• Product development teams are under constant pressure to be faster, more efficient, and focus intensely on customer value. Using traditional development processes, you may have tried all possible strategies to structure your projects to drive the desired results, but at some point, realize there must be a better way. One direction that most software teams […]

  • Agile has completely transformed how software companies operate, develop, and deliver software products. Gradually, industries are realizing the positive impact. Working as per customer behavior to deliver products faster, take early feedback and iterate changes, operate as per the trends, and enhance performance is becoming the norm today. And the result? According to a recent […]

  • Introducing a new product into the market can be a daunting prospect, and one true sign of success comes from returning customers and satisfactory ROI. While launching a new product, you are not only looking at the potential issues you might encounter after it launches in the market but also considering the risks and hurdles […]

  • A critical advantage of Agile methods, especially for hardware-based projects, is getting a fast start. But how do you do this with a project charter that considers an Agile way-of-working, and without details found in typical Product Requirements Documents (PRDs)? Agile methods have great potential for speed, but teams need a clear vision, and strategic […]

  • “We’re agile because we do iterations and adapt to change” is a statement we often hear from business leaders who don’t have full understanding of agile methods, nor the leadership changes needed to support agility. Leadership is a complex topic because it blends such a wide range of characteristics and skills that must be situationally […]

  • It was our pleasure to join Bill Raymond for his Agile in Action podcast series to discuss the Modified Agile for Hardware Development Framework. Introduction Are you mad at your current stage-gate hardware process? Then let Dorian Simpson and Gary Hinkle introduce you to something that will make you feel good with MAHD – or […]

  • If you’re considering to enhance your current waterfall NPD process to become more agile, the Product Requirements Document (PRD) is one of the first artifacts from your old way-of-working that you need to re-think for a successful transition. With a waterfall development process, product managers do their best to satisfy the three primary objectives of […]

  • By Gary Hinkle They’re selling features we haven’t even designed yet!—is a common complaint from engineers about marketing. Requirements are a moving target, thanks to marketing. They’re not well-defined. They’re growing and changing, yet deadlines and schedules are firm. While engineering is pointing fingers at marketing, marketing is pointing back. Engineers aren’t getting the importance…

  • By Gary Hinkle A leading electronics company suffered a setback when a systems engineer was pushing his own ideas hard, all the while belittling the ideas of others. It was clear to everyone he thought highly of his own ideas and expertise and not much of everyone else's.

  • By Gary Hinkle It’s ridiculous if you think about it – businesses invest billions of dollars per year on leadership development, yet we continue to have a shortage of true leaders in business. Not every business suffers from this shortage, but I know that within many organizations involved in technology development and manufacturing there are […]