The growing popularity of Agile and DevOps in safety-critical product development warrants a closer analysis of how these strategies can accelerate development without jeopardizing compliance. Our Experts Talk webinar session in partnership with Ovum covered the topic of Achieving Safety-critical Development Maturity with Agile/DevOps ALM. Watch an on-demand recording of this webinar held on 4 Oct 2018, or read on for more info about this Experts Talk session!
Despite all the concern and criticism in its early days, Agile went through a rapid evolutionary process in recent years. It matured from experimental method to established enterprise strategy in the blink of an eye. DevOps (often referred to as an extension to Agile) seems to be following in its footsteps.
Agile and DevOps are now widely regarded the next phase of software development evolution, and have started penetrating safety-critical industries. As more and more product developers in automotive systems engineering, medical device development, avionics and pharma development and similar sectors start to reap the benefits of Agile, competition is forcing their peers to follow suit. The main advantages propelling Agile’s success: reduced product time to market, and high product quality.
Managing risk at speed in the development of safety-critical systems
But adopting Agile/DevOps practices in a safety-critical development environment requires careful strategy and execution, and there is no silver-bullet best practice that developers can rely on. The challenge, of course, is to comply with the requirements of various standards and regulations that stipulate quality-focused production in safety-critical applications – all this in a fast-moving Agile/DevOps environment with parallel development streams.
Ovum’s recent white paper titled Achieving Safety-Critical Development Maturity with Agile/DevOps ALM analyzes the use of Application Lifecycle Management and Agile scaling frameworks such as LeSS and SAFe in regulated development.
The paper (which comes with a safety-critical ALM maturity checklist) is partly based on a case study with BMW. The luxury German carmaker uses a combination of cutting-edge Application Lifecycle Management and the LeSS scaled Agile framework to reap the benefits of iterative and incremental development while maintaining compliance.
Experts Talk featuring Ovum: Achieving Safety-critical Development Maturity with Agile/DevOps ALM
On 4 Oct 2018, we’ve hosted a webinar with the paper’s author, Ovum’s Principal Analyst Dr. Michael Azoff. Dr. Azoff talked about the role of ALM and DevOps in developing high-tech safety critical systems. His presentation covered topics including software security in today’s safety-critical products, cloud native engineering, and enterprise frameworks for scaling Agile.
During his presentation, Dr. Azoff also talked about a BMW case study that his white paper was based on, and analyzed its findings on how BMW covers ISO 26262 safety requirements, and how this leading German carmaker adopted LeSS to scale Agile in their autonomous tech development efforts. Watch this webinar's recording on-demand free of charge below: