Embedded environments greatly restrict the tools available for a DevOps pipeline. A regulated environment changes the processes a development team can use to deliver software. The combination results in a highly restricted environment that forces the team back to first principles, finding what can actually work. In this talk we'll consider the options, develop a set of helpful tools and discuss the challenges facing any team working on DevOps in unfavorable environments.

Together, we'll examine my experiences with a medical device company, where I built a DevOps pipeline for software controlling a heart pump. I would like to discuss the tools that worked as well as the principles that lead our team to success.

 
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Outline/structure of the Session

  1. What's the Problem?
    1. Legal Concerns
    2. Building and Unit Testing
    3. Integration
    4. Deployment and Testing
    5. Resource Needs and Team Size
  2. Git Flow and Agile Dev in a Regulated World
    1. Legal Concerns
    2. The Need to Integrate
    3. Tooling Support
    4. Even Better Tooling
  3. Expect, Lifesaver
    1. Non-existent Tooling
    2. Expect to Deploy
    3. Separation of Concerns
    4. Building a Framework
  4. Scalability and Resource Concerns
    1. Resource Needs and Pitfalls
    2. Resource Allocation
    3. Locking
    4. Scaling for a Growing Team
    5. Full-Blown Resource Management

Learning Outcome

I hope to get across all of the following:

  1. Unavoidable challenges developing modern, agile software in a regulated and embedded environment
  2. A basic framework for delivering tested software in face of those challenges
  3. Pitfalls you're likely to encounter trying to implement the framework
  4. How to improve on the basic framework

Target Audience

Embedded Device Professionals, Developers working in a regulated industry, DevOps professionals

schedule Submitted 1 year ago

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