The larger debate is over. The benefits of team-level Agile are proven and the methods are now rapidly moving across the chasm to enterprises building ever-larger systems, with ever-increasing complexity. Many of these systems are mission critical for the enterprise, and many provide “high assurance” services and solutions to end users that have an unacceptably high social or economic cost of failure.
In order to address solution development risk and to help assure compliance to the internal and external standards that govern these industries, enterprises involved in high-assurance domains—medical equipment, avionics, financial services, automotive, defense and other—have traditionally developed quality management systems based on stage-gated, waterfall development models. But these methods, even with team-level agile practices by themselves, have not scaled to the increasingly demanding worldwide, systems market, where time to market and cost of delay are additional, and critical, economic factors.
In this talk, Dean Leffingwell describes how enterprises can migrate from their existing methods to scaled, program and value-stream level Lean-Agile practices that dramatically improve the speed and quality of solution development. In so doing, enterprises and development practitioners can enjoy the many business and personal benefits of Lean-Agile development, while still conforming to the quality and regulatory standards that govern solution development in those industries.