Toward a Hybrid Agile Product Development Process

Nicola Garzaniti, Clément Fortin, Alessandro Golkar

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionpeer-review

5 Citations (Scopus)


Both startups and traditional space industry are exploring new business opportunities and new engineering approaches in what is becoming known now as New Space. Organizations started accelerating project schedules and challenging the V-model typically used in space product development. The need of a faster and more adaptive response to changing customer needs within an improved development productivity made Agile process a potential key enabler of New Space sector. On the other hand, space system projects are typically executed in multi-party consortia. Each organization in a consortium adopts its own product development process and interprets “New Space” differently. For this reason, the implementation of Agile is not seamless as it requires coordination with traditional systems engineering approaches. This setup is what we refer to as “hybrid Agile product development process”. This paper provides a first definition of the architecture of hybrid product development process targeted toward systems development and lifecycle management of hardware projects developed by multi-party consortia. We consider this discussion in the context of the development of spaceflight hardware in the New Space industry. We identify the main challenges in adopting such a methodology in developing hardware systems. This work identifies opportunities of future work for defining coordination approaches in hybrid product development settings, and improved organization structures of hardware projects in hybrid development contexts.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProduct Lifecycle Management in the Digital Twin Era - 16th IFIP WG 5.1 International Conference, PLM 2019, Revised Selected Papers
EditorsClement Fortin, Louis Rivest, Alain Bernard, Abdelaziz Bouras
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9783030422493
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event16th IFIP WG 5.1 International Conference on Product Lifecycle Management, PLM 2019 - Moscow, Russian Federation
Duration: 8 Jul 201912 Jul 2019

Publication series

NameIFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology
Volume565 IFIP
ISSN (Print)1868-4238
ISSN (Electronic)1868-422X


Conference16th IFIP WG 5.1 International Conference on Product Lifecycle Management, PLM 2019
Country/TerritoryRussian Federation


  • Agile PLM
  • Collaborative product development process
  • Hybrid agile process
  • New Space


Dive into the research topics of 'Toward a Hybrid Agile Product Development Process'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this