Software Engineering Institute | Carnegie Mellon University
Software Engineering Institute | Carnegie Mellon University
SEI Podcast Series
11/27/2014

Agile Software Teams and How They Engage with Systems Engineering on DoD Acquisition Programs

Eileen Wrubel, Suzanne Miller

Summary

Part of a series exploring Agile in the Department of Defense, this podcast addresses key issues that occur when Agile software teams engage with systems engineering functions in the development and acquisition of software-reliant systems. Published acquisition guidance still largely focuses on a system perspective, and fundamental differences exist between systems engineering and software engineering approaches. Those differences are compounded when Agile becomes a part of the mix, rather than adhering to more traditional "waterfall"-based development lifecycles. In this research, the SEI gathered more data from users of Agile methods in the DoD and delved deeper into the existing body of knowledge about Agile and systems engineering before addressing them. In this podcast, Acquisition researchers Eileen Wrubel and Suzanne Miller offer insight into how systems engineers and Agile software engineers can better collaborate when taking advantage of Agile as they deliver incremental mission capability.

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Categories: Acquisition Support

About the Speakers

Eileen Wrubel

Eileen Wrubel supports the development and implementation of software-related guidance to improve the acquisition, management, and sustainment of the software component in Air Force systems. Wrubel's research efforts focus on Agile and acquisition with a special interest in sustainment and contracting issues. 

Suzanne Miller

Suzanne Miller's research focuses on synthesizing effective technology transition and management practices from research and industry into effective techniques for use of Agile and lean methods in regulated settings like the DoD.