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The Application of Industrial DevOps Using Digital Twins

By Suzette Johnson, Robin Yeman

A Deep Dive Into Building Better Systems Faster

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This paper delves into the integration of Industrial DevOps principles with digital twin technology to create a seamless, real-time development environment for cyber-physical systems. The authors discuss the benefits, challenges, and future implications of this approach, with an emphasis on space missions.

  • Format PDF
  • Pages 29
  • Publication Date May 7, 2024


  • Practical Guidance

    Combines the principles of Industrial DevOps with Digital Twins to improve flow.

  • Deep Dive

    Takes a deeper dive into apply these principles to a space mission program.

  • Expert Authors

    Written by a team of experts in the field who have applied these principles in highly-complex scenarios.

  • Improving Flow

    Helps teams of complex cyber-physical systems apply the principles of Industrial DevOps to improve flow.

About the Resource

The integration of Industrial DevOps (IDO) with digital twins presents a groundbreaking approach in cyber-physical system (CPS) design, development, and operations, offering unparalleled efficiency, accuracy, and adaptability. This paper explores the synergy between IDO principles using digital twins to create a seamless, real-time development environment for cyber-physical systems.

By leveraging the principles of Industrial DevOps—continuous integration, delivery, and feedback—coupled with the predictive capabilities of digital twins, we propose a model that not only accelerates the development cycle but also enhances the resilience and safety of cyber-physical systems.

This innovative framework enables a virtual testing ground for system changes, simulating real-world conditions without the risk, thereby significantly reducing development costs and time. Furthermore, it facilitates the early detection of potential issues, predictive maintenance, and the optimization of performance. This paper provides insights into practical applications, challenges, and the future implications of this integration for cyber-physical systems with an emphasis on space missions, aiming to provide actionable insights for the adoption of these technologies in the aerospace sector.

Suzette Johnson
Robin Yeman
Suzette Johnson

Suzette Johnson

Dr. Suzette Johnson is an award-winning author who has spent most of her career in the aerospace defense industry working for Northrop Grumman Corporation. Suzette was the enterprise Lean/Agile transformation lead. In this role, she launched the Northrop Grumman Agile Community of Practice and the Lean/Agile Center of Excellence. She has supported over a hundred enterprise, government, and DoD transitions to and the maturation of Lean-Agile principles and engineering development practices. She has also trained and coached over four thousand individuals on Lean/Agile principles and practices and delivered more than one hundred presentations on Lean/Agile at conferences both nationally and abroad. Her current role is as Northrop Grumman Fellow and Technical Fellow Emeritus, where she continues to actively drive the adoption of Lean/Agile principles with leadership at the portfolio levels and within cyber-physical solutions, specifically within the space sector. As a mentor, coach, and leader, she launched the Women in Computing, Johns Hopkins University Chapter; the Women in Leadership Development program; the Northrop Grumman Lean-Agile Center of Excellence; and the NDIA ADAPT (Agile Delivery for Agencies, Programs, and Teams) working group. She received a Doctorate of Management at the University of Maryland with a dissertation focused on investigating the impact of leadership styles on software project outcomes in traditional and Agile engineering environments. She am also a Certified Agile Enterprise Coach and Scaled Agile Program Consultant/SPCT

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Robin Yeman

Robin Yeman

Robin Yeman is an award-winning author who has spent twenty-six years working at Lockheed Martin in various roles leading up to senior technical fellow building large systems including everything from submarines to satellites. She led the Agile community of practice supporting a workforce of 120,000 people. Her initial experience with Lean practices began in the late ’90s. In 2002, she had the opportunity to lead my first Agile program with multiple Scrum teams. After just a couple months of experience, she was hooked and never turned back. She both led and supported Agile transformations for intelligence, federal, and Department of Defense organizations over the next two decades, and each one was more exciting and challenging than the last. In 2012, She had the opportunity to extend our Agile practices into DevOps, which added extensive automation and tightened our feedback loops, providing even larger results. Currently, she is the Carnegie Mellon Space Domain Lead at the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon. She is also currently pursuing a PhD in Systems Engineering at Colorado State University, where she is working on my contribution to demonstrate empirical data of the benefits of implementing Agile and DevOps for safety-critical cyber-physical systems.

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