31.07.2019

WE.DO.AGILE.

The world and its challenges are becoming more complex. The successful mastering of the current upheaval demands a lot. First of all it is about the realization that in complexity not all elements and steps can be recognized in advance or even planned. Once one has gained this insight, reflex-like questions arise. Which models of work and cooperation make sense? How can new structures, projects and products be developed? Nothing runs linearly and rigidly in complex areas. Even the smallest ramifications of organizational structures will be almost unpredictable. Companies such as Spotify, SAP, Adidas, Mercedes, Amazon, Apple or Allianz Versicherung have demonstrated how they can be dynamic and successful with agile structures. They demonstrated how complex projects were brought to market at almost unbelievable speed and are now constantly being further developed and improved.

In agile companies, cooperation is seen less as a hierarchical model. It's not about the "most stripes on the shoulder." Mere authority no longer decides. Instead, interdisciplinary teams are formed that work together independently, transparently and iteratively. Ultimately they have only one goal: to develop a functional, best possible product within a set timeframe.

Many of our clients - also outside the software and IT sector - have converted their complex work processes to agile methods. Even large banks such as ING or Commerzbank are w or are becoming agile.

To put it simply, agility means that processes are primarily controlled empirically. This means developing products transparently, checking the work at short intervals and adapting it to the respective test result. This iterative work process minimizes risks because undesirable deviations can be detected early on and necessary adjustments made. For this reason, agile structures and teams work together in a more focused, open and courageous way.

Schalast also becomes agile in complex areas.

1. Our agile teams work with each other and with the client with the greatest possible transparency. This enables us to develop the best possible products together in optimal periods of time. Schalast ensures that the developed products function legally and that the economic goals of our clients are implemented as fully as possible. In concrete terms, a project is first structured together with our client into the individual steps required from a legal point of view. These individual steps are then put in a meaningful sequence together with the client. The goal is often to design a functional structure and documentation as quickly as possible. This enables the client to already enter the market - for example, for initial live tests limited to a specific location or target group.

Additional product features can then be jointly developed in later phases. The results of the live tests are used as an additional source of information. The client specifies which product features are to be structured and incorporated into the documentation, when and how.

Apart from agile work processes, Schalast has implemented two different software tools (Jira and Trello). In this way, we can permanently optimise the cross-team cooperation both internally and externally with our clients - as well as their customers and partners.

2. We are always ready to integrate ourselves into the agile teams of our clients and their clients and partners. We have created the necessary IT interfaces.

Our first agile practice group is the Banking & Finance team. Our partners Alexander Gebhard, Dr. Roland Arlt, Philippe Woesch, Dr. Jan Ludwig and Dr. Andreas Walter are looking forward to the future challenges especially in complex mandates. "The more complex the projects, the more fun we have and the closer we want to cooperate with our clients. This enables us to achieve the best possible goals with our clients in the shortest possible time," says Dr. Andreas Walter, Head of our Banking & Finance Practice Group and himself a Certified Scrum Master.

Our practice groups IP, Media & Technology and Corporate/M&A are making final preparations to become agile. Our affiliated firm, Legal Project and LegalTech provider Clarius.legal, already offers agile project management. Further Schalast practice groups will follow for weeks - not at any price and for any client, but where it makes sense: for complex challenges.

Please feel free to contact us at any time with any questions you may have. We are happy to support and advise you, no matter whether it is within the scope of agile projects or in a classic way.