Agile Product Development
IJK Controls was approached by a Silicon Valley titan asking us to support their airborne high bandwidth data link program with gimbal design, controls expertise, hardware and software. At first we sounded like a typical stodgy aerospace supplier: demanding written requirements and a long, slow waterfall development schedule. After realizing this approach wouldn’t work with this customer’s schedule or culture, we embraced their agile development process. We used what hardware we already had to develop new software modules and demonstrate feasibility. We focused on the highest risk items and solved those challenges first. We learned how to move fast and break things, setting world records for airborne data rates in the process. We learned that an AS9100 certified company can do agile development.