We’ve talked with companies in over 20 countries (and counting) in product categories ranging from electronic toys to military contractors who are all in various stages of applying agile methods to their product development efforts. What each company who is using Agile for Hardware has in common is a need to develop products faster, manage changing requirements and increasing their focus on real customers.
Below we share some of the rationale for why the Modified Agile for Hardware Framework is necessary along with some of the common objections we hear.
The most common question we get is how to get started. You’ve likely spent years refining your Stage-Gate, Lean, Sig Sigma or other processes. With MAHD, none of these need to be completely discarded. In fact, MAHD builds on each of these and can seamlessly be integrated with little disruption if you take an incremental approach and focus on the principles first. Your objective should be to take the best elements of each to create a holistic, end-to-end new product system that:
Drives focus and efficiencies
Delivers products and services that delight customers
Enables identification and execution of innovative opportunities
Allows you to rapidly learn and adapt to changing competitive and customer factors
Enhances collaboration and team synergies
Your processes shouldn’t run your company. Just like a great sales person never comes across as a sales person, your process should almost be invisible to your company. Teams and leaders should know what to do and how to do it not because of a process document, but because the methods and activities make sense and get the desired results.
To learn quickly if MAHD is right for you, try these basic steps:
Identify a pilot project and team. Select an important, but not mission critical small to medium-sized project. Ideally involve 5-12 cross-discipline team members to plan and execute as one MAHD team.
Learn about the MAHD Core Framework. Download the e-book, steps and other resources. Assign roles and keep minds open.
Try it. Develop your Agile Project Brief, gather the team and execute the MAHD On-ramp steps until you have an Iteration Plan and initial backlog.
Document learning. At each step ask, “What works here? What doesn’t?”
Improve and expand. Develop the next pilot or roll out more broadly with your improvements.
Transformation is never simple, but the benefits will be worth the effort.
If you’re considering a trial of the MAHD Framework, Auxilium (the founders of the framework) has developed a range of cost-effective programs to get started quickly. Go here for more suggestions on how to get started.
If you’d like to discuss your situation, get an overview of the MAHD Framework or learn more about the options to get started, the fastest way is to set up a 45-minute video discussion with one of our evangelists.