“Berlin is the city for digital future technologies“, says Ramona Pop, Deputy Governing Mayor of Berlin and Senator for Economy, Energy and Enterprises. “Innovative mobility solutions are a major challenge and at the same time driver of new economic dynamism. More and more companies like Volkswagen invest in technologies and concepts for sustainable urban transport and create new jobs. Nowhere is this better than in Berlin. Here in Berlin, work is being done to reconcile mobility needs with climate and environmental protection.“
“With the Volkswagen ‘We’ ecosystem, we are offering people tailor-made possibilities of putting their own car to a variety of different uses and also being mobile in other ways. It is simple, digital and intended to meet all requirements,” says Christian Senger, Volkswagen Brand Board Member responsible for Digital Car & Services. “We intend to continue and expand our offering. In future, we will be working in this area at the ‘We Campus‘ in the heart of Berlin. Here, we will be in tune with urban mobility. The ‘We Campus’ offers ideal conditions for the development and testing of new mobility services.”
Volkswagen has oriented the facility near Alexanderplatz entirely towards the requirements of modern digital development work. A key role will be played by agile working methods, which have been given special attention in the design of the office space, with a total area of 15,900 square meters. In future, interdisciplinary experts including specialists such as product developers, software engineers and UX designers will work together directly at the “We Campus”. Participating technology partners can be directly involved. This will simplify procedures and accelerate the testing of newly developed software and apps.
Volkswagen is applying the “two-pizza rule” that is well known from tech companies. Under this organizational principle, agile teams must be so small that two pizzas would be adequate to feed all the team members. This approach suggests that a team size of between eight and ten experts is ideal for promoting personal information exchange and reaping the benefits of agile working including speed and self-organization without hierarchies.