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Agile Methods in Safety-Critical Applications
Presenter: Nancy van Schooenderwoert “I’d use Agile for any project, but not if it has a hard deadline or is safety-critical.” Have you ever heard this? In this presentation, Nancy V. will show you why Agile should be the first approach to turn to when failure is just NOT an option! Even when hardware is involved, even when the product is heavily regulated – as in the medical device world. How can development handle differences between hardware and software like: • Much longer h/w cycle times • Deeper specialization of team members, which limits task sharing • Much higher costs for h/w rework When life and safety are at stake, Agile’s iterative nature is a standout: • Regulators say risk identification and mitigation should be done iteratively • Documentation captured at sprint demos, and automatically is fine for regulatory needs Real teams have found ways to get the benefits of Agile practices for hardware/ software development, and additional benefits they didn’t even expect! Nancy will show examples of varying degrees of collaboration between software and other disciplines, from industry and from her own experience as an electronics designer and software engineer on safety-critical product development. She will make recommendations based on Agile and Lean concepts, and on her 15 years’ work as an independent Agile coach. About Nancy van Schooenderwoert Nancy is President and Principal Coach at Lean-Agile Partners. She was among the first to apply Agile methods to embedded systems development. As an engineer, manager, and consultant, she has led Agile change initiatives for software and hardware projects in safety-critical, highly regulated industries, including aerospace, factory automation, medical devices, defense systems, and financial services.


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Respond by: 7/19/2018

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