Agile for Hardware

The Implications for Design Accountability in Agile for Hardware

Are you thinking about switching over to using agile for hardware development? There’s one cultural change you might want to consider before you make the switch.

Agile for Hardware Development: Implications of Sprints and Working Prototypes

Agile seems to be making progress in the development processes for hardware. In this video, Chad Jackson talks about the implications of springs and working prototypes. They take on an entirely new meaning when #agile is applied to hardware.

Lockheed’s Agile System Engineering Transition

Over the course of the last year, I’ve found that advocates of system engineering share some common beliefs. The transition to smart, connected products is driving increased development complexity. System engineering is a means to mitigate that increasing complexity. Yet, system engineering can slow things down. While attending the INCOSE (International Council of System Engineering) Symposium …

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Implications of Agile and Scrum in Mechanical Design

Recently, many mechanical engineering teams are contemplating the adoption of agile methods for design. This post covers the implications.

Can Mechanical Engineers Adopt Agile Product Development?

Should mechanical engineering companies adopt an agile-oriented paired design approach? That question has been raised a lot lately and it’s a pertinent one, as agile has gained an enormous amount of popularity in the world of software development over the last 12 years. At first blush, the method appears a natural fit for product design. …

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Agile Development for Mechatronics Products?

“We don’t have enough engineers.” That’s was the takeaway headline, according to a Computerworld article, from Obama’s speech back in the middle of June. For anyone that’s been tracking the STEM shortfall issue, that might not come as a terrible surprise. Yet there was one other issue I came across in this summary that did …

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Product Lifecycle Management (PLM)

Where Lean Product Development Goes Wrong

Surprising how time flies by isn’t it. Here we are, now in March of 2011 and I’m thinking to myself “how did that happen?” Feeling the need to catch up, I called a friend of mine here in Austin and went to grab a drink. We spent a while catching up but soon enough, our conversation steered towards shop-talk. See, he’s an been deploying lean, six sigma and other similar initiatives for years. And what he said surprised me a bit.

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