Cross Geo Collaboration and Delivery of Intel's Tablet - Scaled Agile and ALM Tools Story

schedule 11:30 AM - 11:30 AM place Grand Ball Room

We all know it takes a group of skilled engineers and developers to deliver any successful product. But what if they are all located in various geos, have different competencies / focus areas (hardware, software), on top of it - they are given a stringent deadline to deliver? In my session I'd like to share how Intel adopted the Scaled Agile framework and a homegrown "Managed Personal Accountability" (MPA) model to deliver the first tablet solution successfully. 

It took a combination of good Agile planning and execution (Scrum of Scrums), an integrated ALM Toolset, along with performance management metrics of MPA to deliver this project successfully.

 
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Outline/structure of the Session

  • Scaled Agile Framework for Hardware-Software co-development
  • Challenges in the roll-out of Scaled Agile Framework and how we overcame them
  • ALM Tools we used and how we integrated them
  • Managed Personal accountability Model
  • Business results
  • (Time Permitting - demo of the integrated ALM toolset)

Learning Outcome

  • What does it take to co-develop Hardware and Software? How did we apply Agile practices to overcome co-development challenges?
  • Understand the Managed Personal Accountability Model
  • Understand the importance of good Agile Lifecycle Management (ALM) toolsets
  • What worked, what did not work well?

Target Audience

Project, Program, Engineering Managers - that are involved in Hardware / Software development

schedule Submitted 4 years ago

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  • Ravi Kumar
    By Ravi Kumar  ~  3 years ago
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    Hi Raj

    Many of the conference attendees are requesting presentation slides. We find that your proposal on http://confengine.com/ is not updated with your session slides. Request you to kindly update the same.

     

    Thanks and regards,

     

     

    Ravi

  • Ellen Grove
    By Ellen Grove  ~  4 years ago
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    Hi Raj

    Would you be able to provide any links to previous presentations?  I like your proposal, and would like to learn about your presentation style.

    Thanks

    Ellen

  • Vivek Vijayan
    By Vivek Vijayan  ~  4 years ago
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    Hi Raj 

    Nice to see that you want to talk about the experience you had which others can emulate. In my opinion, the speciality or uniqueness of your proposal is the "MPA" model as the other aspects are pretty generic and dealt with before and audiance may not be that keen. If my understanding is correct, can you please concentrate on the aspect and provide more details on how MPA was different from the usual models. A prior presentation or paper around that also would be of help. 

    Thanks

    Vivek.

    • Raj Anantharaman
      By Raj Anantharaman  ~  4 years ago
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      Hi Vivek - thanks for your comment. I replied to Archana's query on MPA - please let me know if that  answers your question. 

      Please note that Hardware-Software Co-development and shifting SW development left before Silicon arrives is a really quite an unique thing also - we've worked on several projects like this in the last 1 year and I'd like to share some best practices in this area. This may be of high value to companies that are working on semiconductors, software. 

       

      Raj

  • Archana Joshi
    By Archana Joshi  ~  4 years ago
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    The topic will be of interest to many especially how hardware and software development went hand-in-hand. Could you elaborate more on "MPA" and what will be covered there during the talk?

     

    • Raj Anantharaman
      By Raj Anantharaman  ~  4 years ago
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      Archana - thanks for your comments. Yes, software-hardware co-developmnent is a complex problem to solve and we at Intel have made some really good progress in this space and thereby bringing agility to our development processes - in true Shift-Left. MPA stands for "Managed Personal Accountability". Here team commitments vs. actuals delivered on the overall stories / tasks are tracked. These then go into the retrospectives for review. It brings a lot of momentum and also is a good tool to drive a constructive = "how do we improve" conversations. 


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     In an outsourced or offshore Software development, teams are geographically distributed to develop products in a collaborative and cost-effective manner by better utilization of global talents. Adopting agile methodologies helps in better ROI by developing quality products as per changing market needs in short span. Adopting Agile in global software development shall pose few challenges due to wider geographical distance, time zone differences, and cultural aspects and so on.

     

    This paper presents 3Cs – Communication, Collaboration and Customer Involvement as Critical Success Factors that need to be considered while implementing Agile for Global Software Development. It also details proven practices to address the challenges due to distributed agile software development. This paper is based on Author’s experience in executing Outsourced Product Development engagements using Distributed Agile Methodologies for co-creating Telecom products