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When agile product development gets physical with Katherine Radeka & Kathy Iberle


Katherine Radeka is the Founder and Executive Director of the Rapid Learning Cycles Institute, helping Rapid Learning Cycles Certified Professionals use the framework to get their ideas to market faster. She is a professional keynote speaker and the author of High-Velocity Innovation: How to Get Your Best Ideas to Market Faster. She has worked with companies across the globe operating in industries such as aerospace, consumer electronics, alternative energy, and pharmaceuticals. Kathy Iberle is the Owner and Principal Consultant of Iberle Consulting Group, providing advice, workshops, assessments, and training to solve process problems to develop products faster. For more than twenty years, Kathy has used Agile and Lean methods with The Hewlett-Packard Company, later moving on to her own clients. She is a Rapid Learning Cycles Certified Advisor with a Master of Science degree in Computer Science and Physical Chemistry from the University of Washington and a Master of Science degree in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of Michigan. Katherine and Kathy join me today to discuss when Agile gets physical. Katherine shares how the fundamental principles of Agile can be used to deliver physical products. Kathy distinguishes between software and hardware development and reveals the challenges of scaling up physical products. We discuss how Rapid Learning Cycles and the Integration Train can be leveraged to create a bridge between software and hardware development. Kathy also explores the significant scalability challenges for taking great ideas from the lab to achieve a net-zero world.

"The cost of change is a lot higher, so simply making the thing and trialing it isn't nearly as practical. So we need to figure out ways to get equivalent results without having to build the whole thing." - Katherine Radeka


This week on Innovation Talks:

  • The fundamental principles that underlie Agile and how to use them to deliver a physical product
  • The differences between scaling up software and physical hardware
  • Why Agile is compelling and the assumptions of what happens in development
  • What makes software and hardware Agile work, including Rapid Learning Cycles and the Integration Train
  • Who should read and use the upcoming When Agile Gets Physical book
  • Improving your process and overcoming unique hardware development challenges
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