Balancing Risk with Speed in the Transformation of Government Business—Kyle McNiff, Raytheon

October 12, 2018

Raytheon has long served civil, defense, and cybersecurity customers, and Kyle McNiff, Chief Engineer for Mission Support and Modernization at Raytheon, talks to Pivotal’s Jeff Kelly about how the company’s work with all customers is being fundamentally transformed by software—or what McNiff calls the "software-ization" of the entire business. 

McNiff explains how Raytheon is tackling the inherent challenges of working with governments to balance conventional approaches to risk with experimentation, faster deployments and helping agencies adapt hierarchies to empower teams and work across silos.

He also covers Raytheon's own cultural transition to agile methods in order to meet customer needs faster. McNiff talks on leaning into test-driven development, user-centered design, and working across silos—and how that has helped teams cut their stories in half, while embracing a Pivotal Ready Architecture has provided the foundation for automation, and faster software deployments. He notes how the company's core expertise in cyber analytics and cyber automation are helping governments create new, modern security frameworks, and how Raytheon is focused on attracting great tech talent.

 
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