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Jan 20, 2022

Agile for Hardware 2.0

Agile is a recognized and effective work methodology within the field of software development. However, not everyone is aware of the benefits it can bring to the hardware industry. That is why participating in the Agile for Hardware training is the perfect way for engineers, managers, and leaders to learn how to apply this methodology when creating physical products. Ali Hajou, the SAFe Program Consultant Trainer (SPCT) responsible for this training, combined his experience from both worlds to train participants to learn just how to incorporate Agile into different contexts, beyond simply harnessing the power of Agile methodologies to achieve a new level of time-to-market with Agile for Hardware 2.0.

Every Team is Different

Aliโ€™s interest lies primarily in sculpting Agile methods, practices, and approaches within non-trivial, complex, and highly governed enterprises. He believes that Agile for Hardware is not straightforward, because it is extremely contextual. โ€œIn every class, we need to understand what people do, then find an Agile interpretation that works for them,โ€ he says.

That is precisely why the Agile for Hardware training does not simply explain what participants should do or how they should work. The focus is teaching them principles and activities that they can follow to find an Agile way of working that is appropriate within their unique environment.

โ€œIf you compare a company that creates aircrafts with a company that creates phone chargers, they are two entirely different types of companies, still both creating physical products. But the type of people that are involved and their type of engineering disciplines are different, so you need to find an Agile way of working that is relevant for each of them,โ€ details Ali.


In every class, we need to understand what people do, then find an Agile interpretation that works for them

The Balance Between Stability and Creativity

One of the focuses of this training is to demonstrate the importance of stable teams. Traditional industries usually need several engineers with different backgrounds at specific moments. Therefore, people are continuously pulled away from tasks, constantly needing to shift between projects.

โ€œThe traditional way of working uses people as resources, and that's just not good for engineers, as they really don't have time to focus or decide what is relatively the most urgent thing for the company. We're trying to find a language for cross-engineering collaboration, to unite professionals with different backgrounds,โ€ says Ali.

Besides bringing professionals together through a creative approach, Agile for Hardware also helps organizations adjust to the new ways of working.

โ€œTeams that were working in an Agile way before the pandemic -- whether they were hardware, marketing, or software development teams -- had a nearly seamless transition to remote working. There was very little delay or impact for these kinds of teams, so it was an eye-opener for a lot of people,โ€ reflects Ali.

In addition, most of the development processes in the industry arise from overthinking that was meant to solve a problem, and that is what this training is about. Agile for Hardware 2.0 sparks the creativity between the players, boosting collaboration among the professionals, therefore resulting in an increase in both employee engagement and customer satisfaction.


You can learn more about that in version 2.0 of Agile for Hardware, which has just been released and adjusted to the virtual offer. Take advantage of the virtual sessions and sign up for the next training in 2022 to become a Certified Hardware Agilist.

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