May 31, 2022

A Key Component to the Success of the Small Agency/IT Contractor Relationship: Cultural Understanding and Agility

Small agencies and bureaus manage billions of dollars and have missions integral to Federal government operations and services for the citizens of the United States. While Cabinet-level Departments often have tens of thousands of employees, the vital work done by…
May 4, 2022

TCG is Now an Atlassian Silver Solution Partner

TCG is happy to announce that the company has been recognized as an Atlassian Silver Solution Partner and Government Verified Partner. Atlassian’s tools will help TCG in its mission to deliver a more efficient, transparent, and ethical government. Atlassian tools power…
November 10, 2021

Integrated DevSecOps with separate Federal Dev and Ops contractors? Yes, it can be done.

by Dr. Robert Buccigrossi, TCG CTO DevSecOps offers great potential for improving Federal IT practice by integrating development, security, and production performance as shared goals of a single IT team. The overall philosophy is that a unified team will naturally embrace practices…
November 9, 2021

Will We Make the Sprint? Simulate it with Monte Carlo!

by Dr. Robert Buccigrossi, TCG CTO Piquing My Interest – When I read the title “How to replace estimations and guesses with a Monte Carlo simulation”, I got really excited: Of course I would love to learn how to avoid project estimation! While the…
July 29, 2021

Filling a Gap in Federal DevSecOps

Keeping your entire organization focused on security with one data visualization tool. As shown by recent security breaches such as the Solarwinds hack and the ransomware attack on the Colonial Pipeline, effectively managing security vulnerabilities is important and difficult. But…
July 27, 2021

The Rise of “Simple” Kubernetes

by Dr. Robert Buccigrossi, TCG CTO Canonical (the organization behind Ubuntu Linux) has just announced MicroK8s (Micro-Kubernetes). Why should we care? Containers Can Make Deployment Easier — Well, speaking as a system administrator, setting up and managing machines is a pain, whether…
July 20, 2021

Using DevOps Principles to Modernize and Migrate a Legacy System to the Cloud

Supporting the NIH funded NITRC project led by the University of Massachusetts Medical School, TCG migrated the project website and neuroscience research tool to the cloud in 2020. NITRC is the central hub for neuroimaging scientists to collaborate and share…
June 23, 2021

Agile certifications — what will take you to the next level?

By Tige Nishimoto, TCG Program Manager Scrum Master certification is the most in-demand Agile certification on the marketplace, but it’s quickly becoming table stakes as Agile is expanding beyond IT and DevOps, according to Stephen Townsend, Director for Network Programs…
January 27, 2021

Strategies for Making Agile Process and Design Thinking Work Together

For many years, designers and developers have been debating the compatibility of user-centered design principles and Agile development processes. In 2018, one of the foremost experts on user centered design, Don Norman, said “the new Agile programming methods are very…
October 5, 2020

Using Agile Tools for Complex Workflows Outside Software Development

Jira Software from Atlassian is used by over 65,000 Agile development teams at companies such as Spotify, Cisco, AirBnB, and many others, including TCG. It is the industry standard for planning, tracking, and releasing development projects. It offers capabilities for…