An agile scrum methodology tool for electronics design

Simone Briatore, Alessandro Golkar

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Scrum has gained popularity as an Agile framework to develop engineering projects in rapid, adaptive iterations. While Agile has been traditionally applied to software projects, its adoption in space hardware developments is increasingly observed, in particular in small satellites. This paper presents an Agile methodology tool to systematically define and size a Scrum backlog in space electronics development. The tool is based on a mathematical model correlating historical data of space electronics development with time required to complete a given task, as a function of fundamental engineering parameters of the electronics. Test runs demonstrated an accuracy of the tool with a mean squared error lower than 10%. The tool supports the user to evaluate the probability of faults in the designed system and therefore the number of iterations needed before reaching an error-free system. The tool is demonstrated on a development use case of a New Space mission. The paper discusses the extent to which the obtained results can be generalized to address other similar space mission developments.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberIAC-19_D1_4A_9_x51190
JournalProceedings of the International Astronautical Congress, IAC
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event70th International Astronautical Congress, IAC 2019 - Washington, United States
Duration: 21 Oct 201925 Oct 2019


  • Agile
  • Costs
  • Electronics
  • Hardware design
  • Time estimates


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