Producing results quickly and cost-effectively with an agile and outcome driven enterprise approach.
Agile Software Development
Agile software development is a group of software development methods in which requirements and solutions evolve through collaboration between self-organizing, cross-functional teams. It promotes adaptive planning, evolutionary development, early delivery, continuous improvement, and encourages rapid and flexible response to change (Wikipedia).
Our Outcome Driven Approach
Here at Binary, we have taken 18 years’ experience working with Federal and commercial clients on enterprise information technology and information management transformation initiatives, combined with a deep knowledge in agile planning, architecting, and software development, to advance our own outcome driven approach that incorporates agile planning and implementation methods, delivering results on-time and within budget for our customers.
Central to our technical capability is our engagement methodology, an Outcome Driven Enterprise Approach™ (ODEA™), and a team experienced in leveraging it for agile implementation. ODEA™ is incorporated into every project or program to ensure stakeholder coordination and alignment from project initiation to completion. Use of this method has enabled our customers to scope feasible IT/IM projects that deliver products and value quickly by converging diverse stakeholders on a prioritized and realistic set of requirements, and selecting technologies that best enable the agency’s vision against its operational and budget constraints.
Agile Planning and Implementation
Binary helps customers navigate the cultural, acquisition, data silos, and other challenges by adopting a new agile style of incremental IT acquisition, planning, and implementation incorporating our ODEA™ methodology. Figure 1 below illustrates the phases of ODEA™:
- The Discovery phase uses a small set of facilitated workshops to help an agency’s stakeholders quickly identify shared outcomes, prioritize supporting capabilities, and agree on success metrics for an agile project.
- The Decision Strategy phase uses this clear project scope to support focused analysis of legacy and support systems, and determine the feasibility and level of effort needed to realize each capability, so that informed decisions can be made on moving forward to deliver that change.
- The Delivery phase defines the capability as an Epic and sequence it appropriately in the product roadmap, spawning incremental feature delivery in every Sprint to users and stakeholders. Time-boxed agile software development Sprints coupled with DevOps (a rapid software development method with high levels of synchronization between development and operations), automated testing, and rapid deployments are used to execute and refine the next Epic from the roadmap, prototyping, validating, and implementing features, migrating databases, and decommissioning legacy systems.
Our approach allows customers to gain rapid and repeated experience with successful incremental modernization or transformation efforts, and build on this momentum to move forward quickly towards building new systems or improving old ones, and producing results that align with mission goals.
To support agile software delivery, the Scrum Agile development process is integrated into ODEA™. A series of agile “rituals” (structured meetings or activities) are used for managing development projects including: Sprint planning meetings, task breakdown sessions, daily Scrum meetings, backlog grooming, Sprint review meetings, and Sprint retrospective meetings.
An important requirement is to build digital services and web applications on a unified, modern technology stack that includes both the common infrastructure and the development and database technologies that will ensure a robust and enduring application suite for the future. Binary has extensive experience identifying, selecting, planning, and implementing foundational technologies, as well as knowledge of the technology provider market and customer and infrastructure support requirements.
Binary has successfully applied our agile ODEA™ method to rapidly acquire technologies and services, develop modernized systems, leverage new digital and business intelligence technologies, and deploy IT/IM projects for multiple customers, accelerating time to value and mission success.
Web and Mobile Applications to Help Homeless and At Risk Veterans
Binary developed several web and mobile applications using our agile and outcome driven software development approach to improve the health and well-being of homeless and at risk Veterans. Our applications address the broader range of factors shown to impact the health of population groups..
MyCommunityConnections™ is the only customer-centric platform that effectively connect population groups with the most comprehensive source of local health and social service providers, as well as regional and national benefits, education, and information. Binary’s platform enables individuals to find relevant providers and programs through a powerful natural language search engine, and the tools to proactively manage their health and well-being. Through this platform, individuals are empowered to take action on their own behalf, improving outcomes and reducing case management time and costs.
There are many inefficiencies and complex layers in supporting the health and well-being of populations, including poor community collaboration and communication, lack of knowledge of available providers, disparate sources of information scattered across many websites, lack of awareness of benefits and eligibility status, shifting population group needs, ambivalence about seeking care or self-identifying, and many other challenges. Even with increases in resources and budgets, outcomes are not improving.
Binary developed MyCommunityConnections™, a customer-centric platform that enables individuals, and the community of agencies, case managers, service providers, clinicians, and non-profits serving them, to better connect, collaborate, increase awareness about, and quickly locate local and national services, programs, and information to address their needs more rapidly and effectively. Capabilities include:
- Individuals can quickly search and locate relevant healthcare, service providers, organizations, benefit providers, education materials, and information, searchable by location and need.
- Users can provide reviews and ratings.
- Individuals are empowered to proactively manage their care through easy-to-use tools, tracking of progress, and rewards.
- Access is provided from mobile phones, tablet devices, or computers with automatic geo-locationMyCC.JPG enabled for mobile devices; texting capabilities to locate services where access to the Internet is not available.
- Service Providers have self-service accounts to manage information and add new services.
- The user experience can be tailored and customized to meet population group or community needs.
- A secure cloud-based infrastructure that cost-effectively and rapidly scales; APIs to connect other applications and add additional data from other systems.
In March 2012, the VA Center for Innovation launched Project REACH, in collaboration with Jon Bon Jovi and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), to put information about local homelessness resources into the hands of people who can help others in need.
Binary developed HomelessConnections, a mobile-enabled, Veteran-centric solution that enables at-risk and homeless Veterans, and the case managers, service providers, clinicians, and non-profits serving them, as well as administrators and the payer community, to better connect, collaborate, increase awareness about, and quickly locate local services and programs (including mental health services, PTSD care, shelters, food, clothing, legal help, jobs, etc.) to address their needs more rapidly and effectively. HomelessConnections was the first of five solutions selected as finalists and the best technology solution in the Project REACH challenge.
The extensible architecture of the HomelessConnections solution enabled Binary to offer aid to victims of Hurricane Sandy when the massive storm devastated areas of New Jersey and New York. The portal was quickly extended to add temporary shelter and relief services, allowing the victims, emergency responders, volunteers, and community organization staff to quickly locate the closest locations for food, shelter, clothing, medical care, and other services. Mobile texting capability extended the service to victims and responders in areas without power or Internet access.
VA Benefits Assistance and Support System (VA BASS)
Binary supported Atlas Research on their contract from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to create a screening tool for benefits and services, available to VA staff and Veterans. The project helped eligible homeless and at-risk Veterans to rapidly find and obtain mainstream benefits.
Binary extended their HomelessConnections™ platform, delivering an accessible, user-friendly, mobile-enabled web application with local and national entitlement program information, to help Veterans understand and apply for non-VA benefits. The app will allow rapid research about and exploration of any available benefit and the related eligibility rules and documentation requirements that match. The VA BASS solution will be deployed to 21 major cities across the country with more cities planned for 2015. Binary’s platform will enable VA staff to better assist Veterans, so at-risk and homeless Veterans can easily find, apply for, and receive benefits for which they are eligible.
MyCommunityConnections™ is the next generation platform designed for the individual/patron, and can be customized for any community (rural, city) or population group needs, connecting those in need with vital healthcare, services, benefits, education, and information, empowering individuals to proactively improve their health and well-being.