Agile Methods

Scrum, Kanban or SAFe®: with the right method for agile project management

Is your company reaching its limits when it comes to solving complicated or complex tasks? Are your employees overworked, not very innovative and the processes prone to errors? Do you want to develop customer-centric and qualitatively better products and services?

If you have already thought about introducing agile methods in your company, you should leave nothing to chance. We don't just want to provide you with theoretical knowledge. Rather, we want to empower you and your employees to successfully apply agile methods in your working environment.

Agile principles and methods as a success factor in the digital age

Agility lives from people, mindsets and methods. In a scaled environment, suitable frameworks and tools are needed to create transparency between the actors and to optimise the value stream. Agile project management is primarily characterised by the two process models Scrum and Kanban. These two methods have become a modern methodological standard for agile teamwork. However, there are also hybrid forms and influences from other areas that are aligned with the agile principles.

Here is an overview of Scrum, Kanban, SAFe & Co.

Scrum

Scrum is a framework for agile product development and agile project management. Originally at home in software development, the Scrum framework is now also used in other areas.

Scrum is not about a prefabricated method, but rather offers guidelines and points of orientation for the cooperation and communication of teams. The framework defines roles (product owner, developer, scrum master), meetings and recurring activities (e.g. sprints) as well as tools.

Fundamental to this method is the vision of a long-term goal and the measurement of results in terms of the value achieved for customers and the company. Other essential Scrum principles are transparency, self-determined and self-organised work, consistent prioritisation of tasks and process loyalty as well as regular feedback. With Scrum, the focus is not on efficiency but on the effectiveness of the agile team.

Do you want to find out whether Scrum is the right agile method for your company? Contact us or visit our trainings.

Since 2021 KEGON is an official partner of Scrum.org and PTN Member!


Kanban

Derived from the Toyota Production System, Kanban was further developed for use in IT. However, this method is just as suitable for use in other areas where tasks are always processed with the same sequence, comparable to a production.

The Kanban method consists of a set of proven approaches and practices that are scalable from individuals and teams to the enterprise. The method aims to strike a balance between customer requirements and business capabilities. Companies where this balance is disturbed typically experience overworked and unproductive employees, poor quality, unpredictable results, late deliveries, no time for innovation and missed opportunities.

The Kanban Method helps companies to understand and visualise their work system in order to identify unbalanced processes, continuously improve them, conserve resources and consistently achieve effective results.

Do you want to know if Kanban is the right agile method for your company? Contact us or visit our trainings.

Lean Kanban University classes teach the steps to guide you through the Kanban method and model your work with Kanban.


Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe®)

The Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®) is the world's leading framework for enterprise agility and a system for implementing Agile, Lean and DevOps practices that is adaptable and sustainable. Unlike other frameworks, SAFe® describes procedures, roles and practices not only for a team of agile teams, i.e. a few hundred employees, but also for very large organisations.

SAFe® is based on 10 fundamental principles. Following these principles helps organisations hire the right people, deliver high-quality, customer-centric solutions, and respond quickly to market changes and opportunities.

Do you want to know if SAFe® is the right agile method for your company? Contact us or visit our trainings.

Since 2013, we have been the first German partner of Scaled Agile Inc.

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Other agile methods

LeSS (Large Scale Scrum)

LeSS is an agile framework based on Scrum, developed to scale Scrum and to organise multiple Scrum teams. The LeSS framework defines concrete rules and procedures and extends the existing Scrum approaches through additional events, experiments and competence extensions of the Scrum roles.

Design Thinking

Design thinking is an iterative process that focuses on the user and their needs. It is a way of thinking and working and a collection of practical methods. Design thinking is extremely useful when tackling problems that are poorly defined or unknown. This is done by reframing the problem in a human-centred way, developing many ideas in brainstorming sessions and taking a practical approach to prototyping and testing.

Do you have questions about these agile methods? Contact us or visit our trainings.

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What agile methods bring to project management

Get an idea of the advantages of agile project management as opposed to classic project management:

Classic project management

  • Requirements known at the beginning
  • Changes to requirements during the course of the project difficult, therefore high costs for late changes to requirements
  • Clear hierarchy and rigid project management process
  • Sequential development process
  • Requirements from a technical point of view, client only sees end result
  • Team of experts involved in several projects
  • Frequent, long meetings
Agile project management

  • Requirements blurred at the beginning
  • Changes to requirements planned during the course of the project, therefore moderate costs for late changes to requirements
  • Self-organised teams and continuous process improvements
  • Iterative development process
  • Requirements from the customer's point of view, customer evaluates intermediate results
  • Team has focus on one project
  • Regular, informal meetings
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Empower, not just certify

You don't become successfully agile just by getting a certificate. Agility comes from practice and a lived agile mindset.

KEGON's claim is to help companies successfully transfer agile methods into everyday life - to enable rather than just certify. That's why our coaching and training is not just about teaching theory. Rather, it is about experiencing and internalising agile ways of thinking, recognising possibilities for adapting agility and scaling it in one's own organisation, and driving agile transitions sustainably under one's own steam.

Our experts work every day in and with agile teams in companies of different sectors and sizes. They know what is important, what adversities organisations have to deal with in agile transformations and, last but not least, they are passionate about what they do and have fun doing it. Our goal is not to teach you theoretical knowledge and issue as many certifications as possible - we want to enable you to successfully apply agile methods in your work environment.

Are you ready to leave your classic project management behind, adopt a new agile mindset and prepare your company for the future challenges of a constantly changing market?

Do you need support, coaching or consulting for your agile project? Do you still have questions or would you like to book an in-house training?

Talk to us. We will be happy to advise you.

Have we aroused your interest? How can we help you further?
We would be happy to discuss these and other topics in a personal meeting. I look forward to your enquiry!

Csaba Eisenbacher
Management Consultant

Mobile: +36 30 720 1213
E-Mail: csaba.eisenbacher(@)kegon.de