Guidance on Application of Agile in Combined Hardware and Software Development Projects

DS 116: Proceedings of the DESIGN2022 17th International Design Conference

Year: 2022
Editor: Mario Štorga, Stanko Škec, Tomislav Martinec, Dorian Marjanović
Author: Jake Drutchas, Steven Eppinger
Series: DESIGN
Institution: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States of America
Section: Organisation, Collaboration and Management
Page(s): 151-160
DOI number:
ISSN: 2732-527X (Online)


Agile has its roots in software, improving the pace and quality of development projects. The application of Agile to hardware is less mature, and anecdotal evidence suggests there are specific challenges in this space. Based upon qualitative interviews with organizations working simultaneously across hardware and software applications, this paper presents three key challenges we identified. We also document several useful adjustments to Agile practice which provide a toolset that teams can use to more successfully apply Agile to hardware projects.

Keywords: product development, agile development, agile management

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