For many years I have dealt with agility as a form of my doctoral thesis. Of course, I’m not the only one who deals with it. A large team of sociologists at FAU has been working at FAU for 3 years on agile project work and which factors are important in the implementation in terms of good work. There is a free final brochure for this project, which you can download. It is a non-commercial project.

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There are almost 120 pages with over 10 exciting articles on agile work. The articles are from experts from Ver.di, T-Systems and renowned universities such as FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg. The topics are agile scaling project work, leadership for good work, models of agile work and a self-check as well as virtual good work.

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In the following I can summarize some aspects of the project. For more information, see the brochure read. Scrum and agile project work is becoming more and more popular outside of software development. Teams with a higher level of self-organization work faster and more flexibly, but psychological stress and intensification and extensification of work are not less.

The research consisted of quantitative surveys, qualitative employee, manager and expert interviews, observations and workshops. Recommendations for action are derived on how agile work can be meaningfully successful in companies.

With regard to the implementation of agile work, the study shows that a sustainable pace, at which work progress is based on a realistic average load, is a central component. In particular, the study looks at the pace of work and overtime. The study says: “The planning for the sprint must not be changed by external interventions, for example by managers or customers. Disruptions are the main causes of increased work intensity and overtime. “

Furthermore, recommendations should be given as to which good agile project work can support. The study developed tools and design measures for this purpose. It turns out that the introduction of Scrum does not automatically represent the implementation of good agile work. The study says: “An inadequate qualification and half-hearted design of the methods lead to stress instead of realizing the potential for the employees.” The study also debates communication and the use of digital technologies.

Recommended extension: self-check Good agile project work

The research project also offers a self-check. Here the question is addressed: What exactly defines good agile project work and what starting points are there? For this purpose, the project identified 7 criteria, which are checked through questions. You will then receive an overview of the quality of your agile project work.

You can do a self-check here

Conclusion

I think the study gives a lot of exciting information, which I can understand from my research and my work life. I notice that the authors put a lot of work into the research. It really turned out to be a very nice and non-commercial study that you can download for free.

Download the final brochure


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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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