Industrial Agile: Integrating Software and Manufacturing
Big Orange Square founders Hubert Smits and Peter Borsella are speaking around the globe about using Scrum for your integrated software and hardware projects. If you’re developing a product, Scrum will save you time, money and will create a great product and a productive team.
Invite our team to train and coach your team on agile product development, in-person. Imagine you have asked us to write a proposal to help your team (of app. 25 people) to move to our agile (iterative and team-based) way to develop a product all the way from idea to manufacturing. This is our in-house coaching engagement. Coaching differs from both training and consultancy. Training presents and exercises the concepts of agile. Consultancy provides advice on how to improve agile skills and practices. Coaching brings an agile expert into the team, and the agile coach contributes to the project outcomes, a coach gets their hands dirty. Some coaching work is hands-on: structuring and leading meetings, owning the effectiveness of meetings. Some coaching includes theory and discussions. And other coaching activities leave documentation behind: usable documents like project structures, role descriptions and definitions of ready and done. All coaching is aimed at raising the ability of the delivery teams to deliver better products faster. Right from the beginning the coaching, support and (incidental) training is aimed at raising the agile skills of all people involved in product delivery. We are immediately in the actual product delivery project. By raising the agile skills while working on an actual delivery, product development will show a faster delivery and higher quality. On the people side the commitment and enthusiasm of all involved people will increase, which by itself will increase productivity. We will keep an eye on you, you will make mistakes, and we have taught you and your people how mistakes are discovered early, and (most importantly) how the mistakes are addressed.
Speaking & Conferences
Big Orange Square founders Hubert Smits and Peter Borsella are speaking around the globe about using Scrum for your hardware projects. If you’re developing a product, Scrum will save you time, money and will create a great product and a productive team. Physical products can be developed with the Scrum Framework. Our talks explain how that’s possible, and do away with myths surrounding the use of Scrum for hard product development. Scrum outside of software gets remarks like “the Sprint cycle time is too short for products,” and, “steps in building hardware are too complex for Scrum.” In our talks, we work through the classic Scrum process – 3 roles, 4+1 meetings, 3 artifacts, and explain and show examples to the contrary. Big successes have been scored with applying Scrum in an environment where classic project management structures are still prevalent, and unfortunately still failing. The attendees will walk away with an understanding of Scrum framework principles in a product development environment, and with an approach on fitting large complex product challenges in a short-cycled iterative framework.
Title: Scrum for Hardware Where: Ft. Lauderdale, Florida Venue: Signature Grand Speaker: Peter Borsella When: February 27, 2017 Register: Lean Agile US Peter will be speaking at Ultimate Software’s LeanAgileUS. This new conference brings together the South Florida agile community across Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and beyond. The community comes together for a day of Agile education, advanced topics, and the opportunity to mingle with your peers, Peter Borsella and other speakers from around the US and world.
Title: Scrum for Hardware- Principles, Myths & Results Where: Boulder Scrum Master Meetup (November) Speaker: Hubert Smits When: November 9 2016 Register: Agile Boulder Scrum is mainly used in software development projects, but the framework can be used in other domains as well. Popularity is growing to use Scrum in product development, where a product fits the description “If you can kick it, you can Scrum it!” I’m talking about industrial products like cars, pens, cell-phones or combine harvesters. Over the past years teams have experimented with Scrum in this domain and in August a group of early adopters got together in the Boulderado hotel to join forces. In this talk I will explain the Scrum principles as applied in hardware product development. I’ll talk about some myths (like not being to able to produce a shippable result in two weeks) and have a case study from John Deere. And, of course time for Q&A all throughout the talk.