Wikispeed

open design & hardware eco-car

Wikispeed

open design & hardware eco-car

Wikispeed

Wikispeed is a Road Legal Automotive company where the public contributes CAD like Wikipedia authors improve content. Wikispeed is a 100 Mile per Gallon (MPG) car using processes borrowed from the software world; Agile, Lean, Scrum and Extreme Programing. WIKISPEED uses methods developed by the fastest moving software companies. In fact, in many ways they have more in common with Google or Twitter than GM or Toyota. Manufacturing and old-thought software teams gather requirements, design the solution, build the solution, test the solution, then deliver the solution. In existing automotive companies, the design portion of that process alone takes more than 10 years, and then the vehicle design is built for 5 to 14 years. This means it is possible to buy a brand new car from a dealer and that car represents the engineering team's understanding of what the customer wanted, 24 years ago! Team WIKISPEED follows the model of Agile software teams, following the same cycle but compressing it into 1 week "sprints". We iterate the entire car every 7 days. That means every 7 days they re-evaluate each part of the car and re-invent the highest priority aspects, instead of waiting 10 to 24 years. This enables a completely different pace of development.

Wikispeed

Joe Justice is the founder of of Team Wikispeed, an all Scrum volunteer-based, “green” automotive prototyping company, with a goal to change the world for the better. Joe consults and coaches teams and companies on implementing Scrum at all levels of their organization, both in software and physical manufacturing. Joe has been featured in Forbes 5 times, CNN Money once to date, interviewed by Fast Company, featured on the Discovery Channel, and other media outlets globally for his work reducing time to value in companies globally and within the non-profit social good do-tank, Team WIKISPEED.

Joe founded Team WIKISPEED in 2006, and with the distributed, collaborative, volunteer

team tied for 10th place in the Progressive Insurance Automotive X Prize and in the process formalized eXtreme Manufacturing, a process adapting the fastest moving methods of fast moving software startups to non-software development, testing, and manufacture. As a result, he is lucky enough to serve on the board of advisors for groups from aerospace engineering to manufacturing to education. Joe has spoken and/or launched teams at UC Berkley, Cambridge, Google, Microsoft,

Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, John Deere, and others; in Vietnam, India, China, Switzerland, Germany, France, Romania, the UK, Brazil, Canada, the United States, and others. Lucky for Joe, this is tremendously enjoyable and rewarding work, resulting in faster time to value in industries from medical devices to construction.

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