About MAHD

Software developers have discovered that traditional project management doesn’t work. Requirements take too long to document and once written are inaccurate since customers must experience a product to provide real feedback. So a new way — Agile — was created and embraced. All good. But what about products that have mechanical and electronic components? Can products that range from trash cans to complex medical devices benefit from Agile’s goodness? Yes. The methods are sound, but the Agile processes such as Scrum require significant changes to support the needs of hardware development where making changes is costly, partial products are difficult to test with real customers and hard schedules are demanded by management. The Modified Agile for Hardware Development (MAHD) Framework provides the benefits of Agile, but makes important changes for the needs of  physical products.

Live 4-hour Small Group
Online Seminars

To develop your MAHD skills, we have developed a series of four,  live 4-hour interactive online seminars to learn about how to modify agile methods for the unique needs of hardware development.  We limit participants to ten to allow ample time to address specific questions and challenges.

A complete overview and toolkit to apply the Modified Agile for Hardware Development (MAHD) framework to any project that can benefit from a focused kickoff, consistent stakeholder feedback and iterative development cycles.

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Go deep into the five Agile for Hardware On-Ramp steps and learn how to lead an effective agile project kickoff, develop a focused agile schedule and prepare for your first successful iteration.

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Learn more about the two unique types of iterations required for physical products and how to effectively lead reviews from preparation to retrospectives as well as manage the backlog, risk, dependencies and schedules.

Complete your agile for hardware skill set with in-depth learning of velocity charts, managing diverse teams, how to communicate effectively with executives, and more.

Going MAHD - Step-by-Step

To help practitioners visualize the MAHD Framework in action, we have developed a series of nine articles to explain how agile methods and tools can be used for physical products. We hope you’ll join us on this journey as JavaBrew uses agile methods to develop an innovative new coffee maker.

Step 9 is Here!

The JavaBrew team has completed their agile project with the launch of their new smart coffee maker. Was agile effective? Will the new product be successful? Is the team ready to kill each other? 

Find out in this final chapter of Step-by-Step Modified Agile for Hardware Development. 

Learning Options - How Much Time Do You Have?

E-Book

Intro to MAHD

Explains the key elements of the MAHD process and how to get started.​

5- Minute Video

Larry Builds a Roof Robot with Agile Principles

Follow Larry as he provides a 5-minute overview of Agile for Hardware methods.

75-Second Video

Executive Overview

In Just 75-seconds...

A short overview of what makes MAHD different than agile for software. 

MAHD User Stories

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