When you have spent a few years researching and practicing Agile software development you tend to not be surprised by new developments. I know I wasn't... until I saw Joe Justice at #ALE13.
Joe is working on a project to build a car that will disrupt the automotive industry. You don't believe me? Well, what if I told you that they are building a car that costs (with profit) USD25000, has a 5-star equivalent rating and achieves 1.25ltr/100km (or 100 MPG)? Still don't believe me? What if this car could have any part changed as quickly as you change a tyre on a normal car? Yes, even changing the engine is that quick!!
All about this car is revolutionary, but the most revolutionary part in this project is how they are building the car. Joe presented Xtreme Manufacturing as a method that puts together what we have learned in the software industry through Extreme Programming, Scrum, Test Driven Development and other methods.
You see, the thing that will be the most disrupted by Joe's work is how cars are built. Cars are built in Billion Dollar/Euro factories. Every time some part changes it costs millions to change the machinery necessary to produce that part. Not in Joe's project - Wikispeed! The Wikispeed car has a carbon fiber body. They can change the whole body with a few 100's of Euros worth of investment and in about 1 day. That's how fast it is.
Joe and the Wikispeed team have been able to take a 7+ year process (design + manufacturing) and turned into a few weeks. There is no doubt in my mind, Wikispeed will forever change the car industry. Now if you excuse me I have to go meet some car industry executives...
Check out Joe's presentation at TEDx Rainier
And here is a tv show explaining some of the cool details of the Wikispeed car itself
Product Manager, Scrum Master, Project
Manager, Director, Agile Coach are only some of the roles that I've
taken in software development organizations. Having worked in the
software industry since 1997, and Agile practitioner since 2004. I've
worked in small, medium and large software organizations as an Agile
Coach or leader in agile adoption at those organizations.
I was one of the leaders and catalysts of Agile methods and Agile culture adoption at Avira, Nokia and F-Secure.