Agile APQP is an adaptive approach to Advanced Product Quality Planning tailored to the fast-paced and evolving nature of EVs, AVs, and the automotive industry. It emphasizes flexibility and quick responses to changes in product development. And provides the product develpment process for integrating software development embedded in EV/AV systems by applying agile techniques within proven product development program control methods.
Agile APQP is crucial for EVs and AVs due to their rapid development cycles and dynamic technology landscape and the need to deliver functional software and hardware meeting today's safety requirements. It helps manufacturers stay agile and responsive to changing market demands and emerging technologies by reducing wasteful redesign and rework in the PD process through focused development and design methods.
Key principles include improved program control from iterative integration of product elements through cross-functional collaboration, real-time communication, and the ability to quickly and effectively address issues arising from changing requirements and technologies. Customer focused, team-based, functional requirements based, fast and effective product development and issue resolution, along with product integrtion lead the way to low rework and reduced product quality issues in the field.
Agile APQP is a process to deliver high standards of quality and safety with processes and methods that focus on timely and continual identification and resolution of issues or risks associated with new technologies and evolving regulations. The Agile APQP focus on requirements that drive design, reduces costly and time consuming rework in the product development process with more robust design results
By applying Agile APQP techniques, suppliers will be able to more readily adapt to changing or unclear customer requirements and be more responsive in product design and technology while keeping costs under control. It provides a process for collaboration and adaptability among supply chain partners and the OEMs.
The Agile APQP process can be adapted to suit the needs of large scale, mature product development organizations as well as startups. It is a scaleable process that can fit into a variety of organizational cultures and working evironments. Large or small scale, one site or multi-national high integrated organization can all benefit from Agile APQP methods for their prodcut development and design needs.