SPICE

Automotive SPICE in agile software development refers to a quality standard, which is providing ability for the automobile manufacturers to go ahead and assess the overall performance of the suppliers and their engineering processes. Primary objective of this is to provide ability for project management to make sure that the requirements are catered in a better way and a high-quality output is obtained at the end of the day.

The importance to maintain quality standards such as ISO and IEC 15504 have tempted the agile development teams to go ahead with SPICE. Then it is possible for them to make sure that a high-quality product is obtained at the end of the day.

Proper planning and management will be able to help the development teams to end up with a quality outcome. That’s because it will help the people who work with production to adhere to the stakeholder and system requirements. In addition to that, it is important to make sure that all the implementations and test cases are properly worked on as well.

We are living in a world where there is a strong requirement to maintain quality. You will be able to maintain quality in an effective manner with the help and support offered by SPICE.

There should be properly defined requirements to be worked with SPICE. That’s because SPICE focuses on adhering to the requirements.

It is possible to define the requirements get approval for the requirements from different entities. Then it is possible to make sure that following such requirements will give life to a quality outcome at the end of the day.

— Slimane Zouggari

Portfolio SAFe

Portfolio SAFe has the ability to align strategy along with execution in a company. In addition to that, it is organizing proper solution development around the flow of value via one value stream or more.

Three additional core competencies are making Portfolio SAFe possible. They include Lean Portfolio Management, Continuous Learning Culture and Organizational Agility. Every single portfolio that you can find in Portfolio SAFe is connected either to a government entity or an enterprise.

Value streams is one of the highlights that you can find in Portfolio SAFe. In here, a value stream is developed in order to fund the resources and people to develop solutions that can deliver value to both customer as well as the business. Moreover, it is focusing on lean budgets, which provide proper financial control.

Portfolio SAFe has the ability to align the enterprise strategy to go ahead with a portfolio execution. This is done by focusing more on the value streams. This delivers the basic governance mechanisms and budgeting mechanisms at the end of the day. In the meantime, you can see how portfolio sync is being used to provide a clear picture on how the portfolio is progressing to cater to strategic goals and objectives.

If there is a need to introduce developing right things within a lean agile company along with the usage of appropriate investments, Portfolio SAFe principles can be used. The portfolio will be able to cater to a strategic objective. In the meantime, business epics will capture and reflect all the capabilities that the business has in order to deliver value streams across the organization.

— Slimane Zouggari

Nexus Integration Team

Nexus Integration Team (NIT) is a new role that you can find within the Nexus framework. This role will be performed by a group of individuals. As mentioned in the Nexus guide, this team will be able to coach, coordinate and supervise the application of Nexus framework within the Scrum team. Along with that, it is possible to get the best outcomes of the Nexus framework implementation as well.

Primary responsibility of the Nexus integration team is to make sure that Nexus framework is properly maintained and adhered to by the team. It is important to scale the agile scrum teams. The team will supervise and see whether it is taking place properly. If not, appropriate actions will be taken for it.

The Nexus integration team has a clear understanding about Nexus framework and the role played by it within the agile scrum teams. They will closely monitor the process and introduce changes as needed.

Nexus framework is important to properly scale the agile scrum teams. Once it is implemented in the team, the team should be able to follow it and get the most out of it. If that doesn’t happen, a series of issues can take place. That’s where the Nexus integration team will monitor the process and make sure that everything happens properly as planned.

It is important to highlight the importance of Nexus framework for the agile teams, so that they also make an effort to move forward with the changes and stick to it at all times.

If an agile team is not adhering to the Nexus framework, a Nexus Integration Team can analyze the situation and provide appropriate feedback.

— Slimane Zouggari

Large Solution SAFe

Large Solution SAFe is made out of artifacts, roles and processes that are needed to develop complex and large scale solutions. In this level, you can find how special attention is paid towards capturing requirements while having solution in mind. This is done with proper coordination with multiple suppliers and Agile Release Trains. This is done in order to make sure that a company is in compliance with standards and regulations.

