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Can someone recommend a strategy for managing and development of projects that are Hardware & Software. Its just that AGILE doesn't seem to be applicable for hardware. The big thing is with agile is that it can change right up to delivery which is fine for software but not for hardware which is physical a change will require a re-spin of the board (unless you want to ship a board with tombstone resistors and bodge wires (or preserve us as I have done once a (small)BGA upside down with wires on the balls to pads)).
A guess would be kanban.
Kanban is what came out of the Japanese just in time production line system - given your example, if something changes regarding hardware then the processes that depend on that new hardware are going to have to wait until that hardware is ready.
Although my preferred development strategy for all projects is MUYBM (Make up your bloody mind! )
“That which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence.”
Well I think the problem is Software want the hardware to change to meet there demands. At times we have had ARM9 used in place of a PIC for controlling some LED's... I mean come on that is plain overkill!
This is plain wrong. It is *possible* for software, but it does not make it *fine*.
Agility does not mean you can handle changes until last minute (There is no time machine sold with the Agile manifesto package). Agility means that your organization is capable of optimally cope with changes - refusing a change that comes too late for a deadline is also a perfectly *good* way to handle a change.