Agile case studies

Case #1  Large multinational product company with distributed development,involved in developing medical software product

The organization grew through acquisitions and plagued by informal groups with diverse cultures within the same organization. The organization has decided to adopt agile (scrum) as a strategy to bring in a common culture. There was a global scrum roll out champion located at Germany and they had consultants for every geography. I was their India consultant. Our strategy was to transition a hundred member team to agile and show case the results.

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Case#2  Large multinational product company with distributed development involved in systems software development 

In this organization a particular product group comprising of 100+ engineers worked on a product for a couple of years and then the product got scrapped resulting in huge loss to the company. They wanted to adopt a framework which will allow them to fail fast, and not in the last minute. This ability to fail fast would have helped them to save lot of money. All the engineers were trained on scrum and then supported them during their implementation phase.

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Case#3  A large multinational bank 

Because their competitors were more agile, their turnaround time for new features was much shorter than my client’s cycle time. They wanted to speed up their feature turnaround time, and scrum was the recommendation. I was one of their coaches.

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Case#4  A start up company with distributed teams with a payment processing product

They got a very big order from a major client, and their product could not scale. For this reason they wanted to bring in more transparency and predictability into their process and scrum was the way. Midway through the assignment, they got entangled in more product related issues. Even though scrum was highlighting the organizational deficiencies, organization was not willing to listen.

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Case#5  A start up involved in web application development who wanted to formalize their project management processes

A 100+ member organization where everything was happening adhoc wanted to formalize their processes. I recommended scrum. Implemented well. Perfect scrum happened for a while and then became customized scrum. Because of the transparency and the predictability provided by scrum, their customer satisfaction improved, resulting in repeat orders.

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Case#6  A company who was outsourcing part of their product development work to India wanting to improve their cycle time and quality. 

Started by training the team, and then worked along with them for implementation

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Case #7  A start up product company who has several orders for their product and struggling with product quality and predictability. Currently I am working on this assignment. Adopting a multi-pronged strategy comprising of;

  • Awareness building through training
  • Value stream mapping of features along with business analysts to improve user experience and faster ROI
  • Agile tool implementation
  • Working with technology teams to embrace frameworks which are conducive for agile way of working