Depending on the type of project, using a variety of approaches will help to ultimately find the right method. Alongside traditional project management, these include Design Thinking, the Kanban and the Scrum method. Dr. Stephanie Lambertz is a Scrum Master at Freudenberg Technology Innovation (FTI). Scrum uses insights from the worlds of team sports and IT to drive the speed of innovation in companies. “A culture of error exists in every company, because mistakes happen”, Lambertz observed. “What we actually mean by the term is a positive attitude towards it, and that is decisive.” One guiding principle that Lambertz finds particularly valuable in her teamwork is: “It doesn’t matter what we discover. We believe deeply that everyone has worked to the best of his or her ability based on current knowledge, skills and abilities, available resources and the current situation.”
With the Scrum method, project teams manage complex tasks, often in the IT field, by taking a step-by-step approach. The product is not planned in detail at the beginning of a project, but is developed based on the product vision in regular iterations (sprints) and increments (fully usable product parts), and in close collaboration with the customer. After each sprint, feedback rounds are held with the team and the customer. “In this process, we don’t ask what mistakes we made, but rather what we can do better in the next sprint. It all depends on the perspective.”
In this process, we don’t ask what mistakes we made, but rather what we can do better in the next sprint. It all depends on the perspective.
Dr. Stephanie Lambertz, Scrum Master at Freudenberg Technology Innovation