Our government customers’ mission requirements are hard precisely because of the ways they differ from otherwise similar problems in industry or academia. For example, when the U.S. military launches an operation, it faces adversaries who actively seek to break any assumptions a commander might make—and there are no second chances.
Breaking New GroundEngility’s teams, carefully built from diverse skillsets, are well suited to tackle those especially tricky challenges by taking an engineering approach. They bring any method, from any field, to bear on a problem if it helps get the job done. In fact, our methodologists will often have to invent a new technique to take advantage of the mission-specific knowledge held by our subject matter experts.
In one recent instance, Engility designed and implemented a novel algorithm to solve a decade-old problem to which the customer had previously dedicated multiple staff without success. In fewer than six months of developer time, we were able to deliver a solution by (1) deploying methodologists in interdisciplinary teams, (2) contributing their unique perspectives, skills and experiences to the search for solutions, and (3) working closely with the customer and partners to ensure that the solution would have maximum mission impact.
We call our approach Methodology Engineering: digging deep into the core of a technical problem, finding out what makes it unique, and designing a specialized solution to take advantage of those lessons. As a result, Engility methodologists have repeatedly been the first to solve entire categories of problems for which no off-the-shelf solution existed.
Modern computing is complicated, but here are a few useful definitions:
Techniques mirroring or mimicking an aspect of human thought, particularly including self-improvement with experience.
An interdisciplinary field combining elements of machine learning, data analytics, big data and cloud computing.