‘Certified Hardware Agilists’ to be trained at Gladwell Academy

Agile for hardware manufacturers? No way, we used to say. The interdependencies involved in physical product development are too rigid; development takes too much time to turn on a dime, we used to say. Until today: consultants Ali Hajou and Davar Azarmi explain why, how and when they will be offering our new course!

Upcoming course aims to bring Agile approaches to hardware design and manufacturing

“For hardware and other non-software environments, embracing Agile principles and working methods presents some formidable challenges and constraints,” begins Davar. “Recently though, a number of approaches have emerged that present adventurous hardware manufacturers with new options to embrace continuous improvement and relentless focus on value for the customer, while keeping budgets in check. We have collated these methods, added our own experience and insight, and we are synthesising them into an entirely new, certified training.”

Davar Azarmi and Ali Hajou are two seasoned Agile consultants and trainers. Both have extensive experience teaching frameworks such as Scrum at both hardware and software-focused environments.


Just as Agility revolutionized software development, there’s significant promise for hardware developers too.


Three words: Time. To. Market.

“Time-to-market is everything,” says Ali Hajou. “These are exciting times, with innovative technologies cropping up in most areas of industry. The first to deliver a working product often takes the market. Naturally everyone wants to be the first to innovate, but where software only takes a couple hundred lines of code to rewrite, a new car currently takes years to introduce.”


Agile automotive?

Or, that used to be the case, at least. “Spectacular new recent achievements have been reached in the realm of Agile manufacturing,” explains Ali. “Joe Justice’s development of the world’s first ultra-efficient, 100+ mpg (miles per gallon) car, for example. He developed that car in record time with the help of a distributed team of volunteers, in an iterative approach he called eXtreme manufacturing. That is coincidentally also the first piece of theory we’re including in the course.”


Featured approaches

Other components include Adaptive Planning, Modular Product Architecture, Set-Based Design, Model-Based System Engineering, Supply Chain Cooperation and Hardware MVP and a few others. “We are far into the syllabus, and right now we are putting together a solid case portfolio,” says Davar. “Cases we are including all come from our own experience – we are really keen on speaking from personal authority. We draw from a broad field of cases: from one of the world’s leading semiconductor manufacturers for example, as well as a really neat case from a global leader in coffee products.”


Certified Hardware Agilist?

“Certification was always a no-brainer for us, as well as for our consultancy partner, BlinkLane Consulting,” explains Ali. “We want the degree to matter, and that means we’re investing a lot in sustained quality. Cultivating a community of practitioners, keeping cases current and relevant. Annual community events, putting licensed materials out there, and adding secondary courses for subsidiary roles: it is all forthcoming.”


Let’s change the face of manufacturing

If you are an engineer, a product developer, a line manager, or a CxO working in hardware design and manufacturing today, and you are looking to embrace entirely new approaches that will revolutionize development processes and squash your time to market, do contact us for more information about the upcoming course.

If you are a trained Agilist and you would like to add the new Agile for Hardware course to your portfolio, don’t hesitate either. Ali and Davar are deeply enthused about the newly developed course: “Let’s change the face of manufacturing for the better!”

Interested? Read more about the course and how to become a Certified Hardware Agilist!

About the trainers – Agile for Hardware

Ali Hajou has experienced the advantages of iterative product development that include the development of hardware and software components in the pharmaceutical industry, the semiconductor industry, and more.  Ali helped them find their own Agile Way of Working, as ‘the standard practices’ do not always apply ‘right out-the-box’.


Davar Azarmi is a multidisciplinary professional with more than 16 years of experience in variety of IT and business roles. He is proficient in areas such as strategic management, IT management, change management, software engineering, lean and agile methodologies and data analytics. He has supported a microchip producer to adapt Agile way of working at scale. As a result, they improved their quality and time to market drastically and managed their budgets and resources better.


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