Embedding Agile Practices into a Plan-Driven Project Lifecycle


The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and its clients have historically used a structured, plan-driven approach to provide continuity, direction, and control to large, multi-year programs. Projects within these programs vary greatly in size, complexity, level of maturity, technical risk, and clarity.

On a recent program one of our client’s employed hierarchical requirements methodologies for technology development projects that had complex interfaces and tight project schedules. Frequent end-to-end product demonstrations were necessary throughout the system development process. In response Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) incorporated Agile engineering practices into the plan-driven project lifecycle. The Agile principle of delivering frequent, interim, and functioning products throughout the project’s lifecycle was a perfect fit for this project.

In this session, we will describe how we used Agile practices on a large development project for a command and control system. Learn how the project team benefited from both the plan-driven project execution and the rapid prototyping, integration, and client feedback made possible with the implementation of Agile practices. We will conclude with a review of the tools and mechanisms used to transition between each methodology.

Presented by Dan Johnson, Agile Scrum Master/Project Manager, Battelle (PNNL) Dave Millard, Senior Project Manager, Battelle (DOD and DOE) & Cara Rawlings, Technical Marketing Specialist, 321 Gang, Inc.
We have helped our clients:
  • Increase productivity by 25-75%
  • Reduce development costs by 50-60%
  • Accelerate time to market by 20-40%

SAFe provided the agility, visibility, and transparency needed to ensure we could integrate with numerous other efforts, get predictable in our delivery, and ensure timelines are met.

David McMunn
Director of COE, Fannie Mae

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