Budget DFT: 703 000 €

Agile and lean practices are widely and successfully utilized in the field of software engineering. Common insight is that they improve not only the efficiency of the work but also the well-being at work. The objective of the AgiES project is to apply agile and lean design practices to the designing of embedded ICT systems. The aim is to develop agile design practices to be suitable for designing embedded systems, including both hardware and software, in a way that advances both efficiency and well-being at work. The design practices will be utilized in the partner companies collaborating in the project and these practices will be inspected in collaboration with Finnish Institute of Occupational Health (Työterveyslaitos). The main deliverable of the project is a pragmatic handbook, which will provide guidelines for Finnish embedded product development companies, their customers and other stakeholders to understand and adopt agile and lean product development practices.


The two-year project is carried out in collaboration with Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, several industry partners which include:

In addition to industrial partners, the project has other partners including:

An international research partner of the project is Associate Professor Norio Tokumaru from Nagoya Institute of Technology, Japan.

AgiES Press release (in Finnish)


  • Seppo Tuomivaara, Harri Lindholm, Marja KänsäläShort-Term Physiological Strain and Recovery among Employees Working with Agile and Lean Methods in Software and Embedded ICT SystemsInternational Journal of Human–Computer Interaction14 Feb / 2017

  • Kaisa Könnölä, Samuli Suomi , Tuomas Mäkilä , Tero Jokela , Ville Rantala , Teijo Lehtonen Agile Methods in Embedded System Development: Multiple-Case Study of Three Industrial CasesJournal of Systems and SoftwareAugust/2016

  • Samuli SuomiProject Management Tools in Agile Embedded Systems DevelopmentMaster's Thesis2014

  • Teijo Lehtonen, Seppo Tuomivaara, Ville Rantala, Marja Känsälä, Tuomas Mäkilä, Tero Jokela, Kaisa Könnölä, Matti Kaisti, Samuli Suomi, Minna Isomäki, Marko YlitolvaSulautettujen järjestelmien ketterä käsikirjaISBN: 978-951-29-5837-5 (print), 978-951-29-5838-2 (pdf)2014

  • Matti Kaisti, Tapio Mujunen, Tuomas Mäkilä, Ville Rantala, Teijo LehtonenAgile Principles in the Embedded System Development15th International Conference, XP 20142014

  • Ville Rantala, Matti Kaisti, Tuomas Mäkilä, Sami Hyrynsalmi and Teijo LehtonenWork-in-Progress – AgiES: Agile Methods for Embedded System DevelopmentDesign Automation Conference, Work-in-Progress sessionJune 2013

  • Matti Kaisti, Ville Rantala, Tapio Mujunen, Sami Hyrynsalmi, Kaisa Könnölä, Tuomas Mäkilä, Teijo LehtonenAgile Methods for Embedded Systems Development – A Literature Review and a Mapping StudyEURASIP Journal on Embedded Systems2013:15

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Teijo Lehtonen

Senior Research Fellow

teijo.lehtonen@utu.fi +358 (0)44 440 0005