Agile Forms of Working

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Also larger and established organizations increasingly strive for agile forms of working, like they are often given in startups and small companies from the very beginning. In this way, organizations can use "swarm intelligence" of smaller units to deal with uncertainties and changing requirements in a more coordinated way. For the innovation sector, agile forms of working offer opportunities for open and inclusive collaboration if they include diversity aspects in its use.


The approach originally emerged in software development. Today, however, agile methods seek to benefit from flexible and efficient collaboration in various industries and administrative areas.

Flat hierarchies usually accompany agile forms of working. Closely associated with this is also a more even distribution of responsibility and the promotion of personal initiative. The traditional functional structure thus gives way to more varying forms of organization, in which different people assume predefined roles in the team but may be quickly replaced if necessary. Standardized documentation of individual tasks, accessible to all, ensures process transparency.