Joe Justice on Rapid and Agile Industrial Development at Wikispeed
= using agile software development, modular design, and rapid prototyping, the WikiSpeed car development team, developing a 100 MGP car for the Automotive X-Prize, has achieved an extraordinary compression of development time
TedXRanier video presentation of Joe Justice at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MkmyKmQppq8&feature=youtu.be ; longer detailed explanation at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjempylJy1w
This is a must see video!
"Joe Justice presents at TEDxRanier how Team WIKISPEED has accomplished amazing results in producing a 100 Mile per Gallon (MPG) car using processes borrowed from the software world; Agile, Lean, Scrum and Extreme Programing. The result is that WIKISPEED now sells an affordable car that achieves 100 MPG that is is fast, fun and beautiful while also achieving a five star crash test rating equivalent."
"Here are some highlights of what Joe and the others from Wikispeed have accomplished:
- Designed and manufactured a 4-passenger street-legal car that gets 100 mpg
Most of us would agree that is quite an achievement.
There is more:
- The car was constructed using off-the-shelf parts
This means, among others things, that the car is easily serviceable using existing maintenance infrastructure
- The car is entirely modular in design
All sub-systems are essentially snap-out/snap-in, making replacement of engine, brakes, suspension, etc. a process that takes just a few minutes. BTW, this is not simply replacing like-for-like but also to switch to a new technology (e.g. change to a new engine).
- They innovated a new process for carbon-fiber body construction that costs 1/360th the traditional process
With this process, they were able to switch to a new body type for less than $1000.
- You can pre-order cars now for less than $29,000
This is not just a one-off prototype. Currently they are manufacturing one car per week (yes, that’s the low volume manufacturing retail price). They are targeting a future price of under $20,000.
Last but not least, all this has been accomplished:
- With no capital investment
Although they do solicit donations through PayPal on their Web site.
- No paid employees
Everything is done by volunteers."