Organizational Transformations

Fast-track Agility

A Systematic Approach to Accelerating Outcomes

Accelerate time to market, reduce wasted work, and quickly deliver customer value. Apply systems thinking and a framework-agnostic approach on your journey towards an Agile and DevOps Transformation.

THE AGILE TRANSFORMATION AT VALPAK

An Agile Transformation can be a significant challenge for an enterprise IT organization. See how Valpak leveraged AgileThought’s training programs as part of their successful IT agile transformation.

“We have fundamentally changed the way we get work done at Valpak.” 

– Chris Cate, CIO

Iteration Over Planning: The AgileThought Systems-Thinking Approach

It is tempting to think of an organizational transformation as a project with predictable timelines and deliverables. A systems-thinking approach will help you build an iterative and resilient agile transformation system, focusing on outcomes over prescriptive planning. Leading with this transformational approach, we will teach you to iterate quickly and continuously over five core principles:

  • Clarify the goal of the system 
  • Prioritize meaningful work 
  • Identify and empower agile teams  
  • Continuously deliver increments of value  
  • Learn from feedback and improve the system 
The ROI of an Agile Transformation

Learn how to take a more measured approach to increasing efficiencies and reducing waste. Agile adoption is a key step to creating a framework of continuous improvement for your organization.

“The financial impacts of agile practices are difficult to ignore: agile adoption has a 205% advantage in returns when measured against a traditional plan-driven approach.”

EXPERTS IN AGILE AND DEVOPS TRANSFORMATION

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  • Enterprise Coach
  • Agile Coach
  • DevOps Coach
  • Scrum Masters
  • Trainer
  • Agile Program Manager

The Enterprise Coach serves as a trusted business adviser to guide an organization’s transformation.  The coach works directly with senior leadership to identify critical business outcomes and create a strategic roadmap.

Primary activities include:

  • Performs assessments to gauge an organization’s agile maturity
  • Forms and leads the Agile Transformation Team
  • Designs cross-functional value streams
  • Establishes top-level OKRs and aligns them across the organization
  • Serves as a trusted advisor to lead the transformation

The Agile Coach seeks to create empowered, high-performing teams within an organization in order to create an adaptable culture. The coach is a change agent and servant leader who provides professional facilitation, teaching, and mentoring to help organizations to achieve their desired results.

Primary activities include:

  • Executes team lift-offs (working agreements and training)
  • Facilitates the creation of a product backlog
  • Forms cross-functional teams to iteratively deliver work
  • Coaches disciplined agile practices and frameworks
  • Champions the agile mindset and improves team dynamics

The DevOps Coach works with development and operations teams to create a culture of stable deployments, fast feedback loops from production, and increased quality and reliability. The coach instills technical practices of automation like automated testing, CI/CD pipelines, and continuous delivery.

Primary activities include:

  • Establishes a clear value stream from idea to production
  • Automates manual testing and deployment processes
  • Develops fast feedback loops Breaks down traditional development, operations, and infrastructure silos
  • Automates infrastructure areas with Infrastructure as Code and Configuration Management

The Scrum Master works with a Scrum team as a servant leader and facilitator to ensure the team has what it needs to deliver a working increment each Sprint.  The role does not make decisions on behalf of the team, instead spends most of their time observing, listening to, and helping the team to arrive at critical decisions.

Primary activities include:

  • Keeps the team focused on delivering a working increment during Sprints
  • Ensures a predictable cadence for Sprint Events
  • Refines the Product Backlog with the Product Owner Focuses the team continuously on the Sprint Goal
  • Identifies potential impediments that may impact the Sprint to protect the team

The Trainer teaches engaging, interactive classes on topics related to agility. By utilizing “brain-friendly” techniques which emphasize hands-on activities like movement, talking, imagery and writing, the trainer makes our classes a memorable and fun experience for every student.

Primary activities include:

  • Identifies class goals with the client stakeholder
  • Prepares students pre-reading materials
  • Sets up the physical training room or virtual breakout rooms
  • Teaches classes on Agile, Scrum, Kanban, DevOps and Agile Leadership

The Agile Program Manager coordinates the work of interdependent teams across a large, scaled agile program. They role ensures that all teams have the right mix of skills and that the program remains on track to meet all deadlines stays within the approved budget.

Primary activities include:

  • Develops client budgets for team members, tools, and training
  • Tracks the work for all teams in a centralized agile tool
  • Generates reports for program stakeholders
  • Documents and manages risks across the program
  • Manages program dependencies across teams

Solutions to Ignite Your Transformation

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  • AgileIgnite
  • DevOpsIgnite

Kickstart your new agile initiative with a proven methodology. AgileIgnite is a series of guided activities designed to assess your current agile maturity and create a roadmap for short and long-term success. 

Key activities include:

  • Discovery interviews and observations
  • Training classes from our Essentials series
  • Customized workshops to address opportunities from discovery
  • A 90-day agile transformation backlog and proposal

Kickstart your new DevOps initiative with a proven methodology.  DevOpsIgnite is a series of guided activities intended to help you gain valuable insight into your organization's software development maturity and capabilities. 

Key activities include:

  • Discovery interviews, observations, and architecture review
  • Value Stream Mapping workshop to identify workflow from teams to production
  • Proof of concept for a continuous delivery release pipeline or a release dashboard
  • A 90-day DevOps transformation backlog with a proposal for execution of the backlog

CLIENT SUCCESS STORY

Product quality control, variability, and yield are top of mind for pharmaceutical manufacturers as research costs grow and development timelines stretch. Learn how a pharmaceutical company leaned on AgileThought to: