Agile Development of Physical Products—A Case Study of Medical Device Product Development

  • Carlos Gerber
  • Kristin GoevertEmail author
  • Sebastian Schweigert-Recksiek
  • Udo Lindemann
Conference paper
Part of the Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies book series (SIST, volume 135)


Agile development gets more and more relevant in non-IT development processes. Main reasons are the flexibility and the shorter reaction times. The different conditions of physical products compared to software products are current challenges for the use of agile product development methods. This project focuses especially on a medical product development by using scrum to develop agile. After each sprint, the scrum process was adapted to the respective circumstances. Additionally, the team participated a survey, which focuses on collaboration and team behaviour aspects. The survey is based on the team climate inventory. Results of the research were amongst others a 3D-printed microtiter plate, best practices for scrum in medical device development and the survey. Based on the implementation of agile methods in this project and the survey, a recommendation model of an agile medical device development is derived.


Agile development Medical device development Scrum Collaboration analysis TCI Team 



Special thanks for IDAGMED go to all project participants who are not represented as authors in this paper and in particular to the Zeidler-Forschungs-Stiftung for financing the project.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Carlos Gerber
    • 1
  • Kristin Goevert
    • 1
    Email author
  • Sebastian Schweigert-Recksiek
    • 1
  • Udo Lindemann
    • 1
  1. 1.Technical University of MunichMunichGermany

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