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MAHD Roles – Skills for Leading Successful Projects

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MAHD Roles – Skills for Leading Successful Projects

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This program goes deep into three key roles of the MAHD Framework: the Project Manager, the Product Manager and the Technical Leader. These MAHD roles combine characteristics found in agile for software roles such as “Scrum Master” and “Product Owner,” and tradition roles for hardware projects using waterfall/sequential methods. You’ll learn how to be expert facilitators and become adept with a range of tools and techniques to guide agile projects successfully. We bring these roles together in one program since they must work collaboratively to provide strategic and tactical leadership.

Key questions we will answer along with many others:

  • How do the traditional roles of project manager and product manager need to change?
  • How can you effectively lead iteration and sprint planning?
  • What are the best approaches to prioritize cross-discipline tasks?
  • Who should make day-to-day decisions on “what’s good enough,” and how?
  • How can you guide subject matter experts (SMEs) when you are not one?
  • How can you build the right culture for success?

Program Outline

For each major element of a MAHD project you’ll build the skills and learn the techniques from both the strategic and execution perspectives to deliver successful products.

  • Roles Introduction – Each MAHD role, their responsibilities and skills required for success
  • Leading Project Kickoffs – Skills and techniques to facilitate MAHD On-ramp activities
  • Leading Iteration Planning – Skills and techniques to guide the whole project vision
  • Driving Successful IPAC Iterations and Sprints:
    • Efficient prioritizing, estimating and task planning
    • Guiding the right prototype strategy
    • Techniques to engage customers at the right time
    • Holding successful stakeholder review sessions
    • Leading Iteration and Sprint-level retrospectives
  • Leadership Skills to Drive Agile Projects
    • Building the right team culture to meet commitments and stay on track
    • Coaching team members for success
    • Overcoming challenges and obstacles
    • Getting executives on-board with agile
  • Facilitating decisions, alignment and project communication
  • Q&A – We’ll leave time for specific questions related to your situation

What’s Included

Program Materials and Agile for Hardware Toolkit – Each participant receives complete program materials including a Modified Agile for Hardware Development toolkit with templates, tools and tips.

Who Should Attend

This program is designed for anyone involved in product development that wants to get the benefits of agile:

  • Project and Program Managers
  • Engineering Managers and leaders
  • Embedded software developers and leads
  • Application Engineers, Test Managers and other support functions
  • Product Managers
  • Directors and executives


Contact us for facilitation and pricing options.

Registration Options

Contact us to schedule this program or discuss options.

Program Leaders

Gary Hinkle

Principal Management Consultant

Agile Methods for Hardware Development
Engineering Leadership & Management
Organizational Productivity

Dorian Simpson

Management Consultant

Agile Methods for Hardware Development
Innovation Management
Product Management
Product Definition and Roadmaps

Contact Us to Schedule

This program can be offered online or at your company site and can be customized for your needs. Contact us to schedule or discuss your situation.

Customers Say...

Many useful concepts. The workbook provides an outline that can be applied on the job.

Garth Weber, Mechanical Engineer

Cardinal Health

Excellent course. Concepts were clearly presented - easy to understand. I will recommend to my engineering team.

Chatree Sitalasai, Engineering Supervisor

NMB Technologies

Practical advice for anyone in business or leadership. Exercises were very helpful. Instructor with real experience makes a big difference!

Mel Greenberg, Manager

Portland General Electric

Great information, delivery, and discussions.

Dwaine Gilmer, Escalation Engineer

Microsoft Corp.

Great job of tailoring the basic concepts to the specifics of each attendee.

Mark Johnson, VP of Marketing

Instantiations, Inc.

A '10' in terms of content and presentation. Very interactive and useful right away.

Sushil Nema, Engineer

Triquint Semiconductor

Gary is one of those rare people that combines engineering expertise with exceptional administrative, people, and management skills.

Mike Anderson

Technology Executive

The course content and examples were valuable. Good interaction between the presenter and students. It was well worth the cost and my time away from work!

Paul L. Fernandez, Jr., Sr. Engineer

Mitsubishi Digital

The best part was how to sell an idea to executives. Very useful tips and I can see mistakes I made in the past.

T. Fisher

US Navy

This program opened my eyes to new approaches to manage innovation. Well done and a lot of material in a short time.


Chris Fisher

3D Printing

Related Resources

MAHD Overview

The four-page overview provides a quick summary of the MAHD Framework, benefits and unique attributes.

With So Many Choices, Why Auxilium?

Five Reasons...

Practical, Proven Tools and Methods

Every method and tool we provide, with either a training or consulting program, has been proven in real-world projects.

Live, Experienced Consultants

You'll work directly with senior consultants who have over 20 years of PD experience. No inexperienced trainers or fresh MBA's.

Cost Effective

As a virtual team with low overhead, you'll get the experience of a tier one consultancy group at a fraction of typical fees.

Concise, Comprehensive Programs

We focus every training or consulting program on the essential skills and implementation to get immediate results.

A Passion for Results

We understand the risk and expense of getting outside help. Our goal is to ensure you get the results you need.

Contact us to schedule a complimentary discussion of your situation.