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.
Live 4-hour Small Group
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.
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 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.
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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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.