If Agile can work for Human Resources, then it can work for organizations developing complex systems, including regulated sectors.

Each stage of creating new products, from strategic plans, to concepts on a road map, to project selection, to execution, all take time, and your team is on the clock. Shaving even a small amount out of one of these phases creates competitive advantage. Any toolset that cuts time, while increasing learning and innovation, provides an edge.

Agile Consulting involves a transformation where organizations gain that edge by mastering rapid iterations, which accelerate innovation; continuous learning; and the capacity to perceive and seize opportunities.

Agile isn’t just for software anymore. Most of the tenets of the Agile Manifesto are not software-specific. Unfortunately, myths about Agile hinder adoption. We’ve heard all the usual objections: “Applying Agile is all or nothing,” “You must be able to ship every two weeks,” “Agile and Waterfall/Milestone are mutually exclusive.” Our research and experience in Agile consulting show that these objections are easily countered with a flexible approach that selects only the portions of Agile that work for your company.  

We have discovered that a selective and modified set of Ceremonies, Rituals and Roles can create Agile organizations without conflict, and with many of the benefits realized by Software. Our Agile consulting services include Agile product development and Agile portfolio management. We have helped Telecommunications and Medical Technology companies implement Agile business transformations in their organizations.

 

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Agile From Software to Hardware (White Paper)

What are the most effective tools in the Agile Software toolkit? Can these tools be applied to Hardware and other types of product development programs? Our study of more than 20 companies identified four aspect of Agile that practitioners judged most effective.

Developing Innovative Products Across Hardware, Software and Web Platforms (White paper)

A paper for program managers, project managers and team members who develop multi-platform products: a product that requires two or more of these three platforms, showing how to translate aspects of Agile to a multi-platform environment.  

Agile For Everyone (White paper)

By elevating product teams above functional allegiance, organizing work into sprints, and nesting these sprints within your existing process, any team, in virtually any industry, can become agile.

Learning From the Trenches: Organizational Challenges for Agile Teams (Presentation)

How teams use Agile approaches to improve performance and execute a product strategy. Agile is a way to create high performance teams that focus on creating product and customer excellence above all.

Never the Twain Shall Meet...Can Agile Work with a Waterfall Process? (Presentation)

Agile Software Development is an umbrella term for a set of methods and practices based on the values and principles expressed in the Agile Manifesto. Solutions evolve through collaboration between self-organizing, cross-functional teams utilizing the appropriate practices for their context. Can Agile and Waterfall co-exist?

Agile: Not Just For Software (YouTube)

This brief video illustrates how Agile Transformations for Hardware are contingent on functional middle managers, and on nesting Agile within (without replacing) the existing Milestone system.

Agile Case Study: What Not To Do (YouTube)

A case study of an organization that has adopted Agile for developing next generation Medical Devices — notable for what this organization did not do — no Sprint Estimates or Burndown Charts. Yet they were able to improve schedule accuracy and eliminate morale issues due to cancelled projects.