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321 Gang – Newsletter – February – 2024

Welcome to our February Newsletter! This past month, 321 Gang has been actively engaged with customers and involved in travel commitments. We had the privilege of attending the IBM TechXchange:

Embracing the Evolution: Module Baselines in IBM DOORS Next with pure::variants 

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Embracing the Evolution: Module Baselines in IBM DOORS Next with pure::variants Managing complex product lines and systems development requires robust tools that can handle intricate configurations and change management. IBM's

321 Gang – Newsletter – January – 2024

Welcome to our first Newsletter of 2024! Our year began on a high note in Arizona for our 2024 Team Kickoff, drawing participants from across the United States, France, and

321 Gang – Newsletter – December – 2023

Welcome to our last Newsletter of 2023! In 2023, the 321 Gang celebrated its 18th birthday, showcasing growth and innovation. New team members strengthened our commitment to excellence, and joining

Honeywell MVCS Team Success Story | IBM ELM, PLE and SAFe

Honeywell MVCS team reduced cycle time by 50% and costs by 30% The Honeywell MVCS team reduced cycle time by 50% and costs by 30% through the successful application of

Understanding Engineering Requirements Traceability

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Explore Requirements Traceability! Requirements traceability plays a pivotal role in managing engineering intricacies and ensuring project success. In this guide, we will explore what requirements traceability is, its importance, best

SodiusWillert | IBM Rhapsody – AUTOSAR Extension

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Make AUTOSAR work for you with IBM Rhapsody - AUTOSAR Extension A car today could not be moved without electronics. In fact, you wouldn't even be able to start the

7 Ways to Decide if a PMO Organization is Ready for Lean Portfolio Management | Jira Align

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7 Ways to Decide if a PMO Organization is Ready for Lean Portfolio Management Jira Align Tip Sheet While it might seem like an overwhelming endeavor, implementing lean portfolio management

Lean Portfolio Management | Jira Align and Scaled Agile

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Lean Portfolio Management | Jira Align As organizations move from project–based, time–centric planning to focusing on product–oriented planning, they look to lean and agile practices to ensure they have the

321 Gang – Newsletter – November – 2023

Welcome to our November Newsletter! Congratulations to IBM Champion, SodiusWillert’s Walter van der Heiden. Walter is recognized as an innovative thought leader in the technical community who has demonstrated exceptional expertise and

The Difference Between Velocity, Capacity, and Load – A Clarification of Terms

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The Difference Between Velocity, Capacity, and Load - A Clarification of Terms We often see a lot of confusion among new agile practitioners in regards to the definition and use

321 Gang – Newsletter – October – 2023

Welcome to our October Newsletter. The Gang has been busy this month! We attended the standing-room-only Midwest ELM Symposium in Detroit, the 2023 INCOSE New England Fall Workshop in CT,

321 Gang – Newsletter – September – 2023

Welcome to our September Newsletter! Summer has flown by and we are busy visiting Customers and attending live events all over the US. Check our links below to see where

Press Release | 321 Gang joins the SodiusWillert Group

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Press Release | 321 Gang joins the SodiusWillert Group: A Strategic Move to Strengthen Engineering and Development of Advanced, Mission-Critical Systems and Software Scottsdale, AZ, August 9, 2023 – SodiusWillert

321 Gang – Newsletter – August – 2023

321 Gang Joins the SodiusWillert Group! A Strategic Move to Strengthen Engineering and Development of Advanced, Mission-Critical Systems and Software SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., August 10, 2023 (Newswire.com) – SodiusWillert Group, a

321 Gang – Newsletter – July – 2023

Welcome to our July Newsletter! We would like to introduce our newest team member: Mark Hilgeman. It is with great pleasure that we introduce a valuable addition to our growing

321 Gang – Newsletter – June – 2023

Welcome to our June Newsletter! We are happy to welcome Planview as a new member of the 321 Gang Team! The Gang has been a Tasktop partner for many years and recently, they were

