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adesso to assist BMW Group on its journey to becoming an agile organisation

Dortmund/Munich | 24. August 2021

The BMW Group has chosen adesso as its partner for the company’s agile transformation. The IT service provider will be supporting the carmaker in its agile enablement strategy, training entire departments and specific teams on their agile journey with a variety of training and coaching measures. The BMW Group has already established flagship agile projects to safeguard its global competitiveness across many areas and processes, from development, logistics and finance to HR and purchasing.

More and more software is being built into vehicles, and electronics are playing an increasingly important role in the automotive industry. Vehicles are now perceived in the industry as the “ultimate mobile device”, which is why the BMW Group has been working with adesso for many years. The two partners aim to implement a consistently digital and agile organisation that will enable it to respond quickly and flexibly to changing requirements and customer demand on international markets.

The first stage of the BMW Group’s agile transformation was to provide agility-based orientation for the in-house IT department. Silos within the IT department, and between IT operations and other areas, were deconstructed, and the foundations were laid for optimised, cross-department collaboration. adesso is helping the BMW Group to implement and develop agile working methods to transform conventional, process-oriented organisational structures into proactive and reactive units. Agile methods are no longer restricted to software projects. Instead, they can now be used in purchasing, development, logistics, production, sales and human resources. The BMW Group aims to make its entire corporate and leadership culture agile.

To do so, numerous employees have received training on agile roles such as scrum master, agile master or product owner in coaching sessions specifically designed for the needs of the BMW Group. In these coaching and training courses, adesso’s experienced transformation experts convey both general and more specific agile working skills – from the initial sprint to the retrospective. Agile methods are being deployed in a variety of areas at the BMW Group, including connected cars, autonomous transport systems, order to delivery, logistics planning, financial services and infrastructure technologies.

adesso’s coaching measures are also helping to achieve agile transformation in larger initiatives and programmes with many hundred participants. The process involves working with teams and decision-makers to evaluate well-known agile scaling frameworks such as the large-scale scrum framework (LeSS) and the scaled agile framework (SAFe) and deploy them in conjunction with the BMW Group’s in-house scaling model.

For Dirk Pothen, member of the adesso SE Executive Board, the long-standing agile enablement partnership with BMW is a strong vote of confidence: “adesso takes great pride in assisting the BMW Group on its agile transformation journey. Full digital penetration of all business processes opens up a world of opportunities in the automotive industry. Applying agile principles offers additional competitive advantages for manufacturers.”

For Dirk Pothen, member of the adesso board, the long-term mandate at the BMW Group is a strong sign of trust. (Photo: Martin Steffen)

For Dirk Pothen, member of the adesso board, the long-term mandate at the BMW Group is a strong sign of trust. (Photo: Martin Steffen)

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