Daniela Rinaldi has been dealing with Design and Project Management in construction engineering for years. She became keen on Agile methods, which she promotes in the construction sector, and she currently plays the role of Scrum Master in the Agile teams pertaining to the mechanical and building fields. In addition, she is involved in the coaching of budding Scrum Masters in company teams.
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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.