We at Kegon are convinced that Lean-Agile can be used in all areas of life. Values such as transparency, quality, respect, continuous learning and improvement can bring benefits and be lived in a variety of companies. The idea of Lean has also been used for decades in production facilities of various industries all over the world.
Although software development is one of the largest fields of application for agile work, we also like to apply its techniques and values successfully in other projects (e.g. hardware development or embedded systems). In our projects in the automotive industry, however, we often encounter the argument that the valid ISO standards are not or only with difficulty to be adhered to with an agile development method. The currently valid standard for the evaluation of development processes for ECU suppliers in the automotive industry is Automotive SPICE. In order to be a competent partner for customers in the automotive industry in this area as well and to be able to answer uncertainties and questions self-confidently and well-informed, last Friday we invited Torsten Blume of CO-Improve GmbH & Co. KG last Friday. As an official assessor in the assessment of the performance and safety of the development processes, he gave us a comprehensive insight into the development of standards in recent years. It became especially clear that even with agile development methods the generally valid standard of level 3 can be achieved. Automotive SPICE regulations only describe what has to be fulfilled - but not how exactly this has to happen. As agile consultants this reminds us very much of the separation of the "what" from the "how" in the roles of product owner and development team.
Mr. Blume used an example to make the whole thing a little clearer. BP1 describes, for example, that the scope of work must be defined within the project so that the project can be carried out with the available resources. What is important here is that it is defined - not how. Classically, an estimate is made in person days. Agile methods distance themselves from this and let the teams estimate the complexity in points. Both methods are legitimate and lead to this point being adhered to during an inspection.
The presentation made it clear to all of us that industry-specific rules in the automotive industry are compatible with agility and do not constitute a reason not to improve product development with agile methods. The assessors are also aware of and open to new development processes, and this is positively received. We are pleased that Kegon can also support its customers in this aspect of the product cycle.