True agility is not just a process attribute. It is also a by-product of the architecture and design of your software system. But, what does an agile architecture look like, and how do we measure it? The crux of more honest measurement is to quantify design quality. If you can quantify and then minimize growth in architectural complexity, you can free-up your software teams from playing defense (mired in late scrap and rework and unnecessary overhead), and unleash them to play more offense by increasing value, quality or responsiveness. Measurably improving design quality earlier in the life cycle and continuously thereafter can help enterprises achieve breakthrough economic outcomes.
In the 321 Gang webcast , I walked you through a scenario for using Configuration Management of lifecycle artifacts and components to help manage strategic reuse. The examples are shown in the IBM Collaborative Lifecycle Management tools combined with the Global Configuration Management capability. The example is also based on a complex customer scenario with Product Line, Releases, shared components […]
Many have discussed, and some have questioned, how Scrum and agile principles apply to non-software disciplines. Can they apply? Will they provide benefits? We’ve been working with a large program that has gone “all in” scaling and applying agile. They build complex defense systems with hundreds of mechanical, electrical, and embedded software engineers and significant compliance demands. This program is completely organized around delivering value through dozens of cross-functional agile teams, strongly influenced by SAFe LSE for alignment and coordination.
We’ve helped many of these customers adopt and scale agile using the Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®). In doing so, we met with Dean Leffingwell (creator of SAFe) and the team at Scaled Agile (SAI) to discuss some of our perceived challenges using SAFe in an engineering environment. We were looking for support for engineering work (requirements, designs, modeling, simulations, trade studies), different role names, support for supply chains, and inclusion of manufacturing and production — just to name a few. Our plan was to become a Scaled Agile partner and deliver SAFe-based training that 321 Gang would supplement with our expertise on engineering. At the same time, SAI was also looking for ways to serve the needs of the large system builders, and invited us to collaborate on a version of SAFe for Lean Systems Engineering…and so it was that SAFe LSE was born.
Schedule Class or Request Information Course Number QN171G Course Title Essentials of IBM Rational DOORS Next Generation, V5.0 Number of Days 1.0 day Overview This course teaches analysts and engineers how to define, elaborate, organize, and manage textual and graphical requirements and requirements-related information in IBM® Rational® DOORS Next Generation (DOORS NG). Rational DOORS Next Generation is a key component of the Rational solution for Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM). […]
In this 46 second video excerpt of Harry Koehnemann’s interview, he discussed how 321 Gang helped one the three major US car manufacturers to modernize their engineering life-cycle and system development process to allow them to focus on the driver experience.
Recently, I have been asked about copying and moving DOORs modules as well as individual objects within/between module(s) and what the ramifications are of doing so. I thought it might be worth running through the options and tradeoffs with each type of operation. [Read more on IBM DeveloperWorks…] 2013-09-28 – Blog Author: John Carroll, Senior Solutions Engineer
As a technical consultant with 321 Gang , I have the opportunity to visit many customers trying to adopt Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE). SysML is the preferred language for systems models, and the Port concept is key to effective and rapid model reconfiguration. As you probably know, the Object Management Group ( OMG ) recently released the specification to v1.3 of the System Modeling Language, […]
We had a lively Q&A in the last Thursday’s webinar so we plan to continue the discussion here. Geoff Rosenthal, Rational’s Cross Practice Reporting Segment Lead, spoke on Reporting in the Jazz CLM including RRDI and RPE . The questions we discussed are below and Geoff will continue answering additional ones in this blog. Do you have a way to […]
Here at 321 Gang we have seen many engineering organizations adopting Rational Team Concert’s (RTC) work and planning features for better adaptive planning and cross-discipline collaboration (see our webcast on Applying Agile Principles in Complex Systems Development ). As the next step, these organizations are looking at RTC’s configuration management (CM) capabilities to manage their engineering artifacts, including Rhapsody models. […]