The Agile Manifesto was written for software development and the 12 principles need adjustment for other applications. Auxilium distills them down to eight key principles for the development of manufactured products:

  1. Customer and stakeholder satisfaction is best achieved by incorporating their feedback from demonstrable output on a frequent cadence.
  2. Bureaucracy impedes agility. Enable autonomous teams by giving them the environment and support they need, and trust them to get the job done.
  3. Clear, strategic project priorities are critical for enabling autonomy with the right focus.
  4. Strong cross-functional collaboration is needed to get the most benefit from agile. This often requires agile project leaders to have exceptional facilitation skills.
  5. Teams and leadership must have a mindset of rapid learning on a cadence in parallel with execution.
  6. The outcomes of rapid learning and execution cycles should drive timely, well-informed scope, schedule, resource and product cost tradeoff decisions.
  7. Continuous attention to technical excellence and good design enhances agility. (No modification from the Manifesto.)
  8. At regular intervals, the team reflects on how to become more effective, then tunes and adjusts its behavior accordingly. (No modification from the Manifesto.)

These agile principles should be fully leveraged to create an efficient mechanism for handling new information including new requirements and any other changes that affect projects. “Efficient” is the key word, which can be a major factor for faster development.

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