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Luca Ingianni

Luca Ingianni is a co-founder at vempio GmbH, where he tries to share his experience as an engineer to bring successful agile development practices to his clients' teams as an agile coach and trainer.

After receiving a Master's degree in mechanical engineering at TU Dresden, he started his career testing helicopter avionics. Since then, he has been part of many teams (frequently in the safety-critical embedded domain), and observed many approaches to engineering practice.

His advocacy for properly applied agile is a result of his experiences, good and bad, at these many teams and coming to the conclusion that agile isn't just a nice theory, but necessary (and rigorous) engineering practice.

He is also co-host of the Agile Embedded podcast, where he evangelizes pragmatic agile practices for developing embedded systems.

Scaling Agile Development in Large-Scale Embedded Projects

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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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Live Q&A - Scaling Agile Development in Large-Scale Embedded Projects

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How to do Embedded Development in an Agile Way

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Agile: what is it, and what isn't it -- you might think that this topic would be settled by now, but the debate seems to be increasing if anything.  I've encountered many doubts about whether agile makes sense for embedded in the first place, and how to apply its principles.

So in this talk I'll try to summarise how to understand agile, and how to apply it in the embedded domain.

  • What's the mindset and philosophy behind Agile (I promise, it's not sprints)
  • Should you be using agile in the first place?
  • How can you possibly apply it in physical products?
  • How does it work in regulated, i.e. safety-critical contexts?
  • How can you convince your coworkers, your managers -- and perhaps even yourself, to give it a try?
  • Where should I start, and who do I need to ask for permission?

I'll also try to address the most frequent doubts, criticisms and especially misunderstandings of agile, particularly as applied to embedded systems.

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