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HOW AN AGILE ASSESSMENT GUIDED AN EFFECTIVE AGILE TRANSFORMATION 
AT A LEADING ONLINE BETTING COMPANY

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Executive Summary

A prominent company in the betting industry was grappling with significant challenges related to operational efficiency and responsiveness to market changes. Agile Genesis was enlisted to partner on an Agile transformation initiative, beginning with a comprehensive, digitally enabled assessment that would uncover underlying issues not previously recognized by the organization’s leadership.

Digital Assessment and Discovery of Root Causes

The transformation journey began with an extensive assessment facilitated by an online platform, allowing easy distribution and participation across various organizational roles. This digital approach was critical in ensuring broad involvement and enabled the organization to track responses in real time, perform detailed analyses, and validate findings with other members involved in the transformation initiative. The assessment examined workflows, team dynamics, product management practices, and leadership engagement. The discoveries significantly boosted leadership buy-in, as it revealed major impediments that, if unaddressed, threatened the organization's ability to release products during critical business periods.

Key Discoveries
 

  • Misalignment Within Teams: There was a significant misalignment within the Scrum teams concerning Agile practices, resulting in inconsistent delivery speeds and quality.

  • Role Confusion in Product Management: Product Owners and managers were found to lack clear roles and responsibilities, leading to confusion over ownership and priorities.

  • Stakeholder Engagement Deficits: There was a significant gap in stakeholder engagement, resulting in delayed feedback and products that did not fully meet market needs.

  • Low Leadership Support: Leadership had limited understanding of their role in fostering and sustaining Agile practices.
     

Customized Agile Transformation Strategy

Informed by the insights from the initial digital assessment, Agile Genesis developed a targeted transformation strategy, incorporating tailored training, coaching, and governance frameworks.

Training

  1. Tailored Agile Training: A specialized training curriculum was designed to address the specific challenges identified, ensuring all team members shared a common understanding of Agile principles.

  2. Ongoing Learning Sessions: Recurring brownbag sessions were set up to promote continuous learning and adaptation, creating a platform for sharing experiences and challenges.

  3. Product Owner Empowerment: Specialized training sessions were provided for Product Owners, focusing on strategic backlog management and effective stakeholder communication.
     

Execution

  • Continuous Coaching: Agile coaches were assigned to teams to guide the practical application of Agile ceremonies and ensure adherence to Agile practices.

  • Standards Practices: A governance framework was established, defining clear criteria for project readiness and completion (Definitions of Ready and Done) to standardize expectations across teams.

Impact Measurement and Quantifiable Benefits

The transformation's effectiveness was continuously measured against predefined key metrics embedded in the online assessment platform. This approach allowed for the empirical evaluation of progress and facilitated adjustments based on data-driven insights.

Quantifiable Outcomes
 

  • Operational Efficiency: Post-transformation, the company recorded a reduction in cycle times for major projects, directly attributable to more efficient Agile practices.

  • Stakeholder Satisfaction: There was