The agile toolbox - Adaptation of agileMPPs to the mechatronic development process

DS 87-4 Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 17) Vol 4: Design Methods and Tools, Vancouver, Canada, 21-25.08.2017

Year: 2017
Editor: Anja Maier, Stanko Škec, Harrison Kim, Michael Kokkolaras, Josef Oehmen, Georges Fadel, Filippo Salustri, Mike Van der Loos
Author: Goevert, Kristin; Baumgartner, Michael; Lindemann, Udo
Series: ICED
Institution: Technical University of Munich, Germany
Section: Design Methods and Tools
Page(s): 129-138
ISBN: 978-1-904670-92-6
ISSN: 2220-4342


Product development is challenged by the customer needs of individualization or own space of action. To solve these challenges, new methods, procedures and principles for product development are necessary. Agile development methods from software development are a promising approach, which could be adapted to mechatronic development. However, many adaptions fail. Therefore this paper develops the agile toolbox, which supports the selective use of agile methods, procedures and principles (agileMPPs). One reason of failed adaptions is a non-consistent understanding of what agile development is. This paper first provides an overview of agile methods, procedures, and principles. They are analyzed and the results are structured in the agile toolbox. The toolbox allocates the agileMPPs at the phases of the v-model. So, the toolbox supports the selective use of agileMPPs in the mechatronic development process. Only the selective use of agileMPPs made the benefits of agile development possible. The contributions of the agile toolbox are evaluated within a series of expert interviews.

Keywords: Agile, Flexible development, Design methods, Organisation of product development, Mechatronics


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