit to short term technical accomplishments. Agile methodology has also helped improve the transparency of our development activity, providing stakeholders with a clearer picture of current status of work and projected outcomes. Overall, this management paradigm has helped ensure that NGTOC will continue to enhance and maintain the highest priority technical work associated with TNM.

Agile methodology helped ensure NGTOC’s success in building the 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) operational capability, thus effectively replacing the legacy National Elevation Dataset (NED). Throughout the process of building 3DEP, Agile development methodology helped facilitate improvements in the systems responsible for processing elevation data into consistent products, and ultimately, sped up the release of elevation products from a quarterly schedule to being released on a continual basis. Agile methodology is enabling NGTOC to provide the system enhancements necessary to meet ever more aggressive multi-year goals, and the ability to adapt to improving industry technologies.

This presentation will provide an overview and context of how and why Agile methodology was adopted. The presentation will also provide an example of how Agile methodology improved the performance of a specific development project.

Brian Fox

Systems Development Branch Chief
National Geospatial Technical Operations Center (NGTOC), U.S. Geological Survey

Brian Fox is currently the Systems Development Branch Chief for USGS’s National Geospatial Technical Operations Center (NGTOC) where he oversees development activity in support of The National Map. Prior to leading NGTOC's Systems Development Branch, Brian supported the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency in a variety of roles, including joint military assignments in the United States and overseas. He holds an undergraduate degree in Geography from the University of Minnesota and a Masters degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Missouri - Saint Louis.

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Drew Lane

Elevation Systems Project Manager
National Geospatial Technical Operations Center (NGTOC), U.S. Geological Survey

Drew Lane is the Elevation Systems Project Manager for the U.S. Geological Survey's National Geospatial Technical Operations Center (NGTOC). His team is responsible the development & maintenance of all systems dealing with the 3D Elevation Program, from initial QC to producing derived products & services. Drew's background includes various roles in providing geospatial support to both science and defense organizations. Drew holds an undergraduate degree in Biology from Drury University and earned a Masters degree in Natural Resource Ecology and Management from Oklahoma State University.

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Amanda J. Lowe

Geographer
U.S. Geological Survey

Amanda Lowe is a Geographer with the U.S. Geological Survey, National Geospatial Program. She is the workflow coordinator for operational systems responsible for performing quality control, product generation and distribution of elevation data for the 3D Elevation Program. She holds a MS in Geographic Information Science from Northwest Missouri State University and a MS in Applied and Environmental Biology from Missouri University of Science and Technology.

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