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Scaling Agile Development in Large-Scale Embedded Projects

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Scaling Agile Development in Large-Scale Embedded Projects
Luca Ingianni

This presentation dives into the nuances of applying agile methodologies in the complex and demanding field of large-scale embedded systems. This talk is specifically tailored to address the multifaceted challenges that professionals face when scaling agile practices in large-scale projects, ranging from the technical (what does a multi-team embedded CI/CD pipeline look like?) to issues of team structure and product architecture.

The first part of the presentation lays the groundwork by exploring the fundamental principles of agile development and the common challenges encountered when scaling these methodologies in large-scale projects. It sets the stage for a deeper exploration into the specific challenges and solutions pertinent to embedded systems development, a field characterized by its unique blend of hardware and software integration, functional safety issues, and often complex regulatory requirements.

The talk then transitions to a focused discussion on the integration of agile practices in embedded systems. This includes an examination of how DevOps, as one of the many strategies in agile development, can be effectively implemented in such environments. The aim here is to provide attendees with actionable insights and strategies that are specifically tailored to the unique environment of embedded systems.

Lastly, we lead the conversation back to the agile mantra of focusing on value – which is easier said than done. The talk introduces the concept of value streams to understand who takes part in value creation, and how, and extends it to value loops – explicitly closing feedback loops to enable pursuit of value.

The attendants should gain understanding of the challenges of scaling agile to larger endeavors, and what to pay attention to in order to be successful.

Key Topics:

  1. Overview of Scaling Agile Development: Understanding the foundational principles and common challenges in scaling agile processes in large-scale projects.
  2. Scaling Agile in Embedded Systems: Delving into the specific challenges and considerations unique to embedded systems development, including hardware-software integration and compliance with safety standards.
  3. It’s Called Conway’s Law, not Conway’s Suggestion: On the pitfalls an intricacies interaction between architecture and team structure in larger product organizations.
  4. Role of DevOps in Agile Embedded Systems: Discussing how DevOps principles can enhance agile methodologies in embedded systems, as one of the many strategies employed.
  5. Value, Value Streams, and Value Loops: Re-focusing the conversation to what actually counts: creating value for the users, as quickly and reliably as we can.
  6. Real-World Case Studies: Analyzing successful applications of agile methodologies, including DevOps, in large-scale embedded system projects, providing practical examples of implementation and outcomes.

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Score: 0 | 2 months ago | no reply

Very interesting and love both of your podcasts!

Score: 0 | 2 months ago | no reply

This is an amazing presentation. This topic and its discussion is often obscure and foreign when it comes to embedded software development. Luca cuts through this with great insights and the voice of experience.
I have a question.
For those in the trenches, given the amount of collective and corporate commitment needed to transform and to do agile scaling. How to help the way there? how to aid in getting the buy-in for the commitment as an individual? how/where to start sewing seeds?
Thank you, Luca!