Lean, Agile Approach to High-Integrity Software

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!

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2 Comments

  1. Posted April 7, 2009 at 20:40 | Permalink
  2. mourice
    Posted May 14, 2009 at 17:36 | Permalink

    Thank you for this site.

    I am the type of guy who believes our jump to the next level as the human species can only happen if we (maybe a few hundred years in the making) treat every aspect of technology as high-integrity and mission critical.

    It’s not a secret that security breaks down, not at the strongest points, at the weakest so even software that seems to have nothing to do with DOD, NSA, NASA, Banks or commercial avionics can allow these types of systems to be breached.

    Also aside from security threats there is just the need to become more parallel. To put ever more processors and tasks crunching away in servers, workstations and even laptops.

    Therefore high-integrity software is the only way to feasibly continue growth. Systems may have to run for decades ( hot swap software and hardware) without shutting down and we can not return to the days of vacuum tubes burning out faster than the maintainers can replace them. Therefore high-quality long lasting hardware and software is the only way to move forward lest we just run in place with the old vacuum tube way of maintaining systems.

    - Mourice Kadmos-Minyai

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