Project management / Frankfurt / 2021

Introduction of a customized project approach at the ARD broadcasting center based on SCRUM


The ARD broadcasting center was faced with the challenge of automatically transporting incoming material to the respective ARD media library in order to be able to publish it there. The necessary adjustments to software components and interfaces had to be made directly in the production system.


For the timely control and monitoring of the software adaptations, sommer + spohr created a customized agile concept based on SCRUM, which was implemented in the project with the support of the software tool Jira. Furthermore, sommer + spohr helped to introduce a test management based on Jira. This is to carry out user-oriented test cases and ensure functioning workflows.


The ARD broadcasting center is now in a position to use the designed procedure as a standard in other projects and to develop it further. The developed user-oriented test cases including the procedure can also be used for any changes to the existing system/infrastructure to check and ensure the considered functionality.   
We brought all parties involved to one table and collected the functional and technical requirements in several workshops. These were then consolidated and prioritized together with the customer’s project team.
With this preliminary work, the customer was able to find the suitable manufacturer and subsequently enter the implementation phase.

Kilian Bachmeier, system administrator at ARD-Sternpunkt and project manager of File2VoD:  

“Thanks to sommer + spohr, we are one step further on the topic of agile methods and Scrum. Through the support, we were able to make a practical transition from the classic project business to an agile approach. Also the implementation of a professional test management was important in the project and will help us in further projects. Working with a helpful and sympathetic team was an enrichment.”