Accelerated. Hyper-personalized. Agile. This is design and product engineering in the era of Industry X.0, where smart, connected technologies boost efficiencies and maximize returns from R&D investments.
Today, most industrial players recognize the value of a lean and agile approach to product development. Many also know that scrum methodologies provide an evidence-based framework for managing agility successfully. Scrum teams, working iteratively and incrementally toward a common goal, can significantly accelerate software development—the key to competitive advantage in a digital age.
Yet although plenty of industrial companies have taken the scrum approach to software development, few have fully realized its potential. All struggle to resolve the lack of global software talent, especially in sectors such as auto where trends like autonomous driving and rapidly shifting regulatory standards are exacerbating the shortage. Many also struggle to integrate software development with slower-moving hardware development. And few indeed have cracked the most critical challenge of all: coordinating multiple teams so that top-quality products can be rolled out at speed and scale.
Accenture’s AutoScrum offering accelerates the product development process by enabling the seamless integration of software and hardware development. It takes the best of lean-agile software development frameworks and enhances them to support a harmonized way of working that aligns with each client’s business model, market cycles, and specific regulatory and compliance needs.
Consider, for example, an auto supplier developing both software and hardware for in-car infotainment systems and confronted with exponential increases in product complexity. By leveraging AutoScrum, and executing multiple success pilots, the company has created a product platform that enables its scrum teams to coordinate across both features and projects. Teams tasked with developing audio features can integrate with those working on graphics, while simultaneously pursuing their own specific projects—with agility, and at scale.
Accenture’s AutoScrum is a proven approach to improving quality, increasing velocity, and managing industry-unique compliance and standards. The time to start using it is now.