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Suzanne Miller

Suzanne Miller
Software Engineering Institute

For more than twenty years, Suzanne Miller has been a researcher, primarily at the Software Engineering Institute, in software and systems development and management, focusing on issues facing organizations adopting new practices. Earlier in her career, Suzanne focused on building and transitioning descriptive models of practice like Capability Maturity Models. Since 2008, she has focused on understanding the enablers and barriers to adoption of agile and lean methods in regulated settings like the US government. Suzanne authored CMMI Survival Guide: Just Enough Process Improvement. Look for her recent publications at

Speaker Presentations
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - 4:15pm
Agile & Regulated
Agile in Government and Highly Regulated Settings

Since 2009, the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) has been researching the adoption and application of agile and lean methods and principles in US government and other highly regulated settings (e.g., finance, healthcare) with regulatory constraints on their development lifecycles. At first, there were few of these organizations practicing agile; six years later the interest level in agile approaches to software (and systems, in some cases) development has increased tremendously. Suzanne Miller shares how agile affects areas such as management and governance, contracting, security, measurement, testing, and systems engineering. Suzanne provides insights into the constraints government organizations and regulated industries typically face when adopting agile principles, notes how changes in the regulatory environment are affecting those adopting agile, and shares both adoption risks and some of the strategies organizations are employing to address them.