If we think of Documentation as a SPRINT deliverable, can we indeed have Agile and CSV?

Question on a LinkedIn group:

V model for Agile?

Life Science industry is using traditional V model for CSV. Should this model be changed for Agile based development, testing and validation.
I believe we should be able to use the user stories instead URS as the basis of V model. Please share your thought. Thanks

PJ Singh, PMP
Co-Founder & Director – Quality, Compliance, Validation, and Technology Integration

I’ve found out, during my tenure as Scrum PO for a GxP regulated product, that if you have a documentation resource, usually a Business Analyst, embedded in the SCRUM team, constantly making sure that there is documentation alignment between URS and User Stories, and make the documentation part of the Definition of Done, you can have a very strong alignment between V model and Agile practices.

I’m willing to propose and defend that, for implementing CSV while practicing Agile, one needs to have Documentation as a SPRINT deliverable.

SCRUM MASTER Certification @ RUMOS w/ Peter Stevens

I did the Scrum Master certification course with Peter Stevens, facilitated by the Portuguese training company RUMOS.

Having recently being appointed Senior Product Development Manager at Elsevier R&D, with a strong requirement in acting as Product Owner for the relevant agile Teams, this was a must have.

The course was delivered  following a SCRUM approach, ie: each module was a separate ticket with specific acceptance criteria. A Kanban board was always visible indicating the status of the whole course, making many of the learning objectives self evident. Many artifacts were used routinely throughout the course, much earlier than their formal introduction to the audience.

The training team (pedagogical dyad ? ) also counted with Hugo Lourenço, a collaborator of Peter Stevens, for quite some time.

The hands-on exercise was very interesting and a clear introduction to the pressures of a real SCRUM cycle, in real time, from Vision to Delivery, in  60 Mins. I leave the readers to find what the exercise is by attending the course.

There were some novel (at least for me) pedagogical devices, like calling for us to look for aha moments (I collected several) and conversations to start Monday morning at the office, preferably around the coffee machine.

Next week I’ll be attending the Product Owner specific course in Oporto. Looking forward to it.