Agile Product Development in the Aerospace and Defense Industries
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Welcome to Talking Aerospace Today – a podcast for the Aerospace & Defense industry. A place that brings the promise of tomorrow’s technology to the ears of our listeners today.

Wow, we are at the forefront of something truly revolutionary.

There’s so much innovation going on. And there’s this vision that in the not-to-distant future we’ll all be flying around in urban air mobility vehicles. Seriously. Sure, there are some naysayers out there, but that’s not going to stop the visionaries, the dreamers.

In order to pull this off, the industry needs to transform how it designs and manufactures aircraft. While new techniques and technologies are a must for the eVTOL manufacturers of the world, adopting new design and manufacturing technologies can also give the more established players – those with the more traditional aircraft a huge leg up as well.

In this episode of Talking Aerospace Today we’ll be talking about agile product development. What is agile? And why is this such a big deal? Agile empowers companies to use the latest cutting-edge technologies. Companies become more nimble and more flexible in the engineering process. They can handle change orders easily and customize on the fly. All of this while meeting cost and schedule – taking on risk without compromise.

I’m your host, Scott Salzwedel, and in this episode, I am joined by two A&D industry experts. Jim Roche, Executive Consultant, Director of A&D Practice at CIMdata, and the founder of PLM A&D Action Group. and Dale Tutt, my partner, and Vice President of Aerospace & Defense at Siemens Digital Industries Software.

Please join me for this in-depth, one-of-kind discussion. Where else will you hear about the cascading “waterfall approach” and “sprints” in the same discussion?

In this episode, you will learn:

●     What is the mission of the PLM A&D Action Group? (5:50)

●     Siemens’ involvement in model-based systems engineering (MBSE). (9:58)

●     The shortcomings of the traditional product development approach. (13:10)

●     The various aspects of agile product development. (16:11)

●     How does Siemens define agile product development? (17:43)

●     The challenges agile product development addresses. (22:35)

●     What is meant by a “sprint” in the context of agile product development. (24:28)

●     The characteristics of the legacy/waterfall approach. (29:37)

●     The characteristics of agile product development. (31:02)

●     The benefits of digital transformation. (38:24)

●     A real-world example of agile product development in action. (39:41)

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