Success Stories

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Agile Training, IRS

In recent years, the IRS has implemented FATCA which stands for the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act. FATCA is a United States legislation that primarily aims to prevent tax evasion by US taxpayers by using non-US financial institutions and offshore investment instruments. With FATCA being one of the agency’s largest implementation projects, the IRS seeks to provide repeatable, industry-best practices, by adhering to, among others, Agile methodology. To this end, Springforward conducted Agile training for the FATCA PMO and its staff. This two-day course, The Introduction to Agile, explored the methodologies and practices of Agile development and explained the key concepts and principles that form the foundation of Agile project management. After completing the course participants were able to:

  • Define Agile development and differentiate it from traditional Waterfall practices
  • Identify the similarities and differences among several Agile methodologies
  • Describe the stages of the Agile development cycle and identify the factors that promote project success
  • Understand the nuances of leading and working with Agile teams
  • Apply best practices from organizations that have successfully incorporated Agile methodologies into their business activities

Participants provided favorable feedback after the class, stating:

quotation-marks-230x202Great! One of the best classes that I have been in as a student.”

“Instructor was very knowledgeable and very patient with questions throughout the class.”

“The class was very informative and interactive. I really enjoyed this class.”

“Great course. I learned a lot and the instructor kept the class interesting and informative. Look forward to taking more course taught by [Springforward instructor] Tom.”

Enterprise Systems Testing, IRS

In 2015-2016, Springforward provided the IRS consulting and IT support services to assist the Enterprise Systems Testing (EST) organization in designing, implementing, and integrating industry government best practice test strategies to support the Software Development Life Cycle phases as they relate to major IRS programs and initiatives such as the ACA, RRP, FATCA, Web Applications, On-Line Services, etc. Our services include creating and updating testing plans, testing guidelines, and program and policy documents related to EST. Work was successfully performed on time, within budget, and according to customer specifications.

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Training and Support Services, PBGC

In 2015-2016, Springforward provided PBGC SharePoint curriculum development and training for two audiences: General User and Site Administrator. Our team collaborated with customer to identify the scope of the work and time frame for delivery, developed a project plan and gained agreement and final approval for course topics, facilitated a pilot for both audiences, revised and updated the plan with subject matter experts and certified trainers, and provided classroom-based, web, and CBT SharePoint training for General Users. Work was successfully performed on time, within budget, and according to customer specifications.

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