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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