INCOSE-LA- Spkr Meeting

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: How Do You Use Agile Methods on Highly-Critical Systems that Require Earned Value Management?

Speaker: Phyllis Marbach, INCOSE-LA

Abstract: Phyllis Marbach was involved in establishing how projects using agile methods plan, measure and report their earned value at Boeing. During the course of that work she acquired data from two projects and assisted the Government Accounting Office (GAO) with agile updates to the Scheduling and Cost Guides in 2015. Although, you may have heard that projects developed using agile cannot also use earned value management (EVM), this presentation will show how it can be done.

Projects using agile practices should have an identified period of performance. During that period of performance releases are defined that have specific features or capabilities. This is called a Roadmap. Each release is planned during a release planning meeting where dependencies, critical path and float are defined. Each of the features in the Roadmap should be planned into the integrated management schedule as a work package. The detailed tasks of each feature are defined during the release planning and baselined when the work package is opened. Percent complete reporting of that feature, the high value work product in development, can be used for the EVM measures. So, even if a project is using agile practices they can apply EVM in reporting progress against their plans.

Bio: Phyllis Marbach retired from The Boeing Company Defense Space and Security Division as a senior software engineer in 2016. Phyllis has over 35 years of experience in aerospace programs including satellite ground stations, chemical lasers, the International Space Station, and various propulsion systems. Phyllis was a Boeing Designated Expert in agile software development, software engineering and systems engineering. The past eight years in her role as an Agile Coach for Boeing, she coached commercial airplane, unmanned air systems, radio, avionics, and research programs. Currently she is a Scaled Agile Framework™ 4 Program Consultant and Immediate Past President of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) Los Angeles chapter, the second largest chapter in the United States. Phyllis has a Master of Science degree in engineering from the University of California – Los Angeles.


Cost: Members: FREE.  Non-members: $10 (refreshments provided)

5:15-5:30  Sign-in/Registration 
5:30-6:00  Networking/Refreshments 
6:10-6:20  Introduction 
6:20-6:30  WG Presentation (TBD)
6:30-7:30  Guest Speaker Presentation

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The Aerospace Corporation


Location: between Imperial and El Segundo Blvd (north to south), between the 405 Freeway and Sepulveda (east to west).

From the San Diego (405) Freeway heading SOUTH:

  1. Take the exit towards El Segundo Blvd.
  2. Turn Left onto S La Cienega Blvd.
  3. Take the 1st Right onto W El Segundo Blvd.
  4. Take the 2nd Right onto N Aviation Blvd.
  5. Bldg. D8 will be on the third building on the Right, just past the discount bakery.

From the San Diego (405) Freeway traveling NORTH:

  1. Take the El Segundo Blvd exit, Exit 44.
  2. Turn Left onto W El Segundo Blvd.
  3. Turn Right (North) on N Aviation Blvd.
  4. Bldg. D8 will be on the third building on the Right, just past the discount bakery.

From the 105 Freeway traveling WEST:

  1. Take the exit towards 405 South
  2. Before getting onto the 405 Freeway, take the El Segundo Blvd exit
  3. At the bottom of the ramp, turn left (west)
  4. Turn right on Aviation Blvd.
  5. Bldg. D8 will be on the third building on the Right, just past the discount bakery.

The facility is the third building from the corner of Aviation and El Segundo, just north of the discount bakery outlet. The facility has 4 gates, but only the southern-most gate is open. Identify yourself to the security guard as attending the INCOSE meeting. You can park where Security directs and enter through the lobby at the center of the building where the flag poles are. Knock on the first of the double doors, and someone will open the door for you. The handicap ramp is on the north side and can be reached by driving all the way around the back of the building. Inform the security guard if you plan to use that ramp.

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