via Scrum Inc — Scrum creates a good framework to organize teams, and provide transparency in order to improve and enhance communication. Saab Defense adopted an Agile process to address the issue in both hardware and software teams to produce its new multi-role strike fighter, the Gripen E.
In their case study Owning the Sky with Agile: Building a Fighter Jet Faster, Cheaper, Better with Scrum Saab demonstrates how an organization can manage variability and drive performance with clarity and commitment through Agile.
The firm coordinates through daily team-of-teams stand-ups. At 7:30 AM each frontline agile team holds a 15-minute meeting to flag impediments, some of which cannot be resolved within that team. At 7:45 the impediments requiring coordination are escalated to a team of teams, where leaders work to either settle or further escalate issues. This approach continues, and by 8:45 the executive action team has a list of the critical issues it must resolve to keep progress on track.
Aeronautics also coordinates its teams through a common rhythm of three-week sprints, a project master plan that is treated as a living document, and the colocation of traditionally disparate parts of the organization—for instance, putting test pilots and simulators with development teams.
The results are dramatic: IHS Jane’s has deemed the Gripen the world’s most cost-effective military aircraft.