How to successfully transform from classical to agile R&D

The long March of Agile Transformation
Figure 1: The “long march” of agile transformation.

Agile (R)Evolution.

Digitalization and connectivity are causing major disruption in industries around the globe. As a result, more and more companies are adapting agile principles and practices to meet the challenges and CTOs confront tough questions concerning the best way to adopt agility so as to increase R&D performance and create valuable innovation.

Figure 1 shows an agile transformation with its typical ups and downs. To avoid common pitfalls and accelerate an agile transformation, we at 3DSE recommend a stepwise emergent approach that encompasses five major dimensions of R&D: strategy, product, process, organization and culture.

Table 1 maps the relevance of these dimensions to the principles of the manifesto for agile software development *1 and key challenges as well as success factors presented in the

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Thilo Pfletschinger

Dr. Thilo Pfletschinger

Dr. Thilo Pfletschinger was Partner at 3DSE Management Consultants GmbH in Munich. With more than 15 years of experience in R&D consulting he is responsible for the key topic „Optimizing R&D“ as well as the 3DSE practice with the same name. With excellent industry expertise in Automotive, Transportation, Energy, Health Tech, Aerospace & Defence as well as Industrial his core competencies lie in the user-oriented planning and sustainable implementation of innovation and strategy programs as well as organizational and process changes.

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