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The Changing Face of Development Agile Methods Gain Ground

  • Mathias Heerwagen
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Product development processes in the automotive industry can be complicated, slow, and inefficient. In response, for some years now, companies have been resorting to agile development methods increasingly frequently. As well as boosting productivity and efficiency, they also allow suppliers and vehicle manufacturers to react far more flexibly to changing market requirements.

Changing Requirements

In nature, the organisms that survive are those best able to adapt to changes in their habitat. If we apply this to the automotive industry, we can assume that those companies unable to react fast enough to changing requirements will face difficulties in future. These include challenges like autonomous driving, increasing connectivity, the spread of electric mobility and the associated growth in technical complexity. Compounding this are suppliers, start-ups, dozens of Chinese carmakers, Internet giants like Google, and tech companies like Apple — more and more businesses are making life...


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mathias Heerwagen
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  1. 1.Germany

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