Design by Prototyping: Increasing Agility in Mechatronic Product Design through Prototyping Sprints

DS 116: Proceedings of the DESIGN2022 17th International Design Conference

Year: 2022
Editor: Mario Štorga, Stanko Škec, Tomislav Martinec, Dorian Marjanović
Author: Camilla Arndt Hansen, Ryan Arlitt, Tobias Eifler, Michael Deininger
Series: DESIGN
Institution: Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
Section: Organisation, Collaboration and Management
Page(s): 201-210
DOI number:
ISSN: 2732-527X (Online)


This paper adapts the agile scrum sprint, typically used in software development, to a prototyping sprint for mechatronic product design. The Design by Prototyping framework describes how the prototyping sprint can be used to manage the prototyping process in design projects through an agile-stage-gate hybrid model. A comparison of 18 student projects using either prototyping sprints or a traditional iterative prototyping approach shows that prototyping sprints helped students make more deliberate, strategic decisions about their use of prototypes.

Keywords: prototyping, agile development, design process, design models

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