Experience Report: Agile and Lean UX Techniques for Hardware Development

schedule Oct 15th 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM place Tiered Classroom people 1 Interested

Experience Report: Applying Lean UX to New Hardware Development

We often hear how Agile and Lean UX techniques are applied to software development, but there is much less information available on how to use these same ideas to develop new hardware solutions.

In this experience report, Matthew Maddox, VP of Digital Strategy at Mirion Technologies and Roland Cuellar of Lithespeed will show how Lean UX techniques were successfully applied to the design of new and highly complex integrated hardware and software products.

Mirion makes complex, highly regulated equipment that is focused on radiological safety for national security, first responders, and nuclear power. Mirion’s radiation detection equipment is used to protect people from radiation exposure, secure major events, and track down illicit radiological sources. Over the past year, Mirion has been experimenting with agile and lean UX techniques to design it's next generation radiation detection hardware and software.

In this experience report, we will hear how Matthew utilized rapid, lightweight, lean UX techniques to quickly develop hardware prototypes, gather feedback from past and potential new customers, and quickly pivot initial designs based upon feedback from customers.

As a result of this important process innovation, Mirion is now embracing more modern digital and agile techniques to more quickly bring innovations to market that are more closely aligned with customer desires.

Matthew Madox is the VP of Marketing & Digital Strategy, and lead the field research, primary design and customer validation phases of the next generation Personal Radiation Detector (PRD).

Topics Include: Agile Hardware Design, Lean UX, Hardware and Software Design Integration, New Product Development, Engineering Culture Change

 
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Outline/structure of the Session

  • Explanation of traditional new HW development life cycle
  • Challenges with the traditional approach
  • Overview of Lean UX and Lean Startup
  • How Lean Startup was applied to new hardware designs
  • Customer response and lessons learned
  • Organizational challenges with the new approach

Learning Outcome

  • Basic understanding of Lean UX and Lean Startup
  • Understand how hardware can be quickly prototyped for fast customer feedback
  • Integration of hardware and software using agile development techniques
  • Lessons learned
  • Scaling the hardware design model in a large organization

Target Audience

Product Managers, Product Owners, Those involved in integrated hardware and software design, UX designers

Prerequisite

Knowledge of basic agile techniques.

Some familiarity with Lean UX, Lean Startup, etc would be helpful

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