Agile, Lean, and Iterative Development: An Executive Brief - Defense Industry
This practical, information-packed executive seminar summarizes the key research, business case, ideas, values and practices of agile and iterative methods, aimed at senior leadership. This is a high-impact guide for executives to agile and iterative methods: what they are, how they work, how to implement them – and why you should.
A number of large USA defense contracts, such as Lockheed-Martin (LM), have been involved in a transition to agile development for some years. I am grateful to have been asked by LM to help kick off their adoption, and to have participated in several of their annual internal Agile Development Conferences. In addition, I have researched the background of USA DoD standards related to sequential life cycle versus iterative life cycle and agile development. Further, I have a background in CMM and CMMI. As such, in this seminar, I help defense industry leaders understand the landscape of defense standards and activities in relation to agile and/or lean product development.
Using statistically significant research and case studies, agile thoughtleader Craig Larman presents a convincing case for agile methods. Larman offers a concise, dense summary of the key ideas that drive all agile methods, with a focus on the most popular agile method: Scrum. Where, appropriate, there will also be an emphasis on scaling agile methods to large (for example, a 500 person product) systems involving multi-site development, and on large enterprise agile transformations – as these are his specialties.
Methods of Education
Discussion, presentation, Q&A.
This exploration of modern software management best practices is appropriate for anyone guiding, managing, or in a software development team.
Introductory: This course introduces concepts and techniques that the attendee will not apply during the session.
- Introduce Agile Methods and Lean Principles
- Analyze outcomes of projects that have used Agile Methods
- Convey the key principles in the new software development game
- Compelling evidence that agile and iterative methods reduce risk and increase ROI
- Frequent misconceptions
- Frequently asked questions
- Agile values and practices
- Scrum: the most widely used agile method
- Increasing alignment between R&D and customer; increasing value with Scrum
- Value-driven and feature-driven adaptive iterative development
- Increasing transparency and predictability with agile methods
- Lean Thinking in agile methods
- Short cycle time, small batches, low WIP
- Relentless improvement in Scrum
- Leading the transformation: adoption and rollout
- New management roles and skills in Scrum
- Organizational and team structure changes
- Agile product management and changes in planning
- Scaling agile methods for large, offshore, or multi-site system
- Estimation, scheduling, and fixed-price contracts
- Creating a deep learning culture through Scrum
- Scrum and CMMi
Environment - Room, Tools, Texts
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