Large-Scale Agile Case Study at SITA

Thursday 27 June 2013

6.00pm - 9.00pm

BCS, 1st Floor, The Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London, WC2E 7HA | Maps

John Flenley & Olivier Poulard

Free of charge, for BCS and Non-BCS members.

Presentation followed by Q&A panel

In 2008, SITA invested in one of the largest transformation projects ever attempted in the airline industry, a 5-year, 100,000 Function Point, $158m program to replace legacy mainframe components with next generation equivalents. After 3 years, the first modules had been successfully developed; however, multiple challenges were being experienced due to the complexity and scale of the program which were impacting the final delivery date. 

In this session, John Flenley, Vice President of Software Development, and Olivier Poulard, Director of Software Development, NextGen PSS, at SITA, will introduce you to the “Agile Factory Model” - a concept that was created to turnaround a strategic program using an agile development methodology and multiple, geographically dispersed, offshore suppliers.

You will discover the elements that have been fundamental to the successful execution of the “Agile Factory Model” that have resulted in the tripling of productivity levels, improvements in quality and engagement across cross-functional team members, as well as a dramatic reduction in the cost per Function Point. 

John Flenley - Biography

John Flenley FBCS CITP is Vice President of Software Development at SITA (Société Internationale de Télécommunications Aéronautiques), one of the world’s leading specialists in air transport communications and IT solutions serving over 3,200 customers in more than 200 countries, delivering and managing business solutions for airlines, airports, governments and global distribution systems over the world’s most extensive network.

Since joining SITA in 2008, John has introduced the Software Development organisation to Agile and Scrum methodologies and “best of breed” practices, including CMMI and ISO, which has resulted in the creation of a strong, process-driven management team. Prior to joining SITA, John held senior strategic roles with IBM and Diebold. John has over 30 years of experience of the software product development lifecycle and in building and leading large scale, globally distributed development teams. John is a Fellow of the British Computer Society.

Olivier Poulard - Biography

Olivier Poulard MBCS is Director of Software Development, Next Generation Passenger Service Systems, at SITA. Olivier joined SITA in 2005 in Atlanta, USA, to manage the software engineering and development of SITA’s Next Generation Baggage IT systems. In 2011 Olivier relocated to London, UK to takeover and manage the development and delivery of SITA's Next Generation Core Passenger Service Systems.

After designing a systemic, scalable software development model based on Agile (Scrum) and just-in-time supply chain concepts, for one of the world's largest Agile-based development programs, Olivier engaged and managed offshore teams in excess of 650 software analysts, designers, developers and testers (located in India, Ukraine, Russia).

This Agile-Factory Model, including all guiding principles and practices as well as results-driven contracts, specifically tailored for large distributed and offshore projects, enabled vital productivity gains (3 fold increase), cost reductions (55%), quality improvements (60% less defects) and consistent on-time deliveries. Olivier is a Professional Member of the British Computer Society.

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