The agile company is more than a trend
Agility is not only a project management approach, but has also become a management principle, which also has a high impact on organizational structures. Working in agile companies therefore means more than just flexibility.
In an agile company management and communication concepts are challenged and often redesigned. When even established processes are replaced by agile methods, the foundations of the existing collaboration are challenged in favor of agility, change competence and market viability.
The focus of an agile company is particularly on the customer and the employee. An example is that customers are involved in the product development from the very beginning, in order to obtain valuable and continuous feedback.
There are different methods and processes used in agile companies. Popular agile methods are Scrum, Kanban, Design Thinking and Lean Startup, among many more. The success of these agile methods is often due to increasing employees’ motivation, as a guiding principle of agile companies is a focus on self-organized teamwork, implying that employees are controlled less.
Agility should therefore not only be seen as a trend, which can be quickly implemented in the company. A serious consideration of the organizational structure is essential, in order to make the company more sustainable for the future.