IFTDSS is Agile!

We are developing IFTDSS by prescribing to the Agile Development Principles. Agile describes a set of principles for software development under which requirements and solutions evolve through the collaborative effort of self organizing functional teams. It advocates adaptive planning, evolutionary development, early delivery and continuous improvement, and it encourages rapid and flexible response to change.

In short, agile development allows us to iterate quickly to produce functionality that our users need when they need it. With a focus on a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) the development team works to build the application leveraging User Stories that come from you, the user.

The Wildland Fire Management RD&A Program is responsible for the oversight of the development process and the group has contracted with IBM to build the IFTDSS app. After a fairly short amount of time the development team has meshed with the support team and the design team to create a powerful workforce to deliver functionality to out users. This collaborative environment allows us to respond to change rapidly and turn ideas into software quickly.

Henry Bastian

Project Manager

DOI Office of Wildland Fire

Caroline Noble

IFTDSS Technical Lead - USFS

Wildland Fire Management RD&A

Kim Ernstrom

IFTDSS Technical Lead - DOI

Wildland Fire Management RD&A

Brianna Schueller

IFTDSS Technical Lead - USFS

Wildland Fire Management RD&A

Ben Butler

GIS Specialist

Wildland Fire Management RD&A

Andrew Bailey

Data Manager

Wildland Fire Management RD&A

Nicole Vaillant

IFTDSS Technical Lead - USFS

Wildland Fire Management RD&A

Josh Hyde

Technology Transfer Specialist

University of Idaho


This project is a team effort, the entire WFM RD&A program has played a key role in making IFTDSS possible.


We are pleased to be partnering with the IBM Team in Boulder, CO for development of the IFTDSS application.