I’ve started working on my next book, When Agile Gets Physical: How to Adapt Agile Principles to Accelerate Hardware Development, with my long-time colleague, Kathy Iberle. Today, the information available is mostly written by Agile software experts — and it shows. They mostly take a “Just Use Agile” approach that does not account for the real differences between hardware development and software development.
About ten years ago, I started using the Body by You workouts developed by Mark Lauren as my primary form of strength training. It’s the only strength training exercise I’ve ever stuck with for this long, and the only one where I’ve managed anything like consistency after the initial excitement wears off. I’ve come to […]
Science museums often have a coin vortex funnel for collecting donations while demonstrating the effects of rotational energy and gravity. The shape of the funnel pulls the coin down towards the center while rotation provides stability so that the coin doesn’t fall over. The coin accelerates as it moves towards the center yet stays upright, […]
Florence, Italy is known throughout the world for the quality of its art, architecture and craftsmanship. Florentines owe much of their present glory to the powerful merchant families that emerged in the 13th and 14th centuries. Those families sponsored artists, funded building projects and created a market for beautifully-crafted luxury goods that made Florence a […]
Most Agile software methods operate under the key assumption that resources (software developers and testers) are interchangeable, just as user stories are independent of each other. This is one area where Agile software experts run into real trouble when they push these ideas onto hardware teams.