Frequently Asked Questions

The term ‘agile’, as a methodology, was coined by the seventeen authors of the ‘Manifesto for Agile Software Development’ (often referred to as the ‘Agile Manifesto’) at a meeting in Utah in February 2001. The agile software development approach values close collaboration with customers and quick responses to changing market conditions, eschewing extensive documentation in favour of working software at the earliest possible stage. The process core is based on ‘iterative development’ and ‘incremental delivery’. The term ‘agile innovation’ broadens the scope of agile beyond software development to any category of products or services.

At a conference in Toronto in 2008, Michael Mah presented his comparison of agile projects against traditional software development projects. He came to the result that agile projects are 30-50% faster and have 50-60% fewer defects, compared to the industry average. In 2016, McKinsey & Company compared agile software projects with those that applied the classic, sequential ‘waterfall’ methodology. The study revealed that agile projects had 27% higher productivity, 30% less schedule slip, and three times fewer residual defects at launch.

Physical product development today finds itself needing to make the kind of rapid progress that software development has made in the past 20 years. When it comes to designing hardware, many organizations still fix product requirements early on. The design process is often rigidly structured with traditional lines of authority. However, surveys indicate that a successful transition to agile hardware development also leads to faster product releases, better response to changing customer requirements, and improved team communication and morale.

On this platform, the term ‘hardware’ comprises physical components and devices in the broad sense. Accordingly, hardware refers in this framework to electrical, electro-mechanical, or purely mechanical components, as used in the computer industry as well as for example in the automotive industry.

Anyone who has a serious interest in agile innovation can become a member of our community. For the membership neither a financial nor a knowledge contribution is required. An expert status is therefore not necessary.

No, there is no membership fee. No credit card is required.

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That’s a fair question. Currently we consider Agile Innovators (AGINN) as an experiment. Completely in line with the agile approach, we do not yet have a finished business model at this stage. Our priority is to understand our users with their problems & wishes as well as possible and to support them. We firmly believe that the success of our users is the real driving force behind the success of AGINN. Accordingly, we will gradually offer paid services only when we can assume that they will further significantly increase the innovative success of our users.

For the Agile Innovation Center (AIC), research on agile innovation processes is the main focus. Our goal is to further develop the methods of agile hardware development and to create new tools in exchange with experts.

Agile Innovators (AGINN) is our first platform. It emphasizes the open exchange of experiences within the innovation community and contains a function to initiate new innovation projects.

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