T-Systems is increasingly switching its processes to agile methods, particularly in IT projects. As a result, the company can achieve the desired results more quickly, in close collaboration with customers. Agile methods now account for some 60 percent of T-Systems projects. Experience has shown, however, that adherence to the agile manifesto alone doesn’t always work. On large projects, in particular, it can make sense to apply conventional methods to certain tasks. This hybrid approach combines the best of both methods for the benefit of the overall project.
Switching to agile mode
Following the classic contract negotiations, the partners have to switch to agile mode. To simplify this step, T-Systems supports the replacement of detailed project specifications with agile product visions. Employees at all levels must deeply internalize the agile idea, to find a common interest base quickly. Constant collaboration with the customer is a key requirement of agile projects. The partners work together to develop detailed project objectives. Mutual trust and understanding between customer and supplier are fundamental.
Fixed price for a variable project scope
Customers from the automotive sector often demand an agile fixed-price model for such projects. Although the price for the overall project is fixed, the exact scope of project activities is not. The contractor can best meet this requirement through conventional reporting and controlling. The integration of these classic tasks in an agile project demands experienced project managers and scrum masters.
Georg Rätker, Vice President Systems Integration Automotive & Manufacturing at T-Systems: „The comprehensive agile training courses for our employees and managers are extremely important. We see this topic holistically, in the sense of agile leadership. We transform the organization’s mindset and apply the new methods soundly and constructively.“
Profitability through standardization and internationalization
To ensure profitable work, T-Systems has developed a reusable framework for an adaptable standard procedure. It combines the benefits from agile and conventional management methods in a hybrid approach based on collaboration on globally distributed teams. With experienced personnel and a strong agile project management community, T-Systems has used agile methods throughout the company for over ten years, proving properly applied, agile methods can help even major projects reach their objectives faster. And in the process, the company goes to great lengths to make entry into the agile world as simple as possible for its customers.
- MEET.DIGITAL.AFTERWORK. Automotive: „Digital Twin“ – T-Systems Leinfelden, February 20, 2018
- 6th Automotive Suppliers Day – Stuttgart, February 27, 2018
- automotiveIT-Kongress – WECC Berlin, March 22, 2018
- Hannover Messe – Hannover, April 23 to 27, 2018