In order to develop large scale solutions with Large Solution SAFe, it is important to have additional roles, events, artifacts and coordination. Presence of these elements will cater towards the possibility of implementing Large Solution SAFe and ensuring a lean agile framework within the company.

When it comes to Large Solution SAFe, special attention is paid towards overcoming biggest challenges faced by a company. In order to overcome those challenges, the company will go ahead and develop large scale solutions as well. They are beyond the scope of single ART that can be developed.

Large Solution SAFe is using three different activities in order to coordinate with multiple suppliers and ARTs. They include pre and post pi planning, solution demonstration and inspection along with adoption. Then it is possible to evaluate the current solution and introduce the much needed change.

According to the definition of Scrum, a team should be less than 10 members. However, there are situations where bigger teams have to be employed to get projects completed. While dealing with such projects, Large Solution SAFe will come into play. They can offer much-needed support and assistance to introducing lean agility to the company.

— Slimane Zouggari

Essential SAFe

Essential SAFe is the minimal set of events, roles and artifacts that are needed to deliver business solutions through an Agile Release Train continuously to the Agile Teams. Due to the same reason, you can think about calling ART, or Agile Release Train as the heart of Essential SAFe as well. In here ART acts as the virtual company formed to increase functional boundaries while removing the unwanted steps when implementing SAFe principles and practices within a company.

You will have to deal with lots of bottlenecks when implementing SAFe lean agile practices and principles within a company. You can overcome them with ART. In the meantime, ART will be able to help you to enhance the functional boundaries as well.

Essential SAFe is a large solution. In fact, it can be implemented wider across an organization in a more convenient manner. Along with that, the time taken to get the entire company to function according to lean agile practices can be reduced. This is the main difference that you can see in Essential SAFe when compared to other configurations of SAFe.

Essential SAFe focuses more on fixing people because the processes will often be able to deliver similar behaviors within the people team. Along with that, it is possible to enhance the agility of the company as well.

In order to introduce agility to a company, managers will come across the need to overcome some cultural barriers of the team members. Overcoming these barriers will become an easy thing to do with the support and assistance offered by Essential SAFe at the end of the day.

— Slimane Zouggari

Cocomo

Cocomo is a regression-based model that is based on the number of lines of code, or LOC. In here, Cocomo refers to Constructive Cost Model. You can think about calling this as a procedural cost estimated model, which has the ability to estimate the software projects and go ahead with reliably predicting with many different parameters linked with working on a project such as quality, time, cost, effort and size.

There are three different models of Cocomo. The first level is Basic Cocomo. It is used for rough and quick calculations of the software development expenses. Then you can find the intermediate Cocomo, which is taking the influences of individuals in project phases into consideration. Detailed Cocomo is the last model, where the detailed cost drivers are taken into consideration.

Depending on the type of Cocomo, a specific formula will be followed. This formula is in a position to deliver effective results at the end of the day.

The main reason why we should use this agile software method is to get a reliable understanding about the software development cost. Once we have a solid understanding about the cost, it will be possible to take appropriate measures to reduce the cost factor accordingly.

Depending on the type of Cocomo followed, it is important to have a clear understanding about the cost drivers. Then you can minimize error and end up with a more accurate estimation.

A large number of parameters will be considered for Cocomo. They include hardware attributes, personal attributes and even project related attributes.

— Slimane Zouggari

Amoeba Management

Amoeba Management can be considered as a comprehensive management system. It has the ability to ensure a high level of dynamism within the company. In addition to that, it is possible to keep a very high level of employee commitment as well. This will eventually contribute towards the company success at the end of the day.

Throughout the recent years, thoughtful managers wanted to come up with a self-organizing system, which can be used to manage the employees in a better way. That’s’ where they got to know about the Amoeba Management methodology. It can help the employees to work with more accountability and responsibility.

