Flexion was awarded a competitive task order to provide a Foundational Components team that would be responsible for the overall quality, security, reliability, delivery, and efficiency of the QPP platform. This team of DevSecOps and site reliability engineers currently provides technical decision-making recommendations, develops common components, advocates for cross-product technical continuity, and serves as embedded liaisons (ELs) for several different QPP application development teams. This approach allows us to quickly establish trust within the development teams, while also providing hands-on expertise to help them quickly solve complex problems.
We’ve created mechanisms for this 200-person, multi-vendor program to enable emergent design and decision-making for each product team, while meeting CMS architectural and security requirements and maintaining CMS oversight of the overall platform.
As part of CMS’s scaled-agile framework (SAFe) methodology, we’ve led a feature architecture process to help better define the technical architecture required for creating new features. We’ve also implemented a technical decision log process to help individual teams escalate cross-team or critical technical decisions to the technical leaders across the program.