Agile Development of Physical Products

Agile methods are becoming more and more established and are now also used on a large scale in hardware and regulated environments.

Many companies face challenges on how to adapt agile practices to the special characteristics of hardware development in their own company. For companies that develop hardware, the benefits of Agile offer great value. When Agile is implemented for hardware projects, you will see improved visibility, predictability, ability to respond to changing business needs, and improved ability to collaborate with software teams.

Let’s take a look at the automotive industry, it is clear that it has gone through a revolution. With profound technological innovation, new safety standards and shifting consumer attitudes, manufacturers have had to rethink and adjust their strategy when building cars. These changes have made automotive development more complex and has forced design teams to adapt. Now they have to adhere to new safety regulations such as Automotive Spice and ISO 26262, and prove compliance within their processes. As a result, there is a far greater need to use modern tools and technology to further evolve how they align teams, verify functional safety, and ensure they are building the right products.

We held a webinar together with our Applied SAFe transformation partner Co-Improve. Among other things, Co-Improve specializes in agile hardware consulting. In this webinar we briefly addressed the following questions:

  • Where do agile methods come from?
  • Where to meet agile methods?
  • What is scaled agility?
  • What does it take to implement scaled agility in a regulated environment, e.g. in compliance with A-Spice?

Language: German, Slidedeck

This webinar was held in 2018 prior to the Agile@Hardware conference.

Agile@Hardware 2019 Recap

Peter Pedross, CEO and Founder of PEDCO,  held a workshop on Monday, September 23 on the Continuous Delivery Pipeline in Scaled Agile. Together with the rise of agile development methods, the need of faster delivery has increased. With this need, DevOps and its implementation with the continuous delivery pipeline comes into place. During his speech, Peter outlined some of these aspects and discuss the pros and cons and how it’s applied in scaled agility, for example in SAFe.

There were also speeches and workshops about: the world of HR agility, expanding agile structures, agile pitfalls in mechanical engineering, efficient task management with Kanban, and more!

We had a great time at this conference learning more about how to scale agility in hardware and what some of the challenges are that people are facing in this sector. We look forward to being there again next year!

If you are interested to learn more about the continuous delivery pipeline in scaled agile or if you would like a demo of our product, Applied SAFe, please feel free to reach out to us at AppliedSAFe@pedco.eu.

Peter's Workshop at Agile@Hardware

Peter Pedross speaking during his workshop, Continuous Delivery Pipeline in Scaled Agile

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