Agile methods of software development have quickly become the best practice solution for modern companies. Software companies in particular achieve faster and more customer-oriented results with the agile way of working. However, this way of working requires an agile environment and customers of these companies often still work in the sequential waterfall model. Both models are contradicting each other and therefore, when combined, often lead to wrong decisions, budget overruns and massive change management. Existing solutions are often not empirically proven, only to be understood as frameworks or not tailored to this special context. In the course of this work, a concept is developed which coordinates both methods as a hybrid process in order to avoid wrong decisions and budget overruns and to reduce change management. This concept is based on current literature and was evaluated with IT experts. It is also tested and evaluated in an IT service provider as a case study.

Awarded the German Study Prize

The master’s thesis behind the whitepaper was awarded the GPM German Study Prize for the best master’s thesis 2016 on project management. Attached you will find Participant brochure and the Certificate .

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The work was awarded the German Study Prize of the GPM (Source GPM – PM Forum 2016)

Agile in the Waterfallworld

The whitepaper was created from my master’s thesis, which I wrote in 2015. The whitepaper is a summary of the results of the master’s thesis. For example, SCRUM and Kanban have been established as successful models in software development for a number of years. However, incorrect synchronization with other methods often results in decisive change management, unclear roles and tasks, a significant loss of cooperation in the course of the project, errors in project estimates and a lack of reactions to changes. Based on specific best practices, this whitepaper is intended to present a model with which agile methods can be successfully established in waterfall-typical organizations without changing the positive properties of existing structures. Through interlocking coordination across the entire project, massive change requests and errors are significantly reduced.
See also for more information Information page too agile in the Waterfallworld! Here I have prepared the content graphically and put it online as Powerpoint.

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Dr. Dominic Lindner
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I blog about the influence of digitalization on our working world. For this purpose, I provide content from science in a practical way and show helpful tips from my everyday professional life. I am an executive in an SME and I wrote my doctoral thesis at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg at the Chair of IT Management.

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