Prototyping Smallsats at NASA with Thomas Friend

How is a cellphone like a satellite? Says Tom Friend, Agile consultant at Duke Energy who is blowing our minds with his work at NASA, “If you think about it, a cellphone is a micro satellite [without] stabilization [or] propulsion.” Tom walked us through using Scrum and other Agile practices in a satellite mission simulation to create a roadmap and a backlog and to produce a paper prototype of a to-scale small satellite (smallsat), which Friend calls a cubesat. Of the experience, he says, “It creates a shared mental model that everyone can see. It’s not what you get out of the paper, it’s individuals and interactions.”

Howard Sublett hosts at Southern Fried Agile 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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