Agile for Embedded Software Development

The following Slideshare presentation contains a case study that shows that agile can work within an embedded software / system development environment.

Agile Embedded Software Development, what’s wrong with it?.

At some point in the presentation, it makes a statement that agile is not method but a paradigm. In my mind, this needs to be qualified in that the agile manifesto and principles do represent a paradigm, but the formalised agile approaches (e.g., XP, Scrum) are methods. I believe that distinction is important.

Corporate mass & inertia prevents agility

Tommy (someone for whom I have the greatest respect) made some very interesting comments in his posting: Corporate mass & inertia prevents agility.

Now, I have also had some experience sailing and that certainly helps me relate to the metaphor he uses. Sometimes I like the slow boat and sometimes the fast one – it really depends on what you want to accomplish. However, in this age where “internet time” is what companies have to worry about, agility is what is needed for the complete delivery of products. There has already been a lot of talk about agile development  for quite a while – and that is certainly a great thing for the software industry, but development is just a part of the product delivery, one has to embrace the complete lifecycle and think about agile product management (check out the front end of SAFe) and agile DevOps.

But then, there’s also some benefits to sometimes take a slow boat to China…just not when you need to deliver a product to your clients!

IBM Innovate 2013

Innovate is the IBM Technical Summit. If you are an IT or Systems developer, this is the place to be to see IBM’s innovation in software and systems innovation!

I haven’t been to Innovate for a while, but I was lucky enough to be accepted this year (this will be my 11th Rational conference – and we are on the 11th Doctor…coincidence?).

If you happen to go to the conference, send me a message – perhaps we can meet there! Continue reading