Agile + DevOps East 2022 Concurrent Session : Industrial DevOps: Responding to Misconceptions


Wednesday, November 9, 2022 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Industrial DevOps: Responding to Misconceptions

Industrial DevOps (IDO) extends the original concept of DevOps used primarily in software environments into cyber-physical world to account for complex system of systems, which include hardware, firmware, and software. The intent of IDO is to enable significant cyber-physical systems development programs to be more responsive to changing needs while reducing lead times. It is the application of continuous flow, continuous improvement, and 8 IDO principles to the development, manufacturing, deployment, and serviceability of significant cyber-physical systems.

In this discussion, we introduce common misconceptions preventing organizations from realizing the benefits of IDO across the full value stream. We have witnessed the uneven adoption of IDO principles across complex supply chains contributing to regulated, cyber-physical solutions at scale, which inhibits the flow of value and threatens our critical infrastructure that underpins civilization and our international security. We start with an introduction of Industrial DevOps principles. We will then share several misconceptions with specific attention to hardware development. As we will walk through the misconceptions, we offer actions that may be taken to overcome the misconceptions. This presentation is for anyone who wants to better understand some of the commonly held misconceptions that inhibit wider adoption of IDO across a cyber-physical solution.



Dr. Suzette Johnson works for Northrop Grumman Corporation near Baltimore, Maryland. As an NG Fellow, she leads Northrop Grumman’s Lean-Agile Transformation and Center of Excellence. Her initial experience with Agile-related practices began nearly 20 years ago with product development for a commercial company focused on financial and enterprise management systems. Over the past fifteen years she has supported over 100 NG internal, Federal, and DoD programs supporting their transition and maturation of Agile principles and development practices. She has trained/coached over 4,000 individuals on agile practices. Recent published papers include co-authoring: Industrial DevOps Defined (2018), Applied Industrial DevOps (2019) and Industrial DevOps 2.0 (2020). 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.

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Robin Yeman has expertise spanning over twenty-five years in software engineering with focus on Digital Engineering, DevSecOps, and Agile building large complex solutions across multiple domains from submarines to satellites. She advocates for continuous learning with multiple certifications including SAFe Fellow, SPCT, CEC, PMP, PMI-ACP, and CSEP. She is a Systems Engineering PhD candidate at Colorado State researching best practices to deliver complex safety critical solutions using Agile and DevSecOps. She provides mentoring, guidance, coaching support, and conducts training classes for engineering and management teams and customers on Digital Engineering, DevSecOps and Agile tools, process, and methodologies. She is also directly engaged and involved with DoD organizations in the Agile/DevOps initiatives including supporting updates to software acquisition policy in 2020 as well as program execution and program transitions to Agile development methodology. She has also led several efforts in Agile program execution and continues to lend her expertise on the development of Safety Critical Systems using Digital Engineering, DevSecOps, and Agile techniques and processes on management, schedule, cost, and technical performance.