5 Ways How Agile IoT Improves Hardware Business

5 Ways How Agile IoT Improves Hardware Business

We know that for some people hardware devices plus Agile just doesn’t sum up. Agile may even feel a bit odd for hardware development, with all the tools and processes behind it. The problem is, hardware is often deprived of iterative development and therefore its release may be overwhelmingly stressful (and exciting for sure) for the company.

We know that for some people hardware devices plus Agile just doesn’t sum up. Agile may even feel a bit odd for hardware development, with all the tools and processes behind it. The problem is, hardware is often deprived of iterative development and therefore its release may be overwhelmingly stressful (and exciting for sure) for the company.

The solution for this problem of lack of agility is IoT.

Let’s be honest: in a modern world, for most IT projects, classic waterfall methodologies are simply too obsolete. There are actually multiple reasons behind this. Today's market requires flexibility, testing, and ongoing feedback culture that traditional frameworks do not offer.

On the other hand, we’ve got hardware-featured projects. It has always been an issue to implement all of the good (and not so old) Agile rules into them no matter if you use Scrum, Kanban, Extreme Programming or any other framework. Even though Kanban was originally introduced as manufacturing management tool (it was invited by Taiichi Ohno of Toyota), we need to realize that building and IoT hardware is way different from manufacturing parts or cars. It is somewhere in between of this and the way software is being made these days so how to make it an Agile IoT development?

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While a project is still in its prototyping phase, lying around on developers' desks, it doesn’t seem to differ a lot from a regular software-only job (apart of ordering new hardware revisions which may take a bit of time for example).

The problem occurs once your work is finished. The product leaves the lab, reaches the factory, retail and the customers, and… That’s there the “not-so-fun part” begins.

Once hardware device is physically delivered to the customer, it gets extremely difficult to fix any potential issues in its software (firmware). Not everyone has time or knowledge how to connect the gear to their computer, download a package from the internet and perform the upgrade. Not everyone wants to do it. This is strongly against the spirit of continuous development and adaptiveness to users' feedback, which is recognized as grounds of agile product management.

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