Introducing agile concepts in Automotive markets

How to apply agile principles to Automotive SPICE® and Functional Safety; Team of Teams implementation in efficient development. In addition to training, participants must pass an exam to gain Agile in Automotive certification.

  • Introducing agile concepts

    Training objectives & content

    This 3-day training introduces you to the effective application of Scrum and Kanban, both now widely-used agile methods in industry. You’ll also learn how to deal with regulatory requirements such as Automotive SPICE® and Functional Safety. The Team of Teams concept allows you to implement these methods in large automotive development units.

    In addition to training, participants must pass an exam to gain Agile in Automotive certification. 



    Introduction to agile

    • Overview, aims, agenda
    • Introduction of course participants and discussion of expectations
    • Introduction to the topics of agility, motivation, values and principles, underlying concepts and philosophy, an overview of agile methods and practices
    • An introduction to Scrum and Kanban
    • A team exercise to show the power of iterative processes and teamwork

    Scrum roles

    • Understand the responsibilities and differences between the Product Owner, Scrum Master, and Development Team roles
    • Interpersonal, personal, and cultural issues within the context of the overall setting and givens (hierarchies vs. independence)
    • Understanding new roles introduced to automotive development and how automotive methods effect existing roles
    • Understanding how a team can be organised to become customer-centric

    Whether its certification training you need or an individual workshop, you always benefit from the full advantages of our know-how. We will design the right training to match your needs, for you (individually) as an expert, or as an exclusive in-house course for your company. Our experts offer all courses in German and English.

    Smilja Mateja, Training Coordination

    Agile requirements

    • Understanding how Scrum deals with customer requirements
    • Understanding how to implement agile requirements so that they support Automotive SPICE® and ISO 26262
    • Understanding backlogs and refinement processes
    • The ingredients of a good user story

    Agile estimating

    • Understanding the difference between size and effort
    • How daily noise affects capacity
    • Lean techniques for making team estimates

    Workshop and discussion – applying agile estimation to your project

    Sprint planning

    • Understanding the basics of sprint planning meetings
    • How to define, break down and achieve a sprint goal
    • Understanding how to align sprint plans with resources by using velocity
    • The definition of ‘Ready’ and ‘Done’
    • Understanding the unique requirements of Automotive SPICE® and ISO 26262 work products, as well as techniques for planning work products
    • The basic tools of sprint monitoring

    Workshop and discussion – applying sprint planning techniques to your project; planning your first sprint

    Release planning

    • The connection between a product plan, a release plan and a sprint
    • Understanding velocity extrapolation by looking at historical performance
    • Determining scope to negotiate within release planning
    • Understanding how to achieve quality and compliance milestones iteratively
    SINCE 2008

    We’re proud that we have been one of the pioneers of functional safety since 2008 and that this has given us the opportunity to leverage our experience in developing the ISO 26262 safety standard.

    Functional safety in automotive electronics? We’re the experts!


    To date, we have trained more than 100 specialists under the TÜV Rheinland Functional Safety (Automotive) certification scheme.

    Functional safety in automotive electronics? We’re the experts!

    700+ PROJECTS

    We have a wealth of experience in functional safety according to ISO 26262, having conducted over 700 projects with more than 100 clients worldwide.

    Functional safety in automotive electronics? We’re the experts!


    We developed and conducted the often-quoted industry barometer on Agile Automotive. State of Practice


        Agile Automotive since 2010


    We are a member of the German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers’ Association (ZVEI) working group on agile system development. This allows us to share the experience gathered by Kugler Maag Cie on a large number of implementation projects involving agile development methods at suppliers and producers of automotive electronics.

    Agile Automotive since 2010


    First staged in 2015, the Agile Automotive Conference was originally our idea and we continue to support the event as a content provider for this industry meet-up.


    Agile Automotive since 2010

    Teams of Teams

    • Understand the Team of Teams planning concept
    • How to use architectural decomposition when planning a Team of Teams
    • Understanding how to plan for and manage cross-team dependencies
    • How to manage the cross-team delivery of quality and compliance work products
    • The roles of Product Owners and Scrum Masters in more detail
    • Understanding the ideal role they should play
    • Understanding the ideal traits of people performing these roles
    • The time and effort that has to be invested in different projects within each role
    • More detail on the success criteria of each role
    • Different ways to facilitate success and resolve conflict with agile teams

    Workshop and discussion – planning a multi-team release with cross-team dependencies

    The agile organisation

    • What is the best way for companies to organise themselves?
    • How can I introduce agile methods to my organisation?
    • A change management exercise (self-assessment)
    • Examples of implementation within organisations
    • Discussion of the traps and obstacles that await organisations during implementation

    Next training

    Book early to receive an early-bird discount or apply for a group discount on course fees.

    Extra value


    We look forward to welcoming you to our training courses. To make it easier for you to concentrate on your course, we do everything we can to make your stay as pleasant as possible. 

    If your course lasts more than four days, we would be delighted to invite you out for the evening. This is also a useful opportunity to discuss what you have learnt or experienced with other course participants and forge friendships.

    Process & organisation

    Information on the training programme

    Some courses take place several times a year as classroom training sessions. Others are only offered as in-house training.

    To make a binding reservation, book directly through the website or send us an order. We will confirm course dates as soon as we have received a minimum number of reservations. You will be sent all required information on course arrangements in advance. Fees include digital course materials, and, if you come to our sites, lunch and refreshments during breaks.

    Most of our courses can also be booked as in-house training sessions. Our instructors will be happy to travel directly to your place of work and train your teams on site. We can also mix and match the content of in-house courses and take a particular situation affecting your projects into account. We will be happy to write a concept proposal for your specific training requirements.

    All courses outlined in our training programme can be held in German or English. Our training materials are written in English.

    You will receive the training documents as a PDF. We recommend that you have your notebook or tablet with you during the course.

    Training package: Seminar skills and attractive discounts

    • 10% early-bird booking discount if you register six or more weeks before a training session.
    • 10% group discount if you register more than one participant from your company for the same course.

    Want to save even more? Discounts can be combined for the same course.

    These conditions do not apply to VDA examination fees for Automotive SPICE® assessor training sessions or the Scaled Agile, Inc. fee for SAFe training.

    We strongly recommend that you have the appropriate ISO standards at hand for and during the exam, and of course during your further work.

    For the Cybersecurity Engineer training (TÜV Nord) this concerns ISO/SAE 21434, for the Functional Safety Engineer course (TÜV Rheinland) the safety standard ISO 26262. For Automotive SPICE® training, however, you will receive the model in the form of our original pocket guide.

    For legal reasons, we are unfortunately not authorized to provide you with a copy of ISO standards. Please ask your employer if you can obtain the respective standard there.

    Conditions of participation

    For courses in our seminar rooms, the fees include digital course materials, lunch and refreshments during breaks per person.

    Our services will be invoiced before beginning of training course.

    Terms of payment: 10 days net. In case of late payment late interest will be charged in accordance with current BGB regulations, in particular §288 BGB (German Civil Code).

    This offer is only open to companies or registered tradespersons. All fees are subject to current sales tax and must be paid on receipt of invoice. Early-bird and group discounts will be subtracted as necessary from invoices.

    We will confirm receipt of your registration. Registrations can be cancelled without penalty up to 6 weeks before each individual event; after that the following rules apply:

    • 6 weeks to 4 weeks before the start of the event = 10%. 
    • 4 weeks to 7 days before the event = 50%.
    • Fees will not be refunded if you cancel a course less than a week before an event.

    We will gladly accept a substitute participant at no additional cost. 

    All courses may be subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances.

    We charge the examination fees of third parties (such as VDC QMC and Scaled Agile Inc. as well as TÜV Rheinland and TÜV Nord) on their behalf. Such fees are not eligible for a discount.

    Your personal information will be stored by KUGLER MAAG CIE GmbH in order to organise the event. By registering for a course you also agree to us contacting you by fax, email or telephone. If you do not wish to consent to us using your information in this way, please send us a message or get in touch. You have the right to withdraw your consent to this arrangement at any time.

    If you take part in an examination with a third-party provider such as the VDA QMC and Scaled Agile Inc. as well as TÜV Rheinland and TÜV Nord, we will pass on the necessary data to the respective provider.