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Implementing Kanban for agile process management within the ALMA Software Operations Group
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Paper Abstract

After the inauguration of the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), the Software Operations Group in Chile has refocused its objectives to: (1) providing software support to tasks related to System Integration, Scientific Commissioning and Verification, as well as Early Science observations; (2) testing the remaining software features, still under development by the Integrated Computing Team across the world; and (3) designing and developing processes to optimize and increase the level of automation of operational tasks. Due to their different stakeholders, each of these tasks presents a wide diversity of importances, lifespans and complexities. Aiming to provide the proper priority and traceability for every task without stressing our engineers, we introduced the Kanban methodology in our processes in order to balance the demand on the team against the throughput of the delivered work. The aim of this paper is to share experiences gained during the implementation of Kanban in our processes, describing the difficulties we have found, solutions and adaptations that led us to our current but still evolving implementation, which has greatly improved our throughput, prioritization and problem traceability.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 July 2014
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 9152, Software and Cyberinfrastructure for Astronomy III, 91521M (18 July 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2055646
Show Author Affiliations
Johnny Reveco, ALMA (Chile)
Matias Mora, National Radio Astronomy Observatory (United States)
Tzu-Chiang Shen, ALMA (Chile)
Ruben Soto, ALMA (Chile)
Jorge Sepulveda, ALMA (Chile)
Jorge Ibsen, European Southern Observatory (Chile)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9152:
Software and Cyberinfrastructure for Astronomy III
Gianluca Chiozzi; Nicole M. Radziwill, Editor(s)

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