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Agile in the waterfall

Companies continually face the challenge of developing new and innovative business and service models.

Often they follow the motto: Those who want to continue developing have to change. Agility is the keyword. But do the existing structures and processes really stand in the way of the desired, ongoing development? Do approaches, which worked reliably in the past, need to be changed in a revolutionary manner in order to be flexible?

It cannot be constructive to scare or even lose employees and project participants with massive changes. The goal here should be to achieve flexibility where it's needed. So things that are currently working well do not necessarily have to be given up. "Completely" should be added to "Never Change a Winning Team" here, which turns this well-known phrase into a whole new concept. Agility means reacting to customer requirements on time and in an appropriate manner. In this age of digitisation, Industry 4.0 and IoT, this represents a real challenge.

Planning certainty and agility

We have combined the benefits of the waterfall model with Scrum methods in a new way to create a customised solution, which combines the best aspects of traditional project management and agile methods.

EXXETA Raft is a model, which can be used to move within a continuously changing environment in an agile yet secure and versatile manner. Agile methods are not deployed disruptively, but instead introduced without giving up the existing business processes. You navigate with Raft through waterfall projects with the help of four "paddles". Topics such as risk management, requirements engineering and release planning can thus be integrated into your agile processes. Approval, iteration planning and quality assurance represent fixed components that ensure a high-quality, target-oriented result. Directional adjustments can thus be planned iteratively with shorter intervals and implemented more flexibly.

Our expertise

EXXETA is your partner for the introduction of agile methods and their implementation in your individual projects. Our experts for methods, innovation and coaching can help you to exploit the full potential from your agile projects and also provide training for your employees in this regard.

The operationalisation of ideas up until they reach market maturity is a critical factor in digital transformation. Design thinking, technology assessments, Industry 4.0, agile project management methods and innovation strategies represent key aspects of today's innovation policies. EXXETA combines expertise and experience when it comes to methodology-, IT- and management consulting. We would be happy to help your company become more innovative and agile.

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Martin Seyfarth


+49 162 437 34 50