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MIT SDM Systems Thinking Webinar Series

Speaker: Steven D. Eppinger, MIT Portrait of Steven EppingerProfessor of Management Science and SDM Faculty Co-Director. 

Date: Monday, June 17, 2019

For additional information on Agile methods, Prof. Eppinger recommends these resources:

Jeff Sutherland, Rini van Solingen, and Eelco Rustenburg, The Power of Scrum, North Charleston, SC: CreateSpace, 2011.

Kevin W. Thompson, Solutions for Agile Governance in the Enterprise (SAGE), Sophont Press, 2019.

About the Talk: Agile development has created a number of very effective practices through implementation largely in the software industry. Today, we are finding ways to adopt some of these agile techniques in other domains. This seminar will review a range of practices from spiral development in time-boxed sprints to various hybrids of agile combined with staged processes. With an eye toward application outside the realm of software, we will discuss how these techniques may be appropriately adjusted to suit specific development challenges. Of particular interest to the SDM community will be scaling agile processes to handle the planning and coordination demands of complex system development.

About the Series

Sponsored by the System Design & Management (SDM) program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the MIT SDM Systems Thinking Webinar Series features research conducted by SDM faculty, alumni, students, and industry partners. The series is designed to disseminate information on how to employ systems thinking to address engineering, management, and socio-political components of complex challenges. Recordings and slides from prior SDM webinars can be accessed here.