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Scrum For Dummies by Mark C. Layton

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Chapter 8

Tangible Goods Production

In This Chapter

arrow Evolving away from waterfall

arrow Enhancing construction projects

arrow Applying scrum solutions in manufacturing

arrow Developing hardware using scrum

Even a mistake may turn out to be the one thing necessary to a worthwhile achievement.

— Henry Ford

Given the origin of agile and scrum, it’s not a far stretch of the imagination to think that it should only be used with developing software. The fact is, nothing could be further from the truth. The 1986 Harvard Business Review article “New New Product Development Game,” mentioned in Chapters 1 and 7, was actually written in response to experiences in the manufacturing industries. The article used as case studies hardware, electronics, and automotive products engineered and built by companies like Fuji-Xerox in 1978, Canon in 1982, Honda in 1981, and others.

The development and production of tangible goods work beautifully with scrum, and I’ll show you how.

The situation and product may vary enormously, but the tools and techniques remain the same. By following the same framework procedures I’ve been ...

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