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Thursday, June 25 • 11:50 - 12:20
Industrial DevSecOps "Value Streams to Agile Teams" (Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman)

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As Agile and DevOps practices continue to challenge the status quo and improve business outcomes, large companies need to learn how to scale these practices across large, complex systems composed of hardware, firmware, and software. The ability to iterate and deploy faster requires companies to adapt to changing needs, reduce cycle time for delivery, increase value for money, and leverage innovations. An industry-wide misconception is that this form of rapid iteration is only for software or small applications and systems. For large cyber-physical solutions, software is only one part of the value stream leading us to consider the implication and the application of Agile DevOps principles across the entire end-to-end flow. This talk will discuss examples and lessons learned of large Government Contractors transition from Waterfall for DevSecOps both domestically and internationally for large scale systems of systems from the F-35 to Space Systems to Aegis and more. When adopting Agile and DevOps principles to developing products it is important to understand flow of value throughout the value stream and to identify the constraints within the system. While software is key, looking at these systems holistically has brought in many other challenges. In this presentation, we will demonstrate the importance of systems thinking and value stream identification to understand flow, theory of constraints, and organizing around value. These two government contractors will discuss not only our successes, but also where we fell short of the mark and what was learned. The lessons we have learned and our continuing experimentation is paving the way for how companies who build safety critical system of systems can achieve similar results as the Unicorns. Suzette and Robin share lessons learned in value stream identification to building autonomous teams in a traditional command and control culture.

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Suzette Johnson

Northrop Grumman Fellow, Northrop Grumman
Dr. Suzette Johnson works for Northrop Grumman Corporation near Baltimore, Maryland. As an NG Fellow, she is Northrop Grumman’s Agile Transformation and Center of Excellence Lead. As a Certified Agile Enterprise Coach and Scaled Agile Program Consultant, she has an interest and... Read More →
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Robin Yeman

Chief Technical Officer, Catalyst Campus for Technology and Innovation
In her new roles as Chief Technical Officer for Catalyst Campus, Robin matches the latest technologies and processes to mission needs. She works closely with technology providers and customers to optimize the delivery of products and services from research and development directly... Read More →

Thursday June 25, 2020 11:50 - 12:20 BST
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