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From Chaos to Launch of a Brand New Car
"Be given a project without requirements, no architecture, no documentation, globally distributed teams, and a newly started R&D center; have product management and stakeholders issue a warning: deliver on time with quality or face serious consequences; then bring in brilliant people, empower them, and launch agile practices with supporting tooling."
The above "User Story" exemplifies the situation CEVT Power-train Engineering faced at the beginning of 2016. Today, a totally new car brand, Lynk & Co, has been launched in China, which will target EMEA and the Americas in the near future. How was this possible in such a short time?
The recipe was:
- Bring in good people and empower the teams
- Apply agile practices (Scrum and Kanban)
- Bring in tooling to support development (Continuous Integration)
- Test, test, and test
Orchestrating agile teams is not a "walk in the park", but with good leadership and motivated people together with supported tooling, almost any challenge that is near chaos can be turned into a success.