A HARDWARE-CENTRIC ORGANIZATION LEARNS TO REALIZE THE VALUE OF ITS SOFTWARE
A leading organization in the Enterprise Asset Intelligence market had two goals: the first was to realize greater value from its software by shifting the mindset that the organization was hardware-centric; the second goal was to decrease time-to-market by increasing the efficiency of its product development teams. Cutter Consortium designed a program comprising three stand-alone engagements to help the organization achieve its goals and to foster widespread adoption of Agile practices.
The first engagement began with an executive overview on Agile product development delivered to the organization’s leaders resulting with buy-in from the executive team. During the second engagement, Cutter’s expert conducted a short readiness assessment designed to (1) understand the state of agile practices currently in place, and (2) get a feel for whether the rest of the organization was ready to adopt agile practices. Based upon the data from the assessment, Cutter developed and executed the third engagement: an Agile transition plan for the organization. Cutter’s expert began working with teams in three different locations — North America, India, and Taiwan — training nearly 1000 staff and partners, including both software and hardware engineers, in what it means to be Agile and how to do Scrum well. They learned technical practices that are now helping them improve quality, and they learned scaling patterns they can now use to build their complex systems. In addition, Cutter delivered specialized agile training sessions to business managers, product managers, and program-level managers, and coached project and program teams to prepare them for adopting agile at the program level.
Outcome: As a result of the significant effort put into getting all software teams (and many hardware teams) through the workshops, most are now practicing agile. Those not yet practicing agile understand what it is and what will be expected of them going forward. At the program level, Agile is now understood and is being rolled out. The organization is achieving its goal of weaving Agile practices into its fabric to increase efficiency and realize the value of its software.