The Challenges of Becoming Agile: Experiences from New Product Development in Industry and Design Education

Nis Ovesen, Chris Dowlen

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Abstract

During the last decade agile methods have been a vast success in the domain of software development. This paper investigates whether these methods can be successfully transferred to the domain of physical product development in order to address the fundamental challenges of increased marked speed, development uncertainty and product complexity. The paper compares two cases from industry and education where agile methods are used in physical product development. The comparison between the cases is conducted within five thematic areas, which creates an overview of the challenges that may occur when implementing agile methods. The present paper is concluded by a discussion and conclusion drawing up the main challenges experienced and well as the benefits of utilising agile methods in physical product development.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDesign Education for Future Wellbeing : Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education
EditorsLyndon Buck, Geert Frateur, William Ion, Chris McMahon, Chris Baelus, Guido De Grande, Stijn Verwulgen
Number of pages6
Place of PublicationGlasgow, UK
PublisherDesign Society
Publication dateSep 2012
Pages9-14
Chapter1
ISBN (Print)978-1-904670-36-0
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2012
EventThe 14th International Conference on Engineering And Product Design Education: Design Education for Future Welbeing - Artesis University College, Antwerp, Belgium
Duration: 6 Sep 20127 Sep 2012
Conference number: 14

Conference

ConferenceThe 14th International Conference on Engineering And Product Design Education
Number14
LocationArtesis University College
Country/TerritoryBelgium
CityAntwerp
Period06/09/201207/09/2012

Keywords

  • Agile development
  • Design education
  • scrum

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