Agile Methods & Management
a successful instrument in times of change
Agile methods are the answer to the increasing speed of change – and to successfully implement projects just then.
Based on the insight that in many projects with rigid long-term plans, deviations from the plan are the rule rather than the exception. This is particularly the case if the requirements for the project result cannot be defined in detail and reliably at the beginning of the project.
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In the classical project management method (waterfall), a change in the requirement therefore usually inevitably leads to higher costs and/or longer project duration. When using agile project management methods (e.g. SCRUM), necessary changes and adjustments are integrated into the project cycle right from the start.
Teams work interdisciplinary and cross-functional. ‘Silo’ thinking (areas) takes a back seat. This supports the process to find a solution, helps to contain costs, to keep to the schedule and to generate a usable product as early as possible. This is exactly the goal of agile project management. ‘Agility’ in the sense of ‘flexible’ and ‘responsive’ therefore refers to the ability of teams to react to unforeseen changes in project requirements and to develop solutions.