This Week in Agility Research: Nov. 5, 2015

Here are a few items of new agility-related research that popped up on our radar this week. 

Agile PM and BIM: A hybrid scheduling approach for a technological construction project
By: Radan Tomek and Sergey Kalinichuk

The phases of any project determine the longevity and success of the outcome, particularly in dealing with construction. The duration in some construction plans is amplified with complex designs that are often discovered well into the project. By pairing Agile Project Management with Building Information Modeling, engineering endeavors can facilitate more economic approaches to construction. This collaborative approach allows better coordination within project phases, reduces cost, and amplifies quality.  

Evolving Enterprise Architectures for Digital Transformations
By: Alfred Zimmermann and Rainer Schmidt
Sustainability in a changing climate requires businesses to stay abreast key changes in society, the economy, and especially that of technology. IT arenas are a leader in the agile concepts for adaptability and progressive transformation. One arena that has taken the modeling of agility business practices from IT is that of architectural enterprises. This research examines the application of agile technology for successful integrative architecture systems.  

The Impact of Money Supply Volatility on the Fisher Effect - A Botswana Empirical Perspective
By: Bosupeng Mpho and Biza-Khupe Simangaliso

Using the VUCA acronym, volatility was searched in recent literature. Every business operates in a volatile market that must be monitored for financial sustainment and prosperity. This article examines a concept known as the Fisher Effect, concerning money supply and inflation. The hypothesis are tested and results indicate are interestingly contradictory to previous findings, where there is no long term relationship between the amount of money in a given market and inflation rates. For businesses, an economic look at financials will help to create an agile environment in preparation for volatile uncertainty. 

Understanding the Impact of Business Complexity on Executive Management Characteristics and Firm Performance
By: Pamela Queen and Olukemi Fasipe

Senior executives within a business have a significant amount of influence over organizational success or failure, necessitating strong leadership abilities and skills. With complex business environments that are oftentimes ambiguous turbulent, unified, capable management teams can serve as competitive leverage in an uncertain environment. This article examines the use of agile teams at the executive level and the outcomes for business performance. 

Agile Methods and Organizational Culture: Reflections about Cultural Levels
By: Cristiano Tolfo, Raul Wazlawick, Marcelo Ferreira, and Fernando Forcellini

Agility models and methods are becoming widely researched, providing ample information on the concepts, framework, and components of agile organizations. However, simply having the instructional resources does not necessarily equate to positive integration into one’s organizational culture. The human aspect to agile modeling must be aligned with cultural improvements at every level within a business in order to be successful. These authors provide a framework and the associated interpretations of an agile culture at multiple echelons for better application.  

About Elizabeth Patterson
Elizabeth Patterson likes to swim, bike and run really long distances as fast as possible. An Ironman triathlete and strategic planning officer in the U.S. Army National Guard, she continually tests her own agility while managing projects, improving processes and implementing Lean Six Sigma. A certified Project Management Professional, she holds a master’s degree in industrial/organizational psychology and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in the field.  Learn more about Elizabeth.