Agile + DevOps West 2023 Concurrent Session : Adapting Agile Methodologies for Use in Regulated Industries Such as Aerospace & Life Sciences


Wednesday, June 9, 2021 - 1:15pm to 2:15pm

Adapting Agile Methodologies for Use in Regulated Industries Such as Aerospace & Life Sciences

How to adapt agile techniques for planning, development and testing so that they can be used in larger more complex situations that have a high degree of regulatory complexity, such as life sciences, aerospace, automotive and defense. In this session I would like to discuss my experiences with planning, developing and testing software applications in industries such as healthcare and finance that are heavily regulated by the Government, with strict requirements for validation, traceability and evidence. During the session, I will provide several actual examples, based on experiences and real-world war stories from our clients in these industries. We will cover the role of requirements gathering and user story development, sprint planning, testing and continuous development, and how they can be applied in this unique and challenging environment. The session will include specific tips around FDA testing, HIPAA and GDPR data privacy, as well as how to comply with the testing and validation requirements of projects in specific industries. We shall also cover the rules, regulations, and reporting requirements, and present ways to harness agile approaches, and yet be able to provide the information needed by regulators and other audit agencies to ensure the products being tested are compliant.

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Adam Sandman, who founded Inflectra in 2006, has been a programmer since the age of 10. Today, Adam serves as the company’s CEO. He is responsible for product strategy, technology innovation, and business development. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his family.

Prior to founding Inflectra, Sandman worked as a director for Sapient Government Services, where he was in charge of development with the U.S. Marine Corps. and other government agencies, and was responsible for leading many capture teams and writing whitepapers and position statements to build Sapient’s reputation as a leader in the defense space. He studied physics at Oxford University.

When he is not working, he can often be found giving talks at events such as NDIA Agile in Government Summit, STAR East, Software Testing Professionals Conference, and Swiss Testing Day. He is passionate about economic empowerment by helping to bridge technology opportunity gaps in the developing world.