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Agile for System Development

Date of Event: 
Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 5:30pm

Agile Software Development is not just for software, because software development is usually not only about software engineering. Embedded software teams have long had to work different engineering disciplines within the context of a system development model. And now, traditional “software-only” applications like internal IT systems, banking systems, retail software, etc., are big systems that need more than software engineering, they also need concepts and methods of systems engineering. The Agile community recognizes this, and one of the popular Agile scaling frameworks, “SAFe”, created by Scaled Agile Inc., embraced systems engineering concepts in their recent update to “SAFe 4.0 for Lean Software and Systems Engineering”. Long-established Systems Engineering process models, such as those developed by INCOSE and NASA, can be applied within the context of a scaled Agile development framework, getting the benefits from a robust process model and the benefits of Agility. This session will explore this combination. As usual for Twin-SPIN, this session counts on interaction with the audience, so please come ready to think about your software/systems development context and ask questions and offer insights into how Agile & Systems Engineering applies, or could apply, to you.

Presentation is on Agile Quality Systems website.


Directions can be found on the map of the Electrical Engineering/Computer Science Building.
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Keller (EE/CS) 3-111 (Look for signs)

This Month's Meeting
Program Manager: 
Dick Hedger – Principal Quality Software Technologies
Kelly Weyrauch - Agile Quality Systems LLC
Agile for System Development
University of Minnesota, Keller Hall (EE/CS Building)

5:30 - 8:00 p.m. at The University of Minnesota
5:30 start for networking, 6:15 start of meeting


The Washington Avenue Ramp works best. Free parking tickets will be handed out in the meeting.

Speaker Bio: 

Kelly Weyrauch is the owner of Agile Quality Systems LLC, a consultancy working with software and systems creators to apply Agile Software Development concepts and Quality Management System principles to the unique context of their development environment. He has more than 30 years of software and systems development experience. As a leader of the Agile movement at Medtronic and now as a consultant working with many organizations, he has worked with project teams to evolve Agile Principles and Practices in the context of a robust Quality System. Kelly has a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota, and a MS degree in Software Design and Development from the University of St. Thomas (Minnesota).