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5 May 2017 / 5:07

Management 4.0 – Handbook for Agile Practices

A recently released Handbook is worth mentioning on this Blog, because it addresses a topic, which is a „hot topic“ in the world of projects, and the way it was developed is even more remarkable. But one after the other. Nowadays, all conferences, publications and seminars need to address the topic of „Agility, Agile or Agile (Project) Management”, otherwise they are labeled “old fashioned” or even “obsolete”. In my blogpost “Agile Project Management Demystified” I have argued that agile approaches complement well what is already out there in order to manage projects. It is a continuation of the evolutionary development of project managing, depending on the type of the project and the context we are working in.

The Handbook of Agile Practices, or simply “Management 4.0” edited by Dr. Alfred Oswald and Wolfram Müller, is written for anyone who is interested in agility or needs to be agile. It is for those who seek deeper knowledge about what keeps the agile world together. The handbook can be read from the perspective of a top manager or decision maker who feels the urge to be more agile. But it can also be taken and just followed from the perspective of a user. Management 4.0 provides a systemic picture of agility – to enable you to analyze your system (your team, your department, your company or your business network) and identify fields of agile application and the specific need for agility. It provides the ingredients of an agile mind-set and allows you to transform your organization and develop an agile culture for your organization. In addition, it lays the theoretical foundation of agile principles – so that you can really understand and assess the value of all the expert ideas for you and your organization. You will get the necessary skills to tailor organization specific agile frameworks without losing essential ingredients. Last but not least, the handbook provides insights into some practical cases, e.g. an agile transformation and scaling agile by using Critical Chain Project Management (CCPM).

Management 4.0 also demonstrates a new form of collaboration. Initiated by one of the Special Interest Groups of GPM German Project Management Association the handbook was written by various experts with academic, practice, social and technical background, using the open PM platform which allowed for an agile exchange with the community. First concepts were defined by the Special Interest Group, advanced through the exchange and the first release of the handbook is not the end of the collaboration. A backlog contains topics such as “Potentials of Management 4.0”, “Theory of Constraints Methods” and a “Quick Check Agility Readiness”. In case you are interested to contribute, approach the editors via [email protected].

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Reinhard Wagner

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Reinhard Wagner has been active for more than 30 years in the field of project- related leadership, in such diverse sectors as Air Defense, Automotive Engineering, and Machinery, as well as various not-for-profit organizations. As a Certified Projects Director (IPMA Level A), he has proven experience in managing projects, programmes and project portfolios in complex and dynamic contexts. He is also an IPMA Certified Programme and Portfolio Management Consultant, and as such supports senior executives in developing and improving their organizational competence in managing projects. For more than 15 years, he has been actively involved in the development of project, programme and portfolio management standards, for example as Convenor of the ISO 21500 “Guidance on Project Management” and the ISO 21503 “Guidance on Programme Management”. Reinhard Wagner is Past President of IPMA and Chairman of the Council, Honorary Chairman of GPM (the German Project Management Association), as well as Managing Director of Tiba Managementberatung GmbH.