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Thoughts on Verification: Agile From a Verification Perspective (Part 3 of 3)

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012 by Alex Melikian

In Part 3, Alex and Bryan discuss some of the growing pains of adopting or solidifying Agile methods in your verification process. Bryan also discusses about his website, which brings to light Agile related issues in SOC development. Part 1 and 2 can be viewed here and here respectively.

Special Note: If you missed Bryan’s presentation “Yes We Kanban” at the MTV Conference, never fear! Bryan will soon release a whitepaper on Kanban and its merits in the verification world. Look for it to be published soon on the Verilab website.

Alex Melikian: I’m beginning to get the picture that Agile is not a “one size fits all” solution, but a collection of methods that can be cherry picked to match the culture and working environment of the team. As mentioned previously, where cross auditing is used instead of pair programming, or vice versa.

Sadly I feel there are companies out there that don’t engage in any of these Agile techniques. There’s always a reason like lack of time and/or resources. Others however, I believe is simply due to omission, and that’s something that has to change. So how can we at Verilab help some of our clients adopt and benefit from Agile techniques?

Bryan Morris: If the client is not aware about agile, I think we can provide some education on the various frameworks and techniques, and then help them decide which best fits their unique culture. As well, we can provide some guidance on how to introduce the agile techniques. Almost nothing will guarantee an unsuccessful agile adoption if you try swap out what they are doing and and introduce a completely new “agile” way of doing things. I truly believe that it’s best to use an incremental approach. Pick and choose a few techniques that best fit your team’s culture and experience, and the closer to what you’re already doing the better. Make that successful, and then pick the next “low hanging fruit” to tackle. I think we can help to educate and encourage our clients.
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Thoughts on Verification: Agile From a Verification Perspective (Part 2 of 3)

Thursday, December 6th, 2012 by Alex Melikian

In Part 2, Alex and Bryan discuss some Agile techniques and tools, and which ones can fit into your verification project management flow. Part 1 can be found here.

Special Note: For those attending Microprocessor Test and Verification (MTV 2012) conference in Austin TX, we cordially invite you to attend 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: I think in our business, people are used to things moving really quickly and having to cope with it. Do you think those involved in project management or even verification are already doing something that is similar to an Agile technique, but they just don’t know it?

Bryan Morris: Yes, definitely. I think people are using a lot techniques and sub-sets of Agile in isolation with other techniques. I think very few teams are are using a pure waterfall scheduling approach. Most teams already break the project down into little chunks (or mini-milestones). Some teams do code reviews that allow you to review work in progress. People do mid-cycle or mid-project reviews to understand where they can improve their process. They say ‘stop’ and review what we’ve done and figure out what we need to do to move forward. So yeah, I agree, I think there are a lot of people who are using these in pieces. I think what the Agile framework allows you to do is pull everything into one package that creates a common understanding of how it’s going to work.

AM: So, kind of a glue that ensures everyone’s work fits together.

BM: Yes, exactly.

AM: We were talking about a ‘customer’ before. Who is the customer in an Agile context? You mentioned the marketing department, but who else can be that customer?

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UVM Phasing Survey

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012 by JL Gray

Verilab is currently conducting a survey to find out how SystemVerilog/UVM users are, well, using phasing and phase jumping. We would greatly appreciate your feedback! Click on the link below to take the survey.

UVM Runtime Phasing and Phase Jumping Survey

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