Enterprise Agile at Lockheed Martin

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Posted by APM on 23rd Feb 2015

APM members were guests of Lockheed Martin at this interactive presentation outlining Lockheed Martin’s experience in implementing Enterprise Agile across the corporation with a focus on management practices and lessons learned.

Lockheed Martin (LM) is a $46.5 billion global business with over one hundred and ten thousand employees operating in sixty countries engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration, and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products, and services.

In common with many other corporations, LM is experiencing increasing complexity, declining budgets, and shorter timelines. It has been critical for LM to both re-evaluate practices and optimise resources in order to remain competitive in today’s market.

Given the paradigm LM began using Agile practices in anger over ten years ago both domestically and internationally with ever increasing success. The programmess implementing Agile range from small teams of ten to larger programmes with more than five hundred people. Metrics on many of the programmes transitioned to Agile have shown a decrease in costs and schedules by up to fifty percent, with increasing quality levels.

While teams focused on Agile technical practices in the early years, LM has since learned that it is the Agile management practices that provide the greatest impact in ensuring successful business outcomes. This presentation will outline the Agile management practices (both theory and execution) that have been used on many of our programs and their corresponding results. Robin Yeman will share lessons learned across multiple domains for projects building everything from web Applications to fighter jets and satellites. 

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