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Overcoming Barriers to Industrial DevOps

By Suzette Johnson, Robin Yeman, Harry Koehnemann, Jeffrey Shupack, Hasan Yasar, Ben Grinnell, Deborah Brey, Steve Farley, Josh Corman

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The adoption of Industrial DevOps principles is uneven across the value streams of complex systems and the supply chains contributing to regulated, cyber-physical systems at scale. The purpose of Industrial DevOps is to intentionally apply the principles across all functional areas contributing to the system’s design, development, and deployment.

When there is a lack of alignment around shared principles, it inhibits the flow of value. Given that many large-scale cyber-physical systems have critical security and safety requirements, alignment across the value stream is even more important, as these systems provide a critical infrastructure that underpins civilization and our international security.

This paper specifically addresses concerns from the hardware engineering community and provides considerations to support their Industrial DevOps journey.

  • Publication Date September 27, 2022
  • Pages 18

Features

  • Expert Authors

    This paper is written by experienced practitioners who have worked developing modern cyber-physical systems.

  • Clear Guidance

    Provides eight recommendations (principles) to bring DevOps principles and practices into complex cyber-physical systems.

  • Builds Bridges

    This paper specifically addresses concerns from the hardware engineering community and provides clear solutions

  • All Levels

    Change Agents can come from anywhere on the org chart. This paper directly provides guidance on how to lead change no matter your role or title.

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The adoption of Industrial DevOps principles is uneven across the value streams of complex systems and the supply chains contributing to regulated, cyber-physical systems at scale. The purpose of Industrial DevOps is to intentionally apply the principles across all functional areas contributing to the system’s design, development, and deployment.

When there is a lack of alignment around shared principles, it inhibits the flow of value. Given that many large-scale cyber-physical systems have critical security and safety requirements, alignment across the value stream is even more important, as these systems provide a critical infrastructure that underpins civilization and our international security.

This paper specifically addresses concerns from the hardware engineering community and provides considerations to support their Industrial DevOps journey.

Suzette Johnson
Robin Yeman
Harry Koehnemann
Jeffrey Shupack
Hasan Yasar
Ben Grinnell
Deborah Brey
Steve Farley
Josh Corman
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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Harry Koehnemann

Harry Koehnemann

Harry Koehnemann, Scaled Agile Inc., is a methodologist and SAFe Fellow. He helps organizations build and deliver large, complex systems faster, more predictably, and with high quality using SAFe. He has spent the past two decades working with large system builders in aerospace, defense, automotive, and other industries to apply Lean/Agile principles to their engineering practices, including systems engineering practices, quality management, and compliance.

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Jeffrey Shupack

Jeffrey Shupack

Jeffrey Shupack, president, Project & Team, is an advisor, speaker, and author who helps organizations improve efficiency in delivering complex products. Specializing in change management, AI, digital innovation, and fostering learning cultures, Shupack guides leaders to enhance operational flow, speed to market, and customer satisfaction. As a distinguished SAFe Fellow, he leverages proven methodologies from Lean/Agile, DevOps, design thinking, and organizational development to drive digital transformation. With decades of experience in bridging theory and practice, Shupack has delivered measurable, impactful outcomes across industries such as aerospace, automotive, defense, energy, finance, government, technology, manufacturing, medical, and oil and gas. He collaborates with Fortune 100 companies and government agencies. Shupack is also a published author in leading industry journals and a sought-after speaker at international conferences. Find his work at jeffreyshupack.com.

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Hasan Yasar

Hasan Yasar

Hasan Yasar is the Technical Director of the Continuous Deployment of Capability group at the Software Engineering Institute, CMU. Hasan leads an engineering group to enable, accelerate, and assure Transformation at the speed of relevance by leveraging, DevSecOps, Agile, Lean AI/ML, and other emerging technologies to create a Smart and secure Software Platform/Pipeline. Hasan has more than 25 years of experience as a senior security engineer, software engineer, software architect, and manager in all phases of secure software development and information modeling processes. He is also a Teaching Professor at CMU’s Heinz College and Software and Societal Systems College where he currently teaches “Software and Security” and “DevOps for Engineering Secure Development and Deployment”. Hasan also serves various IEEE/ISO, The Open Group, and NIST standard developments. He recently co-authored IEEE 2675 DevOps standard, while working on IEEE 828 Configuration Management, IEEE 982.1 Software Reliability, ISO Wkg 29 Agile, and DevOps standard development.

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Ben Grinnell

Ben Grinnell

Evangelist for modern IT practices that help organisations use their technology to learn & act fast, safely and at scale

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Deborah Brey

Deborah Brey

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Steve Farley

Steve Farley

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Josh Corman

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