From Fragile to Agile – Keys to Achieving the Agile Promise

Ann L Hodges
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Abstract: Benefits of agile development have been proclaimed for decades, with the battle between agile and more “traditional” approaches waging fiercely to this day. Agile methodologies such as Scaled Agile Framework® seem to weave in systems engineering considerations in their values, principles, and practices – yet agile practitioners often ignore foundational systems engineering practices at their peril. This paper proposes additional principles that will help practitioners achieve both the spirit and promised benefits of using an agile approach.

Speaker: Ann Hodges has worked over 45 years at Sandia National Laboratories and is a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff. She is the Mission Services Division’s systems engineering lead for the systems engineering part of the Project and Product Delivery System (PPDS) at Sandia National Laboratories and is currently a project manager and systems engineer for a complex exploratory-phase project. She is a primary author of the risk-informed graded approach to the application of project management, systems engineering and quality management which is one of the key aspects of the PPDS.  She obtained a BBA and an MS in Computer Science from the University of NM, and holds CSEP, SAFe SPC4, and CMII certifications. Leadership positions that Ann has held in the Enchantment Chapter include Director-at-Large 2011-2012, President-Elect and acting Secretary 2013, President 2014-2015, and Secretary 2015-present.  She is the chair of the INCOSE Systems Engineering for Early Stage R&D working group.

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