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Initiating a MAHD Project-On-Ramp to Iterations


Initiating a MAHD Project-On-Ramp to Iterations


Developing 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 an Agile for Hardware (physical, manufactured product) project from early concept to full Iteration Plan. You’ll learn about the right level of detail to start, the five critical On-ramp steps, and how to develop the best Iteration Plan and backlog to start executing.

Key questions we will answer along with many others:

  • What’s the best type of project to start with and who should be involved?
  • How do you write user stories for physical products that don’t re-write “requirements”?
  • How can the Focus Matrix be used to reduce overall project risk while driving innovation?
  • How to develop a realistic schedule without the detail of traditional Gantt Charts?
  • When and how to delay the most important decisions?
  • What’s the best approach to manage lead times and dependencies using agile methods?

Program Outline

  • Introduction – A quick overview of the MAHD Framework
    • Agile Vision Briefs – Kicking off with clear direction at the right level of detail
    • The MAHD On-Ramp – Five critical activities to align Marketing and R&D
    • User Stories – The use cases and goals of your customers
    • Product Attributes – The first step to defining the product or 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
    • Initial Backlog – The set of major and minor prioritized tasks to initiate your project
    • Iteration and Sprint Planning – Your engine for execution
  • Staying on Track – Tips to stay engaged, track progress and overall challenges
  • Agile Case Study – An example of a MAHD project from project conception to completion
  • 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 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 who wants to get the benefits of agile:

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


Contact us for facilitation and pricing options.

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. 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.

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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.

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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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