Agile working
Agile working

Agile working

Everything in motion – office environments for enhanced agility

The current transformation from an industrial to a network-based economy is forcing companies to abandon old hierarchies and restructure their entire organisations. This change is also having an impact on the working environment. In the face of ever-accelerating change, complex market environments in almost all sectors and increased pressure to innovate, agility is a prerequisite for future success in business.

New forms of organisation and working methods such as Design Thinking and Scrum are deployed to reduce development times and satisfy customer needs. Agile teams work on complex tasks and reorganise their working environment. Increasingly, fixed structures, formal hierarchies and traditional departments are being replaced by dynamic networks where the skills and needs of each individual employee are recognised.

Agile teams take their work environment into their own hands and organise it as necessitated by their work.  However, this requires the tools and spaces that promote exactly this type of project work and new flexibility. Innovation labs and creative spaces create the right working environment, because just like your employees, working environments need to be creative, flexible and adaptable.

Agile teams need as much freedom as possible to achieve their objectives – the same is true for the design of the working environment. Agile working means largely doing away with centrally defined standards and processes – spaces should be designed in such a way that users can easily modify them to meet their current needs and requirements and adapt them to suit the task in hand.

A workshop atmosphere and analogue visualisations are conducive to the creative process. Teams communicate as peers. Agility does not require hierarchies. Interaction between those taking part involves frequent changes of role (moderator, listener, person providing input). Spaces and tools should support the creative process and the change of roles, promote team spirit and facilitate a change of perspective.