In our experience, engineers like to stretch their minds beyond the limits of what's possible, solving problems and bringing ideas to life. In fact, the more challenging the problem, the better.
Having said that, engineers are also pragmatic in their approach. If there are readily available resources that enable them to move faster and leaner, even better.
So it's no surprise that our top blog posts of 2019 are chock-full of calculators, templates and free resources. Here are the top five...
How to run a kick-ass daily huddle meeting (aka daily standup, daily scrum)
Free sample agenda and training video
Running a daily huddle (scrum or daily standup) meeting seems pretty simple right? After all it’s just another meeting. Well not really. The daily huddle process is important. Just like in football, a great huddle or standup meeting should leave team members prepared for their next action, clear on their number one priority for the day, energized and armed with the tools they need to get their critical work done.
Applying Agile to Hardware Development
We agree. Hardware product development is different than software! So when we apply Agile principles, we need a different approach. This series is a comprehensive review of Agile and how to apply Agile to hardware product development. We look at which Agile Principles work in hardware, which don't and why, and explore best Agile practices for hardware product development.
Weighted Shortest Job First and How to Calculate It
In life, sometimes it just seems easier to continue doing things the way we are used to instead of seeking new approaches that may cause the inevitable friction associated with change. This is certainly the case with adopting the Weighted Shortest Job First approach to project prioritization. First come, first served, right?...
Project Risk Management for Hardware Development
Free risk management template
This is a comprehensive series on project risk management for hardware teams. In Part 10, we demonstrate how to calculate risk exposure. When done well, the risk exposure rating provides a clear indication if a risk is worth the cost to mitigate it. The higher the exposure, the higher the acceptable mitigation cost...
Cost of Delay: A simple but powerful metric for understanding lost profit
Free cost of delay template
The goal of developing new products is profit. And even though we intuitively know it's important to get to market sooner, do you really understand the actual cost of being late? In most cases, the profit loss is much larger than you think.