Agile delivers better products and reduces risk for product development efforts ranging from trash cans to tunneling microscopes.
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.
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Modifying Agile for HW
Getting Started with MAHD
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.
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Larry Builds a Roof Robot with Agile Principles
Follow Larry as he provides a 5-minute overview of Agile for Hardware methods.