Leading financial institution
Move from Waterfall to Agile Development Methodology
Our client, a leading financial institution, decided in 2013 to move from a Waterfall development methodology to Agile. They had been experiencing struggles completing software projects and getting their software in the hands of users promptly due to issues with their existing methodology. Additionally, the finalization of software was so ill-timed that it led to out-of-date software immediately upon release.
They needed to be able to bring releases of software to market iteratively in order to capitalize on the effectiveness of the software. They needed higher accountability, greater user acceptance and greater efficacy of the software provided. However, very little of their existing team had the knowledge required to adopt Agile quickly. They were going to need to train their entire team of project managers, business analysts, systems analysts, and software development.
As a tenured vendor, we took a proactive approach to the client’s problem. We created a plan to provide formal training of existing consultants while management was being trained independently. The training required consultants to gain Agile expertise and be up-to-speed on the needs and changes of using Agile in the development process. All consultants were encouraged to take advantage of the “no cost” training.
Working with the client, we scoped the overall needs of the training and ensured a fit with their needs. The program was configured to get the team functioning quickly and capitalizing on the benefits that Agile brings.
Our Agile Scrum Master conducted a multi-day training and follow up program with consultants for ongoing client benefit and growth of the program. The client has stated continually how impressed they were that we took a leadership role in the process. This effort was a significant investment and effort on Whitridge’s part, but our commitment to the client’s success was unwavering. The iterative nature of Agile allowed the client to produce their software efficiently and delivered measurable improvement in results.
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