Graceful Migration of Agile Systems Across Next-Generation Life Cycle Boundaries

  • Rick Dove
  • Garry Turkington
Part of the Flexible Systems Management book series (FLEXSYS)


In this chapter, we explore the nature of migration as it applies to crossing system-retirement life cycle boundaries gracefully, intending to inform purposeful design of would-be, long-lived, always-effective enterprises, and the systems that support them. We use previous work on agile systems and enterprises to define migration as the crossing of a change in basic infrastructure, be it technical, organizational, or strategic. We consider the classic view of the system life cycle and highlight its limitations in a rapidly changing world. We analyze two successful and contemporary large-scale migrations and illuminate the factors that facilitated their success, contributing toward a pattern language for agile-system architecture in the process. Finally, the lessons of the analysis are suggested as potential informants for force transformation in the US military and adoption of service-oriented architectures in the enterprise.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Stevens Institute of TechnologyHobokenUSA
  2. 2.Paradigm Shift InternationalColumbiaUSA

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