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Agile's Role in Developing Robust Software Competency at Precor: Brent Barton, Brent Brooks
    Wednesday August 15, 2012 11:30am - 12:00pm @ Ft. Worth 7

    Established in 1980, Precor sets the standard for quality, innovation, and performance in exercise equipment. Precor has distinguished itself as a worldwide industry leader, providing state-of-the-art fitness equipment to health clubs, hotels, spas, fitness centers, and private homes all over the world. Precor is number one in the fitness equipment industry in both product offerings and service quality [Source: 2009 Health Club Equipment Benchmarking Report]. At the same time Precor is a great place to work, as evidenced by honors as a finalist in the Puget Sound Business Journal's 2010 Washington's Best Workplaces in the Large Business category. Precor began by launching the first ergonomically sound rowing machine in 1980, and have been supporting the natural movement of the human body ever since. In 1990, Precor created the first cushioned treadmill. Precor introduced the world to the Elliptical Fitness Crosstrainer™ (EFX®) in 1995. Then in 2007, Precor released the revolutionary Adaptive Motion Trainer® (AMT®), a breakthrough piece of cardio equipment that constantly and fluidly adapts to your stride length and motion. Precor decided to continue its leadership and innovation by delivering a completely new fitness experience through the use of embedded and networked capabilities. This represents a significant shift from a product mindset to a platform capability for Precor. Software became extremely complex and a critical competency for Precor which was a radical and transformative change. This research paper investigates the trials and tribulations of developing a whole new competency in software in order to deliver our next level of innovation.

    As Principal and Founder of River Rock Endeavors, Brent stri…

    Type Insights - Experience Reports
    Session Type Lecture
    Audience Practicing

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