Product Development Director
I am a passionate supporter of Organizational Innovation and I’m the Product Development Director at Breton S.p.A., where new hardware products originate from the synergic integration of both Agile and Lean methodologies with the traditional Gantt-Waterfall method and project communities (Project management 2.0).
At Breton, I also coordinate a MISE-financed company project on the Smart Factory, aiming at introducing 18 IT platforms for both office and factory work digitalization; moreover, I’m involved in a Machine Tool project concerning the Industry 4.0.
Since 2014, I’ve been assiduously attending the Italian Agile community and partaking, when possible, to many correlated events.
(exposed in italian)
The hard agility
The team entrusted with the development of highly software-based machines now cooperates with process technologists, who represent the needs of the end-user.
The Product Owner becomes a sole individual (HW + SW) and is now responsible for defining hardware, software, and process requirements.
Moreover, the mutual support among the team members makes the Scrum Master coaching a less pressing task.
The self-organization of the development team, which calls for a new leader to emerge according to the situation and the expertise required, is the key element to extend the Agile method to assembling and testing as well.
Although the company was stressed by the introduction of these new paradigms, they brought surprising results in the design quality, cost reduction and people involvement.
The next challenge to face will be extending the Agile principles to both the construction of machine components, which are currently built with traditional methods, and to company processes other than product development.