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Thoughts on Verification: Agile in the Verification World (Part 1 of 3)

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012 by Alex Melikian

In this edition of ‘Thoughts on Verification’, Verilab consultant Alex Melikian discusses Agile techniques and methodologies with Verilab senior consultant Bryan Morris. Before turning towards the verification world, Bryan came from a long history of software engineering and related project management. His experience and pedigree offer in-depth knowledge of how Agile can help development teams improve productivity and responsiveness when facing the increasing demands of a modern day ASIC/FPGA project.

In Part 1, Bryan explains the concepts and origins of Agile, as well as describing examples of how it can be applied in hardware development projects.

Special Note: For those attending Microprocessor Test and Verification (MTV 2012) conference in Austin TX, don’t miss Bryan’s presentation “Yes we Kanban!” on December 10th. Bryan will present the concepts of Kanban, an Agile methodology, and how it can work for your verification project management needs.

Alex Melikian: Hi Bryan! Thank you for joining me on this edition of ‘Thought’s on Verification’. Today we’re going to be talking about a topic that is a bit of a mystery for me and I suspect a few of our readers: Agile methodologies and techniques. Before we get into it, I would like to ask you to give a little introduction about yourself for our readers.

Bryan Morris: Great! I’m Bryan Morris and Senior Consultant at Verilab. I’ve been in the industry for about 27 years, the first 15 years were principally in embedded software design. Doing software on routers, wireless base-stations, and then gradually I moved up the food chain into a systems analysis role, where I was managing a group that did performance analysis of algorithms that were going to be implemented on ASICs. That led me into the ASIC design and verification space. Over the last 12 years I’ve specialized in ASIC/FPGA verification.

AM: How were you introduced to Agile? Or, in a nutshell how would you explain what Agile is?

BM: My introduction to Agile is interesting. Old things become new again, you know, the idea of doing incremental development was done back when I started in software. There were quite a few “agile” ideas that were being used: ‘evolutionary prototyping’, ‘incremental development’, that form a part of what Agile is today.
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