How Agile are Companies in Luxembourg Today?

30 November, 2021

Agile project management is an iterative approach to delivering projects – more commonly technology-based projects – focused on providing continuous releases and taking into consideration customer feedback in order to make perpetual improvements in every iteration.

PMI Luxembourg Chapter and PwC Luxembourg have once again collaborated in 2021 to create the third (3rd) edition of the Agile survey, which, throughout the last six years, has followed Luxembourg companies on their integration of Agile.

As the concept of Agile gains visibility across the European landscape, the scope of the survey has been extended in 2021 to include 17 PMI Chapters across Europe, representing15 countries, in order to benchmark Luxembourg’s level of adoption of Agile against the average progress made in the rest of Europe.

Mr Nassos KARAGEORGIADIS, supported by the Chapter’s Agile Champion Mr Francesco BRUSCELLA, led the project on behalf of PMI Luxembourg Chapter on the European level. This time, a dedicated team of volunteers from the PMI Luxembourg Chapter, comprising by Mrs Lynn COLLES (leader), Mrs Daniela SARMIENTO and Mrs Adriana HIGA was also assembled to work together with PwC Luxembourg on the analysis of collected data and to provide guidelines on how to proceed with the analysis and the preparation of the final report to all participating PMI Chapters.

Event presentation

The results of the 2021 survey were presented in an event hosted by PwC Luxembourg on Tuesday November 30th, which gathered close to 60 diverse participants representing most of the sectors of the country’s business mosaic, even in the difficult pandemic situation we are experiencing.

According to the findings, understanding of Agile has improved amongst companies in Luxembourg with Agile shifting from the experimental phase to broader adoption. With the technology sector being the main sponsor of Agile implementation, the practice is primarily integrated at an IT project level. Nevertheless, while the shift from the experimental to the broader adoption phase points to a promising further uptake of the Agile practice, organisations in Luxembourg are still being cautious, recognising that there are yet challenges ahead in order to reorganise their strategy and cultural mindset to fully embrace Agile.

Furthermore, the benchmarking exercise highlighted that with the higher percentage of businesses in the experimentation phase and lower percentages in the incorporation phase seen across Europe, Luxembourg companies are further along the adoption curve, now looking into scaling the practice. This is a clear sign of higher innovation in Luxembourg and demonstrates the country’s initiative to adapt to the increasingly competitive and digital business environment. As a result, the practice of Agile is set to play a bigger role in Luxembourg companies in the coming years.

After the presentation of the most significant results of the survey, a panel of experts on the topic, from several Luxembourg organizations and sectors, participated in a vivid and dynamic dialogue, sharing their own experiences in Agile implementation and the transformation journey in their organisations. The exchange continued during a networking cocktail; experiences were shared and connections created.

To learn more and find out the full extent of the survey results, you can download the full report here.