Implementing Agile in an OEM

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. 

Enterprise Agile Transformation Process

Figure 1. The steps that HCS follows in an Enterprise Agile Transformation Process


Top-line Benefits

  • Approach based on Agile and SAFe Manifesto and Principles
  • Overlays industry leading best practices, standards and tools
  • Strong focus on agile competency and partnership development
  • HCS ‘Agile in a box’ - Accelerated tool kit and transformation roadmap
  • HARMAN’s Agile consulting SMEs show automotive ecosystem participants how to evangelize agile values across the organization within 6-12 months
  • Solid Agile Governance and Metrics with clear predictability of releases across stakeholder


Capabilities and Benefits

  • Key Tenets of Harman’s Global Agile Delivery framework
  • Realizing agile delivery excellence through “Agile in a Box”
  • Agile Coaching with Focus on Cultural Change and Engineering Excellence
  • Agile Training and Workshop covering all aspects of Product Development and Engineering practices
  • Business Leadership Training