Load Definition

Load Definition Load Typically, when you are shopping for a pickup truck you want to know it’s capacity in terms of the number of pounds you can carry in the

Capacity Definition

Capacity Definition Capacity Capacity is defined as the maximum amount or number that can be accommodated. We could consider capacity to be a speed limit, but It is a stretch

321 Gang – Newsletter – May – 2023

Welcome to our May Newsletter! Happy 18th Birthday to 321 Gang. We help implement compliant, traceable solutions that manage a wide range of requirements to achieve faster deployment. Not sure

Security as Code: A Smart Solution to a Complex Endeavor | GitLab

Security as Code: A Smart Solution to a Complex Endeavor Security as code gives pragmatic meaning to the concept of DevSecOps. By embedding security throughout your SDLC, security controls can

321 Gang – Newsletter – April – 2023

Welcome to our first monthly newsletter! For over 17 years, 321 Gang has helped organizations improve their ability to design and develop Systems and Software in highly-regulated industries in order to achieve

Velocity Definition

Velocity Definition Velocity When we think of velocity we often relate to our automobile. When we drive we refer to the “speed”, another name for velocity, we are driving at

Leveraging IBM Global Configurations with pure::variants

Leveraging IBM Global Configurations with pure::variants Feature Modeling Enhances Engineering Reuse Complexity is one of the largest challenges facing software and systems engineering teams today. Software applications are built by

pure::variants | What is Product Line Engineering?

Product Line Engineering | pure::variants Product Line Engineering is revolutionizing the way systems engineering is performed, and it is no surprise that it is becoming an increasingly important engineering topic.

Incremental Implementation: What it is. Why we use it. Why it is important

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Incremental Implementation | What it is. Why we use it. Why it is important Scaled Agile or Scrum are popular agile development approaches for large enterprises. Are they a problem?

Accelerate Engineering Lifecycle Management for Agile Teams

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Accelerate Engineering Lifecycle Management | Agile Teams As engineering teams are asked to deliver more products faster to market, traditional engineering practices don’t have what it takes to adapt to

3 Ways to Improve Project Management & Product Development

Product owners and project managers need to provide teams with communication and collaboration tools that empower teams to collectively manage plans, tasks, and project status. Discover how to capture, trace, analyze, and manage changes to requirements with IBM’s ELM suite that optimizes communication across your development teams and stakeholders.

3 Ways to Ensure Compliance Across the Engineering Lifecycle

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3 Ways to Ensure Compliance Across the Engineering Lifecycle For companies in industries with increasingly stringent compliance regulations, such as Automotive, Aerospace and Defense, Medical, or Public Infrastructure — getting

10 steps to High Performance Scaled Agile Teams | Jira Align

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10 Steps to High Performance Scaled Agile Teams Only Jira Align is natively built for scaling agile teams to the enterprise. Here are ten tips for how to scale your

Process Analyzer

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Process Analyzer Automatically Analyze and Document IBM Rational Team Concert (RTC) Processes Process Analyzer is a utility, developed by Joe Meagher, Inc., that generates a statemodel of the business processes used

Accelerating Systems Lifecycle Development | Packaged Solution

Accelerating Systems Lifecycle Development 321 Gang’s Accelerating Systems Lifecycle Development solution is a verified IBM Global Solution that enables organizations to address increasing complexity, shortened cycle times, continuous change, and collaboration demands while

SAFe for Government: Observations from the 2017 SAFe Summit

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SAFe for Government | Observations from the 2017 SAFe Summit Steve Mayner and I led two sessions on applying Lean-Agile principles and SAFe in a government context at the SAFe

Using SAFe 4.5 | Government Contracts

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Using SAFe 4.5 on Government Contracts Quite a number of federal government programs have been adopting SAFe 4.0.  The challenge has been to consider whether to use 3-level SAFe, 4-level

Can Hardware Teams Outperform Software Teams When Adopting Agile and SAFe®?

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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.

A SAFe® for Lean Systems Engineering Retrospective

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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.

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