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THE MECHANICAL DESIGN PROCESS

The Mechanical Design Process has been used by thousands of engineering students and practitioners since 1992 to aid in developing quality, robust products. 

2019 by David G. Ullman

Scrum for Hardware Design

Scrum for Hardware Design extends the popular Scrum software design process to hardware - mechanical, electronic, systems or mechatronics.  It breaks the process into thirteen activities characterized by meetings and developing artifacts as shown in the infographic and table below.

Scrum for Hardware Design includes all the information you need to teach or execute the process.  Further, it includes two real-world case studies: 

  • A Student Team Designs a Prosthetic Arm Using Scrum Methods.

  • Agile Design of an Agile Fighter at Saab Aerospace.

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This book is a supplement to The Mechanical Design Process, 6th edition (MDP6).  It does stand alone in describing the Scrum process in a readable and useful manner.  It references some limited material in MDP6.  

Reasons to use and teach Scrum for hardware development:

  • Build better team collaboration.

  • Increase the ability to manage change, uncertainty, and risk.

  • Improve customer satisfaction.

  • Improve product development transparency.

  • Manage time so products are delivered on schedule.

  • Develop higher team job satisfaction and motivation.

  • Support sustainable  and consistent product development.

  • Encourage great product architectures.

Scrum for Hardware Design activities.

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Scrum for Hardware Design was written to be used as a text for teaching the process on a university level.

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