About Kristofer, owner at Agile hardware Northwest LLC

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Experience

I bring 15 years of engineering product development experience coupled with a proven track record of leveraging Agile practices to bring complex electromechanical assemblies involving industrial design, electronic hardware, firmware, software, UI/UX, quality, global supply chains, and manufacturing to market on expedited schedules.


I firmly believe that in today's increasingly complex world, Agile practices can help your organization create and sustain more empathetic and relevant products and services for your customers.

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Our Approach

Our business is built on trust, deep relationships, and finding the right fit. Agile isn't something you adopt overnight. Successful Agile transformations are deeply personal, intellectual, and take time. We understand this and partner with you to ensure success takes hold.

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Why Us?

Business mentors are key—that’s why when it comes to working with clients, we're all in. We want to give each of you the time and guidance you deserve.  Whether you’re seeking a strategic alliance with the right partner or a special skillset or tool, call us today. Together we’ll create and refine your plan for success. We didn’t get there alone. And neither will you. 

My story

 As Agile practitioners, we are all at different stages of our understanding of Agile. Is it Scrum, Kanban, or another framework? Many of us know that Agile is something that software developers use, but have you ever considered that Agile as a mindset and belief system about getting work done and ultimately delivering something of value can be and should be applied outside of software?


In late 2015, my team and I at a small avionics company in the Pacific Northwest decided to try leveraging the Scrum framework for hardware development and systems integration after having the opportunity to be trained as Scrum Masters. Initially, we faced many foreseen and unforeseen challenges porting Scrum into the hardware domain. While it is fairly common to find coaches and resources about how to leverage Agile for software development, we found very little help for hardware development at the time. This forced us to dig deep and understand the Agile manifesto and principles at a deeper level. The Scrum framework helped us structure our work and forced us into different behaviors and, over time, as our behaviors changed, we grew in our understanding of Agile, and our approach to work and delivering value changed in significant ways.


After our commitment to developing and delivering products to customers using Agile values and principles, our organization experienced the following:


  • Major product development timelines reduced to 9 to 12 months
  • A bias toward action and prototyping
  • Identification and resolution of project risks early in product development cycles
  • Smoother roll out during new product introduction
  • The release of relatively mature products (due to iterative prototyping) with customer-vetted user experiences, lower cost for bills of materials, and increased quality with respect to manufacturing, reliability, and functionality.


What I have learned is that once you think about Agile as a set of values and principles for delivering something of importance and not as a prescriptive project management tool, you can reframe the development of almost any product or service into an Agile approach.