Rick Crawford

Wood plc

Agile Business (L) 2019
Agile Business (L)
Friday 14.00 - 14.45

Session type: Lecture
Session level: Intermediate

Pragmatic Agile at scale with safety-critical products

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Are Agile methods appropriate for safety-critical products? I will describe how my team and our partners, working in the nuclear industry, have managed to be Agile while maintaining nuclear safety. A related issue is the complex nature of the work, spread over multiple teams in multiple companies, with work projected to continue for over 5 years. I will describe how an Agile approach has helped to manage this work. I will discuss the processes and artefacts we use and our attitude to these.


Rick has been in the nuclear industry since 2002, doing mathematical and computational modelling and quietly introducing little bits of Agility here and there. Since February 2016 he has led a team whose main focus is modelling the graphite core of the Advanced Gas-cooled Reactor. His team seeks to understand potential future states of the core. Their modelling produces evidence which will support safety cases and inform decisions on the operation of the reactors.


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