Agile development for a multi-disciplinary bicycle stability test bench


Cooke, A.G. and Bonnema, G.M. and Poelman, W.A. (2012) Agile development for a multi-disciplinary bicycle stability test bench. In: 13th Mechatronics Forum International Conference, MECHATRONICS 2012, September 17-19, 2012, Linz (pp. 812 - 819).

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Abstract:Agile software development methods are used extensively in the software industry. This paper describes an argument to explain why these methods can be used within a multi-disciplinary project and provides a concrete description on how to implement such a method, using a case-study to support the rationale. The SOFIE (Intelligent Assisted Bicycle) project was created to develop mechatronic appliances to make bicycles more stable, i.e. safer. A bicycle stability test bench is created within this project and is used as the case study for this research. The relative complexity of the test bench development and partner structure within the SOFIE project has many similarities with large-scale complex projects found in industry. Thus it provides a good environment to research the application of Agile software methods to a multi-disciplinary project.
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