Many government systems have an unacceptable mission impact or economic cost of failure. These systems are also subject to extensive regulatory oversight and rigorous compliance standards. Historically, agencies building these systems have relied on comprehensive quality management systems and stage-gate based waterfall life-cycle models to reduce risk and ensure compliance. These same programs are now adopting lean-agile methods, and are struggling to understand how their existing stage-gate compliance activities participate in a lean-agile flow of value.

In this presentation, Dr. Steve Mayner from Scaled Agile, Inc. will show how to align the goals and practices of those who build high-assurance systems with those who must assure those systems using success patterns that are incorporated into the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe). He will demonstrate how several lean-agile principles produce better compliance outcomes by:

  • Taking an incremental approach to creating and assessing compliance information
  • Including compliance teams and their concerns in the product development ecosystem to collaborate on planning, executing, assessing, and adapting.
  • Incorporate compliance in agile quality practices – automating, adapting, continuously improving, etc.
  • Integrating V&V and compliance activities into iterative development flow

Outline/Structure of the Talk

  • Regulatory requirements meet Agile development
  • Meeting regulatory requirements with Lean-Agile development 
    • Build the solution and compliance incrementally
    • Organize for value and compliance
    • Build quality and compliance in
    • Apply continuous verification and validation
  • Summary

Learning Outcome

  • Explain how compliance objectives in high assurance environments are aligned with Lean-Agile principles and practices
  • Know the distinctions between PRODUCT and PROCESS compliance requirements
  • Improve compliance, verification, and validation outcomes through iterative and incremental implementation
  • Understand organizational alignment and collaboration strategies for early and continuous feedback on compliance
  • Apply specific technical practices that increase quality and compliance through automation

Target Audience

This session will be of most interest to practitioners working in government and other high assurance environments who struggle with reconciling lean-agile practices and legacy waterfall centric compliance processes.

Prerequisites for Attendees

A basic understanding of the fundamentals of lean-agile and iterative/incremental development along with exposure to the challenges of compliance processes will be helpful.


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