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SLI Launches New Agile QA Methodology, SpARC™, at Medicaid Systems Conference

Friday, August 15, 2014   (0 Comments)
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SLI Launches New Agile QA Methodology, SpARC™, at Medicaid Systems Conference

SLI’s Government Solutions has launched SpARC™, a proprietary methodology for assessing the quality and maturity of Agile/SCRUM processes and projects in regulated environments. SpARC™, which stands for “SLI Process for Agile in a Regulated Context”, is being released in conjunction with this year’s Medicaid Enterprise Systems Conference being held at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, CO 
August 18th through the 21st. SLI’s SVP of Government Solutions, Steve Esposito, along with Director of Operations, Robert Tafoya, will be officially unveiling the new methodology in an industry session during the MESC conference on Tuesday, August 19th at 3:00PM in Room 702. SpARC™ will also be presented at SLI’s exhibition booth #33 throughout the conference.

SpARC™, as a component of SLI’s ISO Certified Quality Management Framework, SQM3, is designed to enhance the quality assurance activities on government software development projects where Agile is deployed. Most IV&V and QA methodologies are designed to assess traditional Waterfall system development lifecycle processes and products, even as new iterative SDLC’s like Agile are increasingly becoming the norm. Federal certification and State oversight requirements rely on documentation and deliverables that are typical to a Waterfall approach but are not Agile work products, often causing a disconnect between Agile Development and Federal/State oversight. SpARC™ is designed to bridge that gap and re-connect development and oversight by following specific guidelines and verifying a project’s maturity levels in five key Agile process area domains.

To learn more about SpARC™ and SLI’s solutions for regulated environments, please visit “On several of our recent projects providing IV&V/QA services where Agile Software Development is being used, our teams identified a gap between what artifacts were being generated by the Agile Development Team and what we needed to perform our IV&V/QA services,” said Steve Esposito. “SpARC™ was developed to use Agile processes and work products as the primary source for assessing the quality and maturity of an on-going Agile Development project. With SpARC™, Agile Development Teams are not required to create documentation solely for oversight consumption. SpARC™ is configured to assess Agile projects in the context of MITA 3.0 and CMS 7 Conditions and Standards.” In addition to the SpARC™ presentation, Steve Esposito and Robert Tafoya will be conducting another industry session along with Ann Wiebers from the State of Iowa’s Human Services Administration.

This session, titled Agile Development Oversight: Managing Project Quality, will also address strategies for effectively governing and managing risk and creating an environment where Agile and project oversight can coexist and thrive. About SLI Global Solutions: Since 1996, SLI Global Solutions has been helping customers manage their technology risks and investments. SLI has earned an ISO 9001:2008 certification for its Quality Management Systems and ISO 17025 accreditation for all laboratory work. SLI provides software testing, quality assurance (QA), and independent verification and validation (IV&V) for government agency and commercial clients that are based upon our proprietary quality management framework, SQM3. SLI Global Solutions is a nationally recognized partner with State and Local Government agencies and has worked extensively with CMS and State Medicaid agencies to provide IV&V, QA, and Testing services to mission critical Medicaid IT projects. SLI’s recent Medicaid portfolio includes oversight of MMIS replacement projects in Iowa, North Carolina, North Dakota, and Washington. SLI brings a deep understanding of MITA and CMS Certification requirements and processes. Additionally, SLI is experienced in performing MITA State Self-Assessments and ICD-10 assessments. SLI has also been authorized by the US Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the National Coordinator as an Accredited Test Lab (ONC-ATL) to perform complete Electronic Health Record (EHR) and/or EHR Module testing. SLI has conducted over 100 accreditation tests of EHR systems. For more information, please visit

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