The “Lean, Agile Approach to High-Integrity Software” event took place on March 26 at the Maison de la Chimie in Paris. In all, over 80 people joined us for a day dedicated to looking at ways in which Lean and Agile methods can (and are!) being used to develop software that requires certification – a very heavy process as many of you will know. The videos and slides from the workshop will be posted at a rate of 1 per week starting next week. Thanks to everyone that participated and made the day so valuable!
Jim Sutton (Lean guru and author of the award winning Lean Software Strategies) started the day by describing where Lean and Agile principles come from, what are their similarities and differences, and how in applying this methodologies it is possible to produce high-integrity software, at lower costs and higher profits. Emmanuel Chenu followed with a practical presentation on how his company (Thales Avionics) has embraced Agile practices to successfully bring value in avionics and how Agile and Lean principles (often seen as being opposed in their approach) helped to reduce costs.Before lunch, Cyrille Comar, presented the ideas and concepts behind the Open-DO initiative. David Jackson (Praxis) outlined in his talk his company’s approach to Lean thinking and its applicability to software development and system engineering problems. Alexandre Boutin presented some tools and practices for being more agile in documentation writing and recommended guidelines for Scrum practitioners and Roberto di Cosmo (Open Source guru) finished the day by looking at how numerous Open Source development communities have adapted Lean principles (many without realizing it!).
All in all it was a great day and the comments we’ve received from delegates confirmed that many place a lot of importance on Agile and Lean principles to help them bring real value and cost reduction to the products they’re developing, whatever the industry!