Employees are often managed by managers. In other words, managers ask what the employees should be doing. This will make the managers spend a lot of time as well as effort on their own. If you want the managers to overcome doing this, it is possible to come up with Amoeba Management methodology. Then the employees will be able to work on their own and contribute towards end objectives of the company.

Lack of time among managers is the main reason why it is needed to come up with this management practice in Agile. Then it is possible to manage the employees with minimum manager intervention.

It is important to set up the mindset of the employees accordingly before moving forward with this management practice.

Managing remote employees can be considered as a tough job for the managers to do. In order to manage such employees, it is possible to provide them with responsibility and empowerment to work with. That’s where Amoeba Management will come into play.

— Slimane Zouggari

Agile Testing

When agile software development teams scale their team members and develop software, it is important to engage with testing as well. It will make sure that the software is properly developed in order to cater to the requirement of the product owner.

When it comes to standard software testing, the testers will wait until the entire software is developed by the developers to go ahead with testing. This is a time-consuming process. In order to overcome the difficulties associated with it, agile testing came into play. In agile testing, the testers will be able to keep on testing as the developers release developments for testing.

Agile testing can be considered as a continuous testing strategy. It is quite different from the waterfall testing methods. In here, the testers will go ahead and test the developments as the developers keep on releasing the developments.

 

Inside agile sprints, developers will keep on releasing their developments and the testers will be able to keep on testing those developments along with time. At the end of the sprint, a fully tested functionality to the software will be released by the agile development team.

 

It is important to make sure that the testers plan their time accordingly and work along with the testers in coordination. Then it is possible to make sure that testing can be completed before the time available in sprint times out.

Many different testing methodologies will be used in agile testing. They include acceptance test driven development testing, behavior driven development testing, exploratory testing and session-based testing as well. In addition to that, test strategy will be clearly executed as well.

— Slimane Zouggari

Agile teams

An agile team is made out from a cross functional group of individuals, who have everything, and everyone needed to create a functional and a tested version of a product. The team is working according to a set of rules and they are not moving in between different teams. They work together to achieve one common goal at the end of the day. 

 

The average size of an agile team will be 6 plus or minus three. In other words, the minimum number of individuals who can be on an agile team is 3 whereas the maximum number of individuals who can be on an agile team is 9.  

 

An agile team is a diverse team composed usually of business analysts, the software developers and software testers.

 

Typically, requirements on what to develop comes from the business analyst or the product owner. The developers will then develop based on the requirement and the testers will test to ensure that functionality is working as desired.  

 

It is important to plan effectively to go ahead with the agile team. Otherwise, there is a risk of getting work done within the agile lean environment.  

 

According to organizational structures, the employees from the group can be picked into the agile team based on their specialization. The specialists who come into the team will then be able to perform as one single group and get work done.  

 

— Slimane Zouggari

Agile Physical board vs Online board

When it comes to agile software development, most of the software development teams will be using a Scrum board (or a variant) in order to track the work in progress.

As the name suggests, an agile physical board is a traditional board displayed in the office (meeting room, project room, etc.). It can deliver the best results for smaller and local teams. Items in the agile physical board will be updated manually. Typically, using magnets or post-its.

An online tool will be used to create an agile online board. This will be a web-based board. It is possible to define rules accordingly, so that items in the scrum board gets updated automatically. This is ideal for the larger scrum teams.

 

If the team is small and local, it is possible to use an agile physical board. That’s because the agile physical board can provide a better chance for the people to visualize things. However, this might always not be the best approach available to move forward. In such a situation, it is important to go ahead with an online board. That’s because the online board will be updated automatically. The time and effort that has to be spent on managing the online board will be minimum as well.

Local teams are staying at one place. In such a situation, it will be possible for the team members to update the agile physical board in a convenient manner as well. They will be able to get the most out of the physical board and visualize content in an effective manner. This is not possible with managing large, remote teams.

— Slimane Zouggari