In engineering, it is very typical to go from digital to physical. Engineers create digital mockups of their ideas in a 3D CAD solution, then use those mockups to create physical products. Manufacturers do not often consider the reverse process, however. Physical products can be turned into valuable digital models, and 3D scanning allows engineers …
Agile for Hardware
CONTACT Software: More Than Another PLM Solution
Do we need another PLM solution in the marketplace? It seems like a pretty crowded field. Why would another solution, like CONTACT Software, really be any different? Let’s table the discussion about whether we need another one and talk about the company first. Organic Product Development First off, CONTACT Software is not a public company; …
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 …
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. …
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 …
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.