Agile Across Europe
About the Project
A lot has been written about the Agile practice, worldwide as well as in Europe. Agile is more and more discussed as a state of business mind and a methodology for organisations to achieve results in projects and programs faster and more efficiently. As a result, Agile practices are experiencing a growing interest during the last years and many organizations have started to adopt them to take advantage of the benefits that they can offer to them as a whole. Unknown to date, however, is how well Agile is integrated within companies around the world and especially in Europe.

The purpose of this project is to create a common initiative between PMI Chapters in Europe to investigate the degree to which the concept of 'Agile' is embedded in companies around the continent on a regular 2-years interval.

A thorough analysis, at a country stage, can uncover the degree of adoption of Agile, outline the understanding of Agile within the organisations, shed light on the barriers vs facilitators that companies encounter and reveal the practices most commonly used. Moreover, a benchmark between country results can offer greater value and a better understanding of the situation by examining possible differences and similarities concerning Agile implementation between European countries and businesses.

The project also serves as a great opportunity for PMI to produce knowledge-sharing material in Europe since, usually, such initiatives are originating in USA.
Agile definition
Agile is a collection of product development and project management practices, initially aimed for the software domain, based on iterative and incremental progression, where requirements and solutions evolve through collaboration between self-organizing, cross-functional teams. It promotes adaptive planning, evolutionary development and delivery and encourages rapid and flexible response to change.

An Agile Organisation can be defined as one in which the corporate structure, channels, processes, systems, organisation and data are simplified, standardised and aligned in an operating model designed to deliver the strategy and respond efficiently and effectively to market changes.

Project initiation and history
The PMI Luxembourg Chapter, in collaboration with PwC Luxembourg, has launched a first study about the degree to which the concept of 'Agile' was introduced in companies in Luxembourg in 2017. The results of this first attempt were extremely stimulating. They shaped a very vibrant picture of the situation around Agile implementation in Luxembourg's multi-cultural business environment.

Consequently, the Luxembourg Chapter decided to relaunch the survey in 2019 in order to follow-up the findings of the previous study and identify changes. Under this logic, it was recognised as significant to examine possible differences and similarities about the situation concerning Agile in other European countries. As a result, other European Chapters were invited to participate through the ECC platform.

About the project structure and methodology
The project's duration was roughly 6 months from its initiation to the official presentation of findings (from March until September 2019). The PMI Luxembourg Chapter assumed the lead in all three countries while local teams were created by the participated Chapters to run the surveys locally. The PMI Europe Office staff in Brussels also supported the project.

The research used a quantitative methodology based on the questionnaire that was originated by PMI Luxembourg Chapter and used in 2017 (in order to maintain comparability) with limited modifications from lessons learned. The questionnaire comprises of 31 questions exploring four areas of interest regarding Agile: (1) degree of adoption by companies, (2) interpretation and understanding of Agile, (3) methodology of implementation, and (4) evaluation of results and lessons learned. The questionnaire uses simple dichotomous and multiple-choice questions allowing also responses for additional comments.

The survey conducted was voluntary and anonymous.

Each joining Chapter sent invitations for participation to their members' communities in two consecutive waves to increase the probability of responses, allowing also the option of more than one response by a single organisation.

After the collection of responses, the Luxembourg Chapter delivered the anonymous results to each Chapter for local analysis. Besides the single question-by-question analysis, the Luxembourg Chapter proposed a more elaborative cross-tabulation analysis methodology and provided guidelines. Furthermore, the Luxembourg Chapter performed the benchmarking calculations and delivered the results to all Chapters.

Each Chapter exploited the results of the analysis as the basis for a local report, however incorporating the benchmarking results as needed. The publication mean, format and layout was chosen freely by each Chapter.

The Luxembourgish Chapter, given its collaboration with PwC Luxembourg, organised an event to present the findings about Luxembourg and published a printed report that was distributed to the event participants.

The Luxembourg Chapter report is available in pdf format here.
The Poland Chapter report is available in pdf format here.
Participating Chapters
For more information on each chapter's event please click on their logo and you will be taken to their page.
Project Team
Nassos Karageorgiadis
Project Leader
PMI Luxembourg Chapter
Saskia Van Dyck
PMI Luxembourg Chapter
Francesco Bruscella
PMI Luxembourg Chapter
Agnieszka Krogulec
PMI Poland Chapter
Katarzyna Biernatowska
PMI Poland Chapter
Sanja Georgina Stopnik
PMI Croatia Chapter
Jan-HÃ¥var Hansen
PMI European Chapter Collaboration
If you wish to join the project in 2021, please contact the Luxembourg Chapter.

E-mail: communication@pmi.lu
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