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An organization needs to carry out different types of projects. The projects can vary considerably in content and complexity.

HERMES has different scenarios that take into account the diversity of projects. A scenario is designed for projects with specific characteristics, e.g. a project for the procurement and integration of a standard IT application, the development of an IT infrastructure, or the development of a service or product.

The scenario models the entire lifecycle of a project. It contains those method elements of HERMES which are of importance for the project in question. This makes HERMES quick and easy to use.

Scenarios consist of modules which combine tasks and outcomes belonging to the same topic area. Together, several modules form a scenario.

HERMES has a number of standard scenarios. HERMES users are able to adapt these standard scenarios to the needs of their organization. However, they can also create additional, individual scenarios.


The project manager can use a scenario when planning a new project. He or she visits HERMES Online and chooses a suitable scenario, which he or she then adapts to the project at hand. The project manager then generates a project breakdown structure as well as the relevant document templates and checklists.

The chapter "User Information" describes the process of designing projects on the basis of scenarios in more detail.

Standard Scenarios

HERMES offers standard scenarios for projects with different characteristics.

The following standard scenarios are available online:



Customized IT Application

Develop an IT application that meets the specific needs of a department and integrate it into the technical and organizational infrastructure

Customized IT Application (Agile)

Customized IT Application scenario using agile development techniques

Standard IT Application

Procure an existing IT application and integrate it into the technical and organizational infrastructure

IT Application Upgrade

Upgrade an existing IT application

IT Infrastructure

Expand an existing IT infrastructure without adapting business and support processes


  • Expanding a server farm
  • Expanding an IT network


Providing a service or a product that meets specific needs


  • Organizing a large event
  • Developing a method or a standard
  • Procuring and deploying a SaaS (software as a service/cloud) solution, without integration into the technical infrastructure

Service/Product (Agile)

Service/Product scenario using agile development techniques

Organizational Adjustments

Adapting the organizational structure and processes of an organizational unit


  • A move to a new location or adapting/creating an organization
  • A merger of two or more organizations
  • Outsourcing of services to a service center

Two standard scenarios are described in detail in the Reference Manual:

  • Service/Product
  • Customized IT Application

Individual Scenarios

There is a possibility of adapting an existing scenario online or of creating a new, individual scenario. To do this, there are three basic options available, which can also be used in combination:

  1. Remove modules from a scenario:

    Unnecessary modules are deleted. (Example: Deactivating the Procurement module in a scenario with a Procurement module).

  2. Remove tasks and outcomes:

    The content of a module can be reduced. Individual tasks and outcomes can be deleted.

  3. Integrate an additional module needed in a specific context:

    A new module with a specific content is created and integrated into the scenario.

These options enable users to model additional, individual scenarios, and scenarios that meet the specific needs of an organization.

Individual scenarios can be made officially available to other HERMES users by submitting them to eCH (e-Government Standards) for validation. Visit the HERMES website for details.