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2012 Agile Conference
Agile's Role in Developing Robust Software Competency at Precor
Dallas, TX USA
August 13-August 17
ISBN: 978-1-4673-2622-3
Precor has a history of innovation as a leader in the fitness equipment industry.  Market forces caused new technology innovations, and traditional outsourcing strategies failed to deliver on the new vision.  The decision to develop these new product capabilities in-house created the need for software competency that didn't currently exist.  Cost of software was historically considered "free" because it was very simple and ROI was far less than a year.  Now, software is driving many business decisions and strategies.  And today the software group has about 40 people. Starting a software competency in an existing business with material non-software businesses is not straightforward.  Sustaining this competency requires successfully addressing challenges with the entire organization and is a long-term effort.  This experience report provides a multi-year reflection and includes business decisions that drove key behaviors.
Index Terms:
Software,Planning,Organizations,Industries,Manufacturing,Technological innovation,Software Competency,complexity,embedded software,innovation,Long-lead times,Manufacturing,Precor,Scaling,Scrum
Citation:
Brent Barton, Brent Brooks, "Agile's Role in Developing Robust Software Competency at Precor," adc, pp.92-98, 2012 Agile Conference, 2012
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