The Benefits of Agile,
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Start Your agile for hardware Journey

A Brief Intro to MAHD

Agile for Hardware is a game-changer for developing physical products and systems. It leverages the proven benefits of agile over traditional processes that software teams have embraced. Since its launch in 2017, the Modified Agile for Hardware Development (MAHD – pronounced /mad/) Framework has helped countless teams to speed up product development, prioritize customer value, and achieve superior outcomes. By aligning with agile principles while adapting tactics to suit the unique demands of hardware development, this framework empowers teams to excel in their pursuit, enabling them to:

  • Adapt to new insight, but allowing designs to freeze
  • Accommodate the range of disciplines and functions needed for hardware development (including SW)
  • Manage lead times, dependencies, schedules & production needs
  • Integrate seamlessly with stage-gate, SAFe™ and other processes

Looking for faster and more effective solutions? The MAHD Framework could be the perfect fit for your needs.

A MAHD Walkthrough

This 4-minute video walks you through the key elements of the MAHD Framework and how agile for hardware can deliver the benefits of Agile to hardware-based teams while also supporting SW development and integration.

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Online Learning

Three online workshops can help you accelerate your agile for hardware skills. 

  1. Foundations of MAHD
  2. The MAHD On-ramp: Kicking Off Your Project
  3. Agile for HW: For Scrummasters and Agile Coaches

MAHD Posters Are Here!

After many requests, we developed MAHD reference posters for both the Core and Complete MAHD Framework to easily share the key elements and principles.

What Is Meant by "Hardware?"

While MAHD includes “Hardware” in its name to clearly differentiate the approach from SW-based methods such as Scrum, the MAHD Framework is ideal for products and systems that include a combination of mechanical, electronic, and software elements. Industries and product categories that have implemented the framework: 

  • Electronics and semiconductors
  • Industrials products and systems
  • Medical devices and systems
  • Automotive, robotics and other industries

More Companies
Are Going MAHD

The MAHD Framework is quickly being adopted by leading companies in a wide range of industries and has been found to quickly deliver solutions faster, with predictable results and higher customer value overall traditional product development methods.

“The MAHD Framework is the only Agile methodology that truly understands hardware.”

Why Go MAHD?

The MAHD Framework provides proven benefits for projects that range from incremental product improvements to complex innovative solutions.  

Go Faster

With more focused development activities, reduction of risk less waste, and streamlined decisions, teams go up to 50% faster to deliver products on budget and on time.

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Valuable Solutions

With MAHD methods, teams target the most valuable product attributes and use short learning cycles to ensure solutions satisfy customer needs.

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Optimize Resources

Early visibility into project needs and risks allows you to manage cross-discipline resources more efficiently, especially shared roles that can create bottlenecks.

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Deeper Collaboration

Starting with the MAHD On-ramp and through each project Iteration, cross-discipline teams collaborate to solve problems and deliver on project milestones.

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Where Should You Go Next?

Many companies desire the benefits of Agile and have even tried directly applying Agile for SW methods to hardware-based product efforts with limited success. To learn more about the MAHD Framework, and how it can accelerate your NPD efforts, download the Intro to MAHD e-book or contact us to schedule a discussion of your situation.

Learn More About MAHD

Download the Introduction to MAHD E-book to learn about the key elements of the MAHD Framework  including how to initiate projects, the MAHD On-ramp and tips to get started going MAHD.

Is MAHD Right For You?

The fastest way to learn if MAHD is right for you is to request a 45-minute overview and discussion of your situation. Whether you currently use Stage-Gate, Lean, SAFe or other methods, we can help you quickly learn the unique benefits of the MAHD Framework.

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