Agile project management is an iterative approach to delivering projects – more commonly technology-based projects – focused on providing continuous releases and taking customer feedback into account in order to make continuous improvements with every iteration.
As this concept gains visibility across the European landscape, the scope of the survey has been extended to include 15 European countries in order to benchmark Luxembourg’s level of adoption of Agile against the average progress made in the rest of Europe.
60% of companies define Agile as a culture / state of mind. This compares to only 31% that see Agile as a self-controlled project management framework.
57% of companies that have already implemented Agile experienced new modes of collaboration.
Companies in Luxembourg see “culture too rooted in traditional methodologies” as the first barrier to Agile adoption, with “lack of management sponsorship” and “resistance to change” as the second and third.
As of today, 60% of Luxembourg companies identify Agile as a culture or a state of mind, showcasing the recognition given to Agile project management techniques as something inherent to the organisation, rather than a simple methodology followed by employees.
Throughout the years, the concept of Agile has diversified towards definitions such as: “A practice that engages the “customer” in all business activities” and “An iterative software development methodology”, pointing out the variety in the interpretation of the word Agile (which may be dependent on the respondent’s function/role in the organisation).
Reflecting on the expectations that respondents had in 2019 and the actual achievements, we note that the biggest expectation “incorporated within most of the company’s functions” did not materialise. Instead, the second most chosen expectation “integrated practice used mainly in IT projects” was found in the actual results. Moreover, more companies are still in the “early adoption” phase than expected, illustrating the slower-than-anticipated evolution of Agile adoption in Luxembourg.
Nevertheless, compared with 2021 actual data, Luxembourg respondents appear to be optimistic about the adoption of Agile in 2023. With lowered expectations for early and project-level/business area adoption and rising hopes for strategic level adoption, the practice of Agile integration is expected to continue maturing over time.
Presentation - 30 November 2021
Partner, Technology, Industry, Services & Public Sector (IPS) Consulting, PwC Luxembourg
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Director, IT Strategy, PwC Luxembourg
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Joris Van den Bogerd
Manager, PwC Luxembourg
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