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Learning from the past to improve the SDLC process of today

‎05-28-2013 07:33 AM - edited ‎09-18-2015 03:59 PM

If Henry Ford was heading to HP Discover 1913, I believe the main topic would have been Ford motor company’s revolutionary solution. This solution improved quality while reducing cost and time-to-market for any company that delivered products or services to customers. The concept Henry Ford talked about was the automation of the assembly process using the conveyor belt. Ford and his team of engineers didn't address the fabrication of the car; he addressed the process in which the car was manufactured.  By focusing on the process he was able to reduce cost while increasing the quality of product.


HP has taken the same approach to the application lifecycle development process. Each team within the many software development lifecycle (SDLC) processes has become highly specialized and highly effective within their area of expertise. However, this can create silos when it comes to the entire SDLC process. We believe that by building automation, integration, real-time performance indicators and reliability into the SDLC process, IT organizations can focus on reducing costs and improving quality.


The HP approach to the SDLC process is much like how Henry Ford’s team of engineers looked at the current automobile manufacturing process. At that time, each team of automotive specialists (fabricators, mechanics, upholsterers, etc..) would fabricate the model T in the same fashion that residential homes are built today.  In this model, each specialized team was responsible for ordering, fabricating, and fitting each part on a stationary automobile frame in a single bay of a large garage. A lot of times these teams moved their own tools, parts and equipment from one bay to the next.  Something as simple as a misplaced tool or part could cause catastrophic delays in the manufacturing process.


By moving the automobile and parts down a conveyor belt, the Ford Motor Company was able to place the specialist in stationary bays and bring the automobile and parts directly to his or her workstation.  Let’s fast forward to today—even with the introduction of robotics, the conveyor system still plays a large part within the manufacturing industry.


HP’s application lifecycle intelligence process and professional services modular approach to the SDLC process operates much in the same way as Henry Ford’s conveyor belt system. Pairing a modular approach to the SDLC process allows us to focus on key deliverables and processes for specific teams within the IT organization. This allows for a great deal of customization while still maintaining a consistency and continuity across the complete SDLC process.


If you would like to know more about this innovative approach to the SDLC process please feel free to contact me at any time. In addition if you are planning to attend HP discover 2013 please sign up for the breakout session “BB2460 - Automating your application development process to resemble an assembly line” to find out how we utilize this process in your environment. I hope to make this breakout session interesting, intuitive and innovative, all with just  a touch of humor and fun. I look forward to seeing you there.


Here are the slides from my presentation. I hope you find them engaging and are begging for more when you finish!


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About the Author


Michael Deady is a Pr. Consultant & Solution Architect for HP Professional Service and HP's ALM Evangelist for IT Experts Community. He specializes in software development, testing, and security. He also loves science fiction movies and anything to do with Texas.

on ‎11-01-2013 06:53 AM
If you would like to see the slide show please see Automate the sdlc process from Michael Deady
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