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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.


Markus Niklasson
Markus Niklasson (China Euro Vehicle Technology AB)
  • Software Developer (Tools & Integrations) and Scrum Master (Basic Software) at CEVT Powertrain Engineering Software Controls & Calibrations
  • ~15 years in the software industry
  • Telecommunications, entry systems applications, heavy industry applications, and now automotive
  • MSc EE from Chalmers University of Technology


  • Certifications
    > Professional Scrum Developer (PSD) & Scrum Master (PSM1) from
    > SEI Software Architecture Professional from Carnegie Mellon
    > Foundation Level in Software Testing from