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Building trust during agile projects

Agile leadership is one of the hot topics right now. To keep up with increased project speed, trust is essential. Especially when two parties that are not familiar with each other, e.g. service provider, manufacturer and customer, it is essential that all parties earn each other’s trust.

It starts with a clear understanding of tasks, goals and competencies on both sides. Being able to empathize, excellent communication and problem-solving skills are equally important to negotiate between different corporate cultures. Not every company has already implemented agile leadership. Employees must be introduced to the methodology step by step. Agile ways of working are the opposite of laissez faire. An overall milestone plan is helpful to make transparent to each project member which tasks and steps have to be taken next. At the end of the day, however, trust itself is a competency that needs to be learned and developed. Even if one trusts others and surrenders control, the world will keep turning and one will be able to keep up with its speed.