Success Patterns in for building Cyber-Physical Systems with Agile

Agile practices have empirically shown to increase adaptability, reduce lead times, reduce cost, increase quality, and increase employee morale for small software application teams. Scaled Agile expanded these benefits beyond teams to release trains and solution trains with thousands of people. I will leverage 26 years’ experience building safety-critical cyber-physical systems from submarines to satellites at Lockheed Martin as a senior technical fellow to explain why there is a need to expand these benefits to large scale, safety-critical cyber-physical systems with hardware, firmware, and software. We understand that there is a hesitation in highly regulated environments such as Aerospace, Automotive, Medical, and Energy due to concern that Agile practices conflict with safety regulations. I will present patterns of success in using Agile to build Cyber-Physical Systems that increase safety, security, reliability, and availability in large cyber-physical systems. My presentation demonstrates that there is an mission imperative to migrate from phase gate approached to Scaled Agile to increase safety for stakeholders. The bodies of knowledge that inform my presentation Scaled Agile, DevOps, Lean, Systems Thinking, Design Thinking, Digital Engineering, and Additive Manufacturing.


Robin Yeman

Systems Engineering PhD Candidate @Colorado State with over 28 Years in Software Engineering

Expertise spanning over twenty-eight years in software engineering with focus on Digital Engineering, DevSecOps, and Agile building large complex solutions across multiple domains from submarines to satellites. She advocates for continuous learning with multiple certifications including SAFe Fellow, SPCT, CEC, PMP, PMI- ACP, and CSEP. She is a Systems Engineering PhD candidate at Colorado State researching best practices to deliver complex safety critical solutions using Agile and DevSecOps.

She provides mentoring, guidance, coaching support, and conducts training classes for engineering and management teams and customers on Digital Engineering, DevSecOps and Agile tools, process, and methodologies. She is also directly engaged and involved with DoD organizations in the Agile/DevOps initiatives including supporting updates to software acquisition policy in 2020 as well as program execution and program transitions to Agile development methodology. She has also led several efforts in Agile program execution and continues to lend her expertise on the development of Safety Critical Systems using Digital Engineering, DevSecOps, and Agile techniques and processes on management,
schedule, cost, and technical performance.

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Wednesday Jun 14 / 01:40PM EDT ( 50 minutes )


Williamsburg / Greenpoint


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