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

In this podcast, Eileen Wrubel and Suzanne Miller discuss issues with Agile software teams engaging systems engineering functions in developing and acquiring software-reliant systems.

Software Engineering Institute



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.

About the Speaker

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Eileen Wrubel

Eileen Wrubel leads the Software Solution Division's Transforming Software Acquisition Practice & Policy directorate. She is responsible for coordinating the strategic planning and tactical execution of the SEI's initiatives to power bolder, faster, more adaptive acquisition, modernization, and sustainment of software-enabled capability. Her directorate informs and enables evidence-based evolution of …

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Suzanne Miller

Suzanne Miller is a principal researcher at the Software Engineering Institute of Carnegie Mellon University in the Continuous Deployment of Capability Directorate. Miller actively supports multiple large DoD cyber-physical programs in their Agile/Lean adoption efforts, in addition to designing and teaching Agile courses and workshops tuned to government settings. Miller …

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