Motivation for scaling, coordinating 46 teams, distributed planning meetings, company culture, decentralization of responsibilities, change management

Learning Objectives

Since beginning of 2014 the global business unit „Integration Software Products” (ITS-I) of AVL List GmbH has been transitioning to an adopted version of the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), named ALASKA (AVL’s Lean Agile SW Development Process with Kaizen). The challenge has been to coordinate 46 agile development teams and about 300 people located at 6 development centers.
AVL started to introduce the first Scrum teams in 2010. Later in 2012 the first development center transitioned to Agile. Due to the complex product structure and the distributed development the need for coordination of the development process (sprints) and the content (backlogs) on a higher level became obvious. After an analysis phase and the attempt to develop an own framework the decision was made to use the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe 3.0) as a basis and adopt it to the needs of AVL.
The presentation introduces AVL, the surrounding conditions of the software development in standard- and system-software products, and the application of the Scaled Agile Framework at AVL. The presentation shows, which parts of SAFe have been applied (e.g. program- and portfolio management) at AVL and which concrete experiences have been made.
Furthermore an outlook on upcoming challenges and resulting improvement steps is given.

Format: Talk (60 minutes)

Speaker Biography

Stefan Wunder works as “Agile Coach” for the global business unit “Integration Software Products” at AVL List GmbH in Graz since July 2014. He has more than 10 years of experience in applying Lean and Agile methodologies in different industries (internet, telecommunication, automotive) and roles (developer, Scrum Master, Agile Coach). During his studies in software engineering and business economics he worked as freelance software developer focusing on the internet business. Between 2009 and 2012 he worked for an internet start-up, where he was responsible for the introduction of Scrum. After his graduation at Graz University of Technology in March 2012 he continued his career as Scrum Master at the software company “Infonova GmbH”. He has lots of experience as Agile Coach in internationally dispersed environments, scaling and transitioning projects. He is moderator of the “Scrum User Group Graz”.

Robert Dietze first came into contact with agile development methods (XP, Crystal family) in 2001 during his work as developer and technical project lead for Robotron Datenbank Systeme. In the following years he mainly supported process assessment and improvement projects in the automotive industry using standards like CMMI, ISO 15504 and Automotive SPiCE, first as a consultant for SynSpace from 2002 to 2007 and from 2007-2010 as member of the Quality and Process Management of AVL List GmbH. Since 2011 in the role of department manager for process management, project quality and development tools he has been responsible for the introduction of Agile development methods (SCRUM, Kanban) and for the adaptation of the Scaled Agile Framework towards the requirements of AVL's standard software product development.