Sara Deaton

Vice President Quality Assurance at Cummings Aerospace, Inc.

Sara Deaton

Sara Deaton is the VP of Quality Assurance at Cummings Aerospace. She has 30 years experience in the defense industry. She is an ASQ Certified Software Quality Engineer and Process Analyst. Her background includes software development, systems engineering, program management, quality and mission assurance. She actively participated in the development and maintenance of many quality management systems, as well as served on multiple CMMI assessment/evaluation teams. Ms. Deaton led Cummings Aerospace's CMMI and AS9100 implementation and works to ensure all corporate processes deliver effective results. Ms. Deaton enjoys problem solving and helping businesses to become more efficient.

Achieving Capability in Regulated and Government Environments

Satisfying formal design documentation using Scrum and CMMI

Cummings Aerospace has tailored our Scrum process to address the more formal waterfall design documentation needs of the typical Department of Defense customer. We determined an acceptable level of tailoring that allows us to deliver robust design documentation while still adhering to the spirit of Scrum methodology. Our Scrum process design modifications were driven by the basic question: What is the purpose of the design document? Let us share our vision of how formal design products and the agility of Scrum can work together to satisfy contractual needs, while facilitating communication across engineering disciplines and software development teams.


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