Entries Tagged as 'Agile '

Applying Agile at-Scale for Mission-Critical Software-Reliant Systems

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By Douglas C. Schmidt
Principal Researcher

Douglas C. SchmidtWhile agile methods have become popular in commercial software development organizations, the engineering disciplines needed to apply agility to mission-critical software-reliant systems are not as well defined or practiced. To help bridge this gap, the SEI recently hosted the Agile Research Forum, which brought together researchers and practitioners from around the world to discuss when and how to best apply agile methods in the mission-critical environments found in government and many industries. This blog posting, the first in a multi-part series, highlights key ideas and issues associated with applying agile methods to address the challenges of complexity, exacting regulations, and schedule pressures that were presented during the forum.

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Rapid Lifecycle Development in an Agile Context

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By Robert Nord,
Senior Member of the Technical Staff
Research, Technology, & System Solutions

Robert NordNew acquisition guidelines from the Department of Defense (DoD) aimed at reducing system lifecycle time and effort is encouraging the adoption of Agile methods. There is a general lack, however, of practical guidance on how to employ Agile methods effectively for DoD acquisition programs. This blog posting describes our research on providing software and systems architects with a decision making framework for reducing integration risk with Agile methods, thereby reducing the time and resources needed for related work.

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Toward Agile Strategic Planning

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By Linda Parker Gates
Senior Member of the Technical Staff
Acquisition Support Program

Linda Parker GatesThe appeal of Agile or lightweight development methods has grown steadily in the software development community.  Having spent a number of years investigating strategic planning approaches, I’ve recently been thinking about whether Agile principles can be—and should be—applied to strategic planning.  This blog post examines the applicability of Agile principles to strategic planning.

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An Overview of the SEI Technologies Forum

Acquisition , Agile , Cloud Computing , CMMI , Insider Threat , Operational Resilience , Resilience Management Model (RMM) , Smart Grid Maturity Model , Team Software Process (TSP) No Comments »

By Douglas C. Schmidt
Visiting Scientist

We use the SEI Blog to inform you about the latest work at the SEI, so this week I'm summarizing some video presentations recently posted to the SEI website from the SEI Technologies Forum. This virtual event held in late 2011 brought together participants from more than 50 countries to engage with SEI researchers on a sample of our latest work, including cloud computing, insider threat, Agile development, software architecture, security, measurement, process improvement, and acquisition dynamics. This post includes a description of all the video presentations from the first event, along with links where you can view the full presentations on the SEI website.

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Using Agile Effectively in DoD Environments

Acquisition , Agile , Technical Debt 7 Comments »

By Mary Ann Lapham
Senior Member of the Technical Staff
Acquisition Support Program

Mary Ann LaphamOver the past several years, the SEI has explored the use of Agile methods in DoD environments, focusing on both if and when they are suitable and how to use them most effectively when they are suitable. Our research has approached the topic of Agile methods both from an acquisition and a technical perspective. Stephany Bellomo described some of our experiences in previous blog posts What is Agile? and Building a Foundation for Agile. This post summarizes a project the SEI has undertaken to review and study Agile approaches, with the goal of developing guidance for their effective application in DoD environments.

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