Agile for Hardware and Multidisciplinary Engineering Solutions

Agile for Hardware and Multidisciplinary Engineering Solutions

Scrum and Agile may seem less relevant for products with long, non-homogenous development lifecycles, such as electrical circuit board development or practical research.
During this two day course, attendees will learn how they can practice Agile and Lean with multidisciplinary solutions consisting of domains that may include electrical hardware, mechanical systems, chemical engineering, practical research, systems integration, software, or any other engineering domain. Attendees will learn new Agile practices relevant to these domains, review various industry examples, and will be able to share their own use cases and discuss them. The course is interactive and includes many exercises.

  • Who Should Attend

    Managers of multidisciplinary engineering systems, managers of non-software engineering domains (electronics, mechanics, physics, optics, research, etc.), design engineers, product owners, product managers, system engineers, architects, team members, QA, production engineers, operations engineers, project managers, Agile coaches, change leaders and change agents, scrum masters and SAFe practitioners.

  • Prerequisites

    All engineers, managers and leaders are welcome to attend the course, regardless of Lean or Agile experience. However, recognizing the daily issues and impediments of the development processes and practices in your professional engineering domain is beneficial.

  • Course Topics

    • Through the hardware lense – Introduction to Lean, Agile, including Industry examples.
    • Lean and Agile values and principles and how they apply for Hardware.
      Agile project management for complex projects with long or non-homogenous development lifecycle, value-driven hardware development.
    • Lean and Agile for a team of multidisciplinary teams – including the use of platform teams, features teams and cross-functional teams.
      How non-software disciplines can support an Agile organization.
    • Introduction to Scrum, Kanban and DevOps for hardware and for non-software solutions.
    • Lean, Agile and DevOps specific practices and tools for various hardware disciplines.
    • Designing hardware for Agility.
    • Challenges and anti-patterns in applying Lean-Agile in a multi-discipline engineering context.
    • Lean, Agile and DevOps production operations to support hardware Agility.
  • After attending the class attendees should be able to

    • Lead multidisciplinary engineering products and solutions with a Lean and Agile mindset. 
    • Apply Lean and Agile values, principles and practices in multidisciplinary engineering or non-software products and solutions, even when they have a long non-homogenous development lifecycle. 
    • Apply value-driven incremental development, iterative product development, Kanban and Scrum (to apply successful Scrum and Kanban you may also want to consider additional dedicated training such as the Scrum.org PSM course).
    • Design hardware, products and solutions for Agility. 
    • Support hardware products using Lean, Agile and DevOps production operations. 

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