Wirecard CEE Insights: Agile Working

What is it, and why do we use it?

The concept of agile work methods is fairly well known. At Wirecard CEE, the developer teams use Scrum – here is a small look at this methodology and its benefits.

The word “agile” describes the advantages of this approach to working. Agile methods make it possible to react flexibly and to work efficiently. A Scrum team comprises a Master, a Product Owner and 4-6 developers.

The individual teams work in sprints – these are segments of time at the team’s disposal for completing certain tasks. Sprints are usually timeboxed to 2 weeks and begin with the Sprint Planning. The planning defines the tasks that are to be completed during the sprint. An effort is made to structure every task into a work package that takes a maximum of 2 days to be developed. As soon as a work package is completed, it is presented to the Product Owner who acts as a sort of project manager. In addition to the defined tasks, every sprint also includes time for unplanned tasks, staff absences and similar things. 

At the end of each sprint, there is a Sprint Review and then a retrospective which is led by the Scrum Master. The Sprint Review includes the presentation of the finished sprint results by the team. Every team member can report his or her successfully completed tasks. This process is extremely important for motivating and engaging employees. The retrospective discusses the team work. The Scrum Master must determine how things went for the individual team members, where there were problems, and which processes need to be optimized so that the team can work well.


4 reasons for agile working


  1. Flexibility

The constant communication when working agilely allows exactly the product most valuable for the customer to be developed. This is because the requirements set at the beginning are allowed to change over time. 

  1. The focus is always on the customer

What is needed? How can we achieve that? What priority does this task have? These are the type of questions that the Product Owner asks in the Scrum process. The customer’s requests and suggestions can be allowed to flow into the process.

  1. Better results in less time

One of the success factors is communication. Every day the upcoming tasks are discussed by the team members (the Daily). The team members check their results with each other as well. In this way, optimal results emerge within the shortest amount of time.

  1. Employee motivation

Realistic planning means that after almost every sprint, there remains a sense of achievement. The team members can also work independently and thus identify more strongly with the tasks they were assigned. The results and benefits are directly apparent and publicly presented.