The Modified Agile for Hardware Development (MAHD) Framework provides the benefits of Agile, but supports the needs of physical product development.
SW teams have discovered Agile methods increase customer focus, accelerate time-to-market and enhance collaboration. Hardware-based teams can also get big benefits over traditional processes, but since Agile wasn’t designed for physical products, a modified approach must:
Adapt to new insight, but allow designs to freeze
Accommodate a range of disciplines (including SW)
Manage lead times, schedule & production needs
Support p/t team members & external stakeholders
The MAHD Framework is ideal for manufactured products and portfolios that include a combination of mechanical components, electronics and software elements. It can be scaled from managing simple projects to complex systems and full portfolios. Learn more about who’s applying Agile for Hardware.
“The MAHD Framework is the only Agile methodology we’ve seen that truly understands hardware.”
The Complete MAHD Framework focuses your team’s efforts from small projects to complete product portfolios. At first glance it might look complicated, but you have many of the elements already in place with project and product leaders, teams and portfolios. As you transform to an Agile development organization, you’ll apply Agile principles to enhance your ability to learn through rapid development cycles, build rapid prototyping skills and engage with customers at the right time.
Browse our interactive MAHD model to learn more.
Transforming a process is never simple. In addition to changing methods and tools, it also requires a change of attitude, culture and daily way-of-working. To learn about the MAHD Framework, a good place to start is to download the Intro to MAHD e-book and the Coffee Maker series of nine steps, which explains how agile methods and tools can be used for physical products from concept to launch. To see how the framework can be scaled to complex projects and whole product lines, explore the Complete MAHD Framework with the interactive guide.
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What’s unique about HW? Do roles need to change? We’ve answered the top 25 questions we receive in the MAHD FAQ.
The fastest way to learn if MAHD is right for you is to send us a note to request a 45-minute overview and discussion of your situation. Whether you’re currently using Stage-Gate, Lean, Six-Sigma or other, we can help you quickly learn:
The unique benefits of the MAHD Framework
The best approaches to trial Agile before making big internal changes
How to best manage the transition from your current way-of-working to a more Agile way
“Schedule Now” takes you to our schedule where you can select a date and time and share more of your goals.
Get hands-on training, coaching or assistance implementing agile methods to achieve your goals.
Agile for Hardware Workshops – Build new skills to lead and apply agile methods
Team and 1-on-1 Coaching – Get hands-on, customized help for teams and individuals in key roles
Agile Implementation Support – Identify the best approach to integrate agile methods into your environment
Follow the JavaBrew team as they use MAHD methods to develop and launch a new smart coffee maker. Was agile effective?
Learn more about the MAHD Framework with our 9-step guide. Each step shares the principles, roles, methods and tools of Agile for Hardware.