Agility: How SMEs can benefit from agile methods By Wolfram Müller

Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are currently exposed to a lot of pressure to conform. Competitiveness is growing, rival firms are snapping at their heels – everything needs to be quicker and cheaper. To be able to survive and even grow under these circumstances, organisations need to stay one step ahead of the competition, and new innovations and products need to be ready for the market more quickly. When the demands of the marketplace change, the key is to be flexible and react quickly. Many SMEs are therefore jumping on the agility bandwagon – and often ending up crushed under its wheels.

Particularly in Europe, SMEs are now concentrating particularly on agile methods. Originating from software engineering, agile management has come to prominence remarkably quickly.

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