BMW Group Expands into New Markets by Using Value Stream Management to Improve Agility, Efficiency, and Quality
In recent years, corporate IT has changed drastically, forcing the entire BMW Group through an Agile transformation. Everything must be cloud-ready, scalable, networked, connected, and secure. International cooperation, distributed supply chains, and globally distributed teams are becoming increasingly important.
BMW has been working closely with Planview® Tasktop since 2011. Planview supports BMW by running the data supply from Germany to its R&D center in China, providing data integration for the testing and validation of the control unit development (E/E), as well as ensuring data consistency within its Agile toolchains. A key project was completed one year ahead of plan, despite challenges from the Covid-19 pandemic.
“What changed since we started using [Planview] Tasktop? BMW has transformed itself into a completely Agile working organization. Today [with Planview Tasktop Hub] we can integrate different software products with each other much more quickly than before. And now we are starting to use [Planview] Tasktop Viz to get more benefit from our data, and more insights on our processes.”
– RENÉ TE-STROTE, SENIOR IT PROJECT LEAD, GEOMETRICAL DEVELOPMENT DESIGN, BMW GROUP
ABOUT THE BMW GROUP
The BMW Group is a German multinational manufacturer of performance luxury vehicles and motorcycles headquartered in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. With 31 production and assembly facilities in 15 countries as well as a global sales network, is the world’s leading manufacturer of premium automobiles and motorcycles, and provider of premium financial and mobility services.
Its Chinese joint venture, BMW Brilliance Automotive, aspires to be the leading sustainable provider of first-class individual mobility across the entire value chain of China’s automotive industry. Its business operations include R&D, procurement, production, sales, and after-sales services of BMW automobiles in China. The joint venture has around 23,000 employees and more than 430 local content suppliers. In 2021, BBA produced more than 700,000 BMW cars, making it the largest producer of premium cars in China.
CHALLENGE: CONNECTING TOOLS, DATA, AND PROCESSES
René Te-Strote, Senior IT Project Lead, Geometrical Development Design at BMW Central IT, was given the responsibility of setting up the simulation center at BMW’s Chinese joint venture, BMW Brilliance Automotive, in Shenyang, China. “If you want to grow as an international company, you must be in China. The fundamental challenge here is that if you want to sell cars in China, you have to develop them there,” says Te-Strote.
Te-Strote understood that in order to be successful in the demanding Chinese market, the processes and protocols used to attain BMW’s high standard of quality had to be replicated to achieve the desired results. The goal was to enable BBA’s vehicle simulation R&D center to operate in accordance with BMW’s German model. This included setting up the highperformance computing clusters, rolling out the relevant software, training the local employees, developing new software, and, most importantly, enabling data supply from Germany to run the simulations.
SOLUTION: AN INTEGRATED TOOLCHAIN ACROSS GEOGRAPHIES
Te-Strote had been working with Planview® Tasktop since 2011 on challenges related to data integration, Agile working methods, and value stream management.
“The most important areas where Planview supports BMW are the simulation data supply in China, the data integration at E/E, data consistency in our Agile toolchains, and, more increasingly, questions about the Flow Framework®,” says Te-Strote.
The BBA project has been a big success in which Planview Tasktop played a big part.
“Planview helped me run the data supply chain from Germany to China and back – not only for IT relevant data, for example, from Jira to Jira, but also for engineering data that is required to run the simulations,” says Te-Strote.
RESULTS: PROJECT COMPLETION ONE YEAR EARLY
With the help of Planview Tasktop, BMW completed the whole project one year earlier than planned. “We reached the target business milestones exactly. The simulation work could be started on schedule, despite COVID,” says Te-Strote.
The organization can now integrate different software products with each other much faster than before. At the same time, the team is better able to gain new insights from their data and use it to become better and faster.
FUTURE: VISIBILITY INTO BOTTLENECKS
Looking into the future, the organization is starting to use Planview® Tasktop Viz to reap even more benefit from their data and gain greater insights into their processes. “In my opinion, for an organization to be efficient, it’s imperative to think about where one’s own weaknesses and bottlenecks lie,” says Te-Strote. “If you don’t know this, you run the risk of focusing on the wrong things and falling behind the competition.”
“It is important to give the teams methods and tools to check themselves, measure themselves, and find out how each individual and the team as a whole can improve,” says TeStrote. “You have to constantly ask yourself how you can get better, because if you stop getting better, you stop being good. And ultimately, we want to continue building the best cars in the world,” he sums up.
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