VCW: Tanker or Speedboat? Agile Management in the Chemical Industry.

How to drive the chemical business in the future

14.10.2019 - 15.10.2019, Essen

Tanker or Speedboat? Agile Management in the Chemical Industry

How to drive the chemical business in the future



Conference about Agility in the Chemical Industry

Agility is an important enabler for adapting to the VUCA business world (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous) by driving innovation and change. But what’s new about agile management? Other industry sectors, like Automotive are leading here. What can the Chemical Industry learn from them?

The heart blood of evolution is change. Darwin reminded us what is takes to win in a fast changing environment: ’Not the Big eat the Small, but the Fast eat the Slow.’ The Chemical Industry needs faster and bigger innovations to adapt to the higher pace of change, too. Agility characterizes the mind set and processes which enable integrating holistic process management fast and flexibly with the different shareholders and stakeholders of the change and innovation process.

Customer orientation, faster time-to-market and fail-early are key elements of agile processes and the related organizational changes. They are the answers to the challenges of the new VUCA business world and the accelerating pace of change. Here the Chemical Industry can learn from other industries, e.g. Automotive. Like the discussion of the future of the combustion engine or diesel-gate for Automotive, there are challenges emerging in the Chemical Industry that will require new ways of managing change and innovation e.g. circular economy, renewable materials, plastic waste and many more.


Learn about

  • Agile approaches and process methods like Scrum, XP, Crystal, Kanban etc.;
  • The benefits and issues of becoming more agile;
  • What mindset and organizational structures are needed to succeed;
  • How to start and how to convince the boss;
  • Relevant expertise you know that you do not have;
  • Relevant competences you do not know that you do not have;
  • When not to use agile management processes but stay with well-known and proven methods.


This conference is designed for increasing awareness and better understanding of the new tool box of ‘Agile Management’ with special focus on its use and benefits in day-to-day management. Participants will learn from experts ‘how-to’ and ‘what-for’ utilize the new features. In a bar camp format, they will discuss their insights with colleagues from other organizations and the presenters for gaining further perspective and identifying practical applications.