Agile Attitude: Review of Agile Methods for use in Design Education

DS 69: Proceedings of E&PDE 2011, the 13th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education, London, UK, 08.-09.09.2011

Year: 2011
Editor: Kovacevic, Ahmed, Ion, William, McMahon, Chris, Buck, Lyndon and Hogarth, Peter
Author: Ovesen, Nis; Tollestrup, Christian; Eriksen, Kaare
Series: E&PDE
Section: Design Methodology and Education 1
Page(s): 505-510


Motivated by the growing number of hybrid products with extensive software and service components, this paper reviews four representative agile methods from the domain of software for their applicability to both industrial design education and practice. The review is based on a comparative analysis of the methods through four scopes, including their application spectrum, level of guidance, process coverage and project management capabilities. Based on the analysis, it is argued that agile methods are able to offer design students the tools for bridging the gap between the software development teams and their own domain of physical product development.

Keywords: Delayed decision making, product metaphors, development models


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