Welcome to the eXtreme Manufacturing Build Party! Use Scrum to build a car in 60-minute sprints. Guided by professional coaches, it’s an inspirational experience that leaves participants confident about conquering their work using Scrum. Because attendees apply the Scrum framework and eXteme Manufacturing to solve complex problems, build parties are a terrific way to win buy-in about agile practices. Host a party!


Agile DC 2013 2.9
from Scrum Inc.

About 60% of what you do is about energy. I’ve never seen my teams collaborate so closely or work so fast.

- Chandrakant Patel, VP and Chief Engineer of Hewlett-Packard Labs

How does it work?

Build Parties are perfect for introducing agile to organizations or to help practiced teams re-launch. No Agile experience or automotive background is necessary. The build party can be completed in as few as 3, 60-minute sprints.

We kick off each build party by having the attendees self-organize into 4 to 5 person scrum teams, complete with a Scrum Master and Product Owner. Teams then swarm on the backlog  to complete as many stories as possible, with quality. Each sprint the teams get a chance to review their work with the facilitators while using scaled Scrum to address impediments, demonstrate their work, and refine the backlog. When the Party ends, teams have built a car and had fun.

extreme manufacturing build party backlog A build party backlog

What do I get out of it?

You get to experience:

  • Completing hands-on work as part of a Scrum team
  • Coordinating across multiple teams in a scaled format
  • Setting-up an eXtreme Manufacturing work-space

As a result, many participants tell us they are pumped to know what a high-velocity sprint feels like. We get regular feedback that participants leave with a clear vision of how to Scrum their work, launch or re-launch their teams, and apply XM to their projects. 

What kind of venue do I need?

Build Parties can happen indoors or outside and require at least two parking spaces worth of room (50 x 50 is ideal), and electricity. That’s it! We have hosted build parties in atriums, on patios, driveways, and parking lots. It is great if others can walk by and see what’s going on. Build parties are fun and noisy! There will be dance music and power tools, so please choose the space accordingly.

Why a car?

Building a car is exciting and it is something everyone can relate to. Regardless of what your product is, working on a car is engaging and challenging. Building a complex machine in short, 60-minute sprints really expands peoples perception of what they are capable of.

Plus, cars are awesome.

Will it drive?

Most venues opt-out of using the engine module. This simplifies the logistics, eliminates facilities approval for gasoline or battery chemistry inside the building, and reduces the weight of the delivery by 700lbs. That said, it is awesome to start up your WIKISPEED car after the sprints and we are happy to bring an engine module to your party.

the modules that make up an extreme manufacturing build party

Can I keep it?

The Build Party includes rental of the car from Team WIKISPEED, simplifying the logistics. You are welcome to buy the eight modules that compose the car, which are available at an additional fee. If you are interested in purchasing the modules, please contact us for more information.