Product Development Leadership

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Initiating a MAHD Project: On-Ramp to Iterations


Initiating a MAHD Project: On-Ramp to Iterations


Implementing on a pilot project is the best way to determine if the Modified Agile for Hardware Development (MAHD) Framework is right for your team and organization. This hands-on program provides the steps and guidance for starting a MAHD project (development of a physical, manufactured product) from initial concept to full Iteration Plan. You’ll learn the right level of detail to start a project, the five MAHD On-ramp steps, and how to develop an Iteration Plan and backlog to start executing.

Key questions we will answer:

  • What are the best types of projects to start with and who should be involved?
  • How do you define beneficial user stories for physical products that don’t re-write requirements?
  • How does the MAHD Framework mitigate project risk while driving innovation?
  • How to develop a realistic schedule without the detail of traditional Gantt Charts?
  • What’s the MAHD approach for managing lead times and complex dependencies?

What You Will Learn

  • Overview of the MAHD Framework
  • On-ramp elements and steps:
    • Agile Vision Briefs – Kicking off with clear direction at the right level of detail
    • The MAHD On-Ramp – Five rapid planning activities to align Marketing, Engineering and Management
      • MAHD User Stories – The use cases and goals of your customers
      • Product Attributes – The first step to defining the product and project attributes of your solution
      • MAHD Focus Matrix – A cross-functional understanding of key risks, opportunities, and areas to seek innovation
      • Iteration Plan – The preliminary plan for the whole project, including the overall schedule with the right focus for getting started
      • Initial Backlog – The initial prioritized major and minor work items to support the first Iteration
  • Iteration and Sprint Planning – The engine for learning, execution and efficiently adapting to new information
  • MAHD Case Studies – Examples of MAHD On-ramp artifacts from various project types and industries
  • Q&A – The program is hands-on and interactive, facilitating dialogue to address questions and concerns throughout

What’s Included

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

Who Should Attend

This program is designed for product development leaders who want to get the benefits of agile:

  • Project and Program Managers
  • Product Managers
  • Engineering Managers and Technical Leads
  • R&D support function leads
  • Directors and Executives


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Registration Options

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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. Duration ranges from 4 to 8 hours depending on implementation needs. Contact us to schedule or discuss your situation.

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 R&D 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.

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