For some time, I’ve been working with Altran UK on how we can use, improve and deploy Agile approaches in the development of high-integrity software. We’ve presented our ideas at SCSC events and at the SSS conference with encouraging feedback, so we wrote it up as a Viewpoint article for CACM, which appeared here today.
I’d like personally thank Moshe Vardi for the encouragement to give this a go in the first place, and diligent reviewing of the manuscript from Bertrand Meyer.
For a while now, I’ve been working with my colleagues at Altran on “High Integrity Agile” – basically trying to work out how we can combine the best bits of the Agile Manifesto with what we already know from Lean, Formal Methods, Correctness-by-Construction, TSP and so on. The other week I gave a short talk on the subject at the invitation of Chris Hills from Phaedrus Systems. This covers a few of the issues we’ve encountered so far. Chris has posted a lightly-edited video of the talk, and I’m pleased to say that I didn’t appear to say anything overtly stupid or embarrassing, so here it is…
Many thanks to Altran UK for supporting this work, and approval to post the video.
I was lucky enough to attend and speak at this event in London on 25th June. I was talking about recent work I’ve been doing for a client on “High Integrity Agile” – basically trying to find the right combination of Lean, Agile, and Formal approaches for a high integrity project.
The speakers also included Felix Redmill, speaking about his experience with “Evolutionary Development” in the 1980s that led to his excellent (and recently re-published) book on the subject.
The key-note speaker was Professor Bertrand Meyer, whose recent book “Agile: The Good, the Hype and the Ugly” has caused something of a stir. The book is a plain-speaking critique of the Agile approach and doesn’t pull its punches. There’s also an on-demand version of a recent ACM webinar that Bertrand gave on the same subject which is worth a look.
Slides from the SCSC event are now available here.
Update: a short video shot at the event is now available here.