Schneider Electric

This study supported the findings in existing literature. Agile methods can be anchored to the Stage Gate® model in embedded NPD activity with very little effort, as reported in (Wallin, Ekdahl and Larsson, 2002 and Karlström and Runeson, 2005). It is recommended that some time is spent in the beginning of agile intervention to train and involve all stakeholders at early stages and to create reporting abstraction layers for different levels. It was also experienced that taking light agile methods into use, the developer team was able to accelerate the progress and at the same time achieve a higher team spirit and motivation level.

Some friction was identified preventing fully applying agile Methods, for example lack of full commitment. Some of these obstacles cannot be resolved completely in the setting of this study. In a large organization there are mandatory processes that cannot be easily overcome, but product development has to satisfy these needs as well. As such the agile methods cannot be applied at their purest form and cannot be claimed to be the cure-all or a silver bullet to development problems. However agile thinking and incremental and iterative development in more general seems to benefit cross disciplined embedded systems development. It is recommended to continue gathering experience on applying the agile practices, but also to share the information in order to get wider buy-in. This is required as the first step in solving the difficulties identified.

Key Takeaways:         

  • It is recommended that some time is spent in the beginning of agile intervention to train and involve all stakeholders at early stages and to create reporting abstraction layers for different levels.
  • Some friction was identified preventing fully applying agile method
  • It is recommended to continue gathering experience on applying the agile practices, but also to share the information in order to get wider buy-in.
  • Several missing issues on this study need more attention, such as usability engineering and requirements engineering, balancing the up-front design, full release planning, estimation techniques, incremental testing techniques etc.

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