Today, in every new car model, manufacturers are introducing new advanced functionality due to ever evolving customer demand for more functionality and higher levels of connectivity. This increases the complexity of vehicle systems and software development within the automotive industry. The current development approach is no longer suitable to address the increase on complexity, faster pace of change and decreased time to market. Thus, OEMs and Tier-One suppliers are investigating and implementing more effective and reliable methods of software development using an Agile Approach. This method is creating fewer escalations, improved on-time delivery and quality, lower staff turnover, greater transparency and simplified processes – and has led to self-organizing teams.
According to a recent study (Agile in Automotive – State of Practice 2015, Kugler Maag Cie), following Agile methods/principles “blindly” using a strict definition of the methodology would have ultimately led to failure. The main barriers include trying to fit agile elements into a non-agile environment, inability to change organizational culture, increased project complexity and lack of customer collaboration. Experts at HARMAN Connected Services (HCS) provide consulting services to help OEMs/Tier-One suppliers achieve enterprise agility by extending agile benefits from projects to the business lines.
HCS provides the advantages of adopting Agile into the practices of portfolio management, business case development, governance, and metrics and help create an organization that is more accountable, market responsive and productive. The HCS team guides OEMs and Tier-One Suppliers in preparing their organization for Agile adoption and provides insight on why and how investing in Agility and Agile principles increases business value.