About MAHD

Software developers have discovered Agile methods enhance focus and collaboration 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. Agile methods are sound, but they require small, but significant changes to support the needs of hardware development because making changes is costly, partial products are difficult to test with real customers and real schedules are demanded by management. The Modified Agile for Hardware Development (MAHD) Framework provides the benefits of Agile, but supports the needs of  physical products.

90-Second Video

Executive Overview

A short overview of what makes MAHD different than agile for software.  You’ll quickly learn about the key elements of the MAHD Framework and the benefits of agile methods over waterfall development.

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Live 4-hour Small Group
Online Seminars

A great way to learn more and build new skills is to join our online learning programs.  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.

Learn more and see dates

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.

Learn more and see dates

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.

Take a Step-by-Step Agile
Journey with JavaBrew

The JavaBrew team used  agile methods to develop and launch a new smart coffee maker. Was agile effective? Will the new product be successful? Is the team ready to kill each other? 

Learn more about the MAHD Framework  step-by-step. 

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.

10 Benefits of MAHD

Learn the 10 Advantages of Agile over Waterfall

Agile’s rapid learning cycles deliver a range of benefits from more focus to a better culture.

MAHD User Stories

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