The Scrum in Hardware Guide
This Scrum in Hardware Guide was created by Joe Justice. Joe is President of Hardware at Scrum Inc. and the founder and CEO of Team WIKSIPEED. Joe’s work includes collaboration with Bosch, Microsoft, Amazon, 3M, Ford, Boston Scientific, QuintilesIMS, Chevrolet, MIT, HP Labs, the founder of Xerox PARC, among hundreds of others, to ship products and services in one week sprints or less. Joe also delivers public Scrum in Hardware courses around the world.
This guide is an early release draft. Please add any suggestions for improvement in the comments.
Purpose of the Scrum in Hardware Guide
This guide serves to define Scrum in Hardware with specific technical practices and patterns to achieve rapid releases and short iterations in Hardware. This guide is a living document that will evolve based on community feedback and learning from the field. Any company can utilize this guide and confirm their implementation on Scrum in Hardware along with clear steps to do it better. This document refers to Scrum as defined in the Scrum Guide without tailoring or modification.
Agile projects focus on releasing early and often, and harnessing change for the customer’s advantage, even late in development. How could we possibly afford to do this in hardware?! This guide is composed entirely of production projects and team practices, including highly regulated industries, and may be used for organization structure or re-structuring.
Uncertainty in Hardware Projects
Stubs and Mock-Ups
Test and Data Driven Development
Development should be designed in way to test assumptions (test driven development). Hardware test cases can be written. With Internet of Things (IoT) and sensor technology data about almost every behavior of hardware parts can be measured and should be used to continuously improve.
Working Product at the End of Each Sprint
The ultimate test of having Scrum in Hardware work is if you have a working product at the end of each Sprint.
About the Authors
Joe Justice is President at Scrum Inc. and the founder and CEO of Team WIKSIPEED. Joe’s work includes collaboration with Bosch, Microsoft, Amazon, 3M, Ford, Boston Scientific, QuintilesIMS, Chevrolet, MIT, HP Labs, the founder of Xerox PARC, among hundreds of others, to ship products and services in one week sprints or less.
Team WIKISPEED is an international manufacturer of road legal automobiles with operations in 23 countries and a 1 week new model introduction cycle; open source, collaborative building products, like road legal cars, like Wikipedia editors update articles.
Fabian Schwartz is the founder of ScrumColombia.org, CEO of CASMENA Executive Development and SBS Management Consultants.
William Newing is the founder of Pink Cherry Blossom consulting firm and Product Owner of the WIKISPEED Lynnwood, WA, USA factory.
Chris Wallace is a professional Scrum Coach, Consultant, and Product Owner of the WIKISPEED Burleson, TX, USA factory.
Mary Michael Justice is the Scrum Master of WIKSIPEED corporate, assembled the first Scrum team at the company, and removes impediments to happiness or velocity from the top management level.
This document is copyright 2017 Joe Justice. It is available to be used anywhere without modification.