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Wednesday, May 22 • 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Agile Hardware Development at Bird Technologies (Kevin Thompson)

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Abstract:
Many Agile patterns familiar to software developers lead to failure and frustration when applied to hardware development. In this presentation, I describe an Agile transformation I led for Bird Technologies, a company that makes high-reliability radio-frequency communication equipment. Working with teams of mechanical, electrical, and firmware engineers highlighted key differences in how an effective Scrum process differs for hardware development compared to software development. I identify those differences and present effective patterns here.

Lessons Learned from Your Experience:
  • The Scrum process framework worked well for hardware development, but some common Agile practices did not.
  • Vertical slices of product functionality are not feasible.
  • Product Owners do not write many Stories.
  • There are no QA people on the Team.
  • Swarming is impractical.
  • Story Points are not appropriate for Story sizing and Sprint planning.


Speakers
avatar for Kevin Thompson, Ph.D.

Kevin Thompson, Ph.D.

Chief Scientist, Cprime
Talk to me about bringing Agile to hardware development! I do this for our clients that develop hardware products, often in conjunction with software.



Wednesday May 22, 2019 2:30pm - 3:00pm
E-2023 (2nd Floor)