Building Our Systems Delivery Workforce
To stay on the leading edge of revolutionary ideas and innovations, and to provide clients with unsurpassed expertise in areas like systems delivery, Booz Allen relies on our greatest asset and differentiator—our people. Now in our second century, we’re more inventive than ever—our incredibly skilled teams are shattering industry norms and delivering never-before-seen results for clients who must be prepared to develop and launch secure, scalable systems and software development services.
We are one of only 11 Fortune 500 companies to achieve Capability Maturity Model Integration for Development (CMMI-DEV) v1.3 Maturity Level 5 rating. This is the highest benchmark in systems delivery quality management. Only 45 other companies’ organizational units are rated at this level in the US.
Booz Allen employs 3,500 systems delivery practitioners, including more than 350 certified Scrum Masters and Project Management Institute (PMI) Agile Certified Practitioners (PMI-ACP), more than 60 SAFe Agilists (SA), and more than 800 ICAgile Certified Professionals (ICP) trained in the Agile mindset and practices.
One of the ways we invest in our workforce is through our SD University (SDU), which provides access to cutting-edge learning opportunities, events, partnerships, programs, information, curriculums, training, and certifications. SDU ensures that our employees are ready to deliver using modern, state-of-the-art technologies and methods. We’ve built comprehensive curriculums and learning paths in areas such as Agile, DevOps, mobile, cloud, and analytic development. Embedded in the SDU curriculum is Booz Allen’s consultative approach to delivering software systems, which drives a consistent level of quality across our business by establishing expected processes and tried-and-true delivery practices.
Acquiring New Dimensions in Our Systems Delivery Workforce
With a renewed strategic focus on strengthening and expanding the firm's technical capabilities—including expansion of our systems delivery business―Booz Allen acquired the 270-person software services unit SPARC in 2015. Located in Charleston, SC, SPARC is now an Agile Systems Delivery Hub of Booz Allen, providing software development services for government and commercial clients by combining forward-thinking technology and engaging team members.
“We’ve been able to add new dimensions to the systems delivery work we’ve been doing for 40 years,” says Principal Dan Tucker. “Joining forces with SPARC has allowed us to augment our team and grow our capabilities to meet the resounding demand for contemporary methodologies and technical expertise we’re seeing in the marketplace.”
The integration has positioned Booz Allen squarely at the forefront, bringing clients a powerful convergence of strengths in consulting, program and acquisition management, analytics, and information assurance, as well as advanced skills in engineering and systems delivery, including modern agile and DevOps methods. Leveraging our now combined services and diverse skills has helped Booz Allen expand existing client relationships and secure new business. The now aligned SPARC and Booz Allen prowess has already been integrated into some of the firm’s systems delivery work with the Department of Veterans Affairs, the U.S. Navy, and other clients, including the Office of Personnel Management and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“One of the driving differentiators is Agile software development methodology,” Dan says. “Having worked with SPARC, we knew their singular ability to do this at scale; they were involved in one of the largest agile software development implementations in the Federal Government. When we look at our pipeline and where agencies are going, Booz Allen can now help clients take these lean development practices and use them agency-wide, institutionalizing this way of delivering systems. It’s ground breaking.”
Employer of Choice for Tech Talent
Uniting with SPARC to provide cutting-edge systems delivery has not only changed how the firm uses agile methods to accelerate secure, innovative delivery but also elevated Booz Allen’s brand and position as a systems delivery services provider and employer for top tech talent. In the past, software developers who may not have seen themselves in a traditional management consultancy now recognize Booz Allen as a leader in agile and DevOps techniques and a place where they can infuse cutting-edge, innovative technologies to drive adoption and success for clients.
Merging SPARC’s forward-thinking technology capabilities with Booz Allen’s ability to deliver leading-edge tech solutions―while advancing the firm’s long-term growth strategy—has been a monumental milestone, furthering our ability to make visionary ideas world-changing realities for clients across the government and commercial sectors.
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