This is a practitioner’s inside view of challenges in using Agile methods for hardware-related work, and an examination of the many surprise benefits that have been seen by Agile engineering teams in integrated circuit production, programmable logic, and scientific instrumentation.

When taking Agile methods beyond software into other engineering disciplines like mechanical, electronic, optical, materials science, etc. you must have an effective strategy for two challenges:
• long lead times due to physical constraints
• deep skill sets that cannot be effectively bridged through cross-skilling
This session will describe patterns that have emerged repeatedly in real-world Agile engineering teams to handle these challenges.

The surprise benefits seen by engineering teams moving to Agile has been a highlight for attendees at previous presentations on Agile hardware, so in this session Nancy will describe examples from three different companies where benefits were achieved that could not have been anticipated.

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Nancy was among the first to apply Agile methods to embedded systems development, as an engineer, manager, and consultant. She has led Agile change initiatives beyond software development in safety-critical, highly regulated industries, and teaches modern Agile approaches like Mob Programming, Agile Hardware, and Lean development methods. Nancy has worked coaching Agile teams in the USA, UK, and Germany. Her coaching extended to their work with their teams in Japan, India, China and other countries. Nancy provides specialized consulting to medical device companies in partnership with Brian Shoemaker of Shoebar Associates. Together they cover all the latest regulatory developments in the US and EU, plus the Agile practices for documentation and incremental risk assessment that is essential for their industry. Nancy's experience spans embedded software and hardware development for applications in aerospace, factory automation, medical devices, defense systems, and financial services. Her coaching practice spans delivery teams to middle and upper managers. She is a regular presenter at Agile-related conferences since worldwide. She is a founder and past president of Greater Boston’s premier Agile user group, Agile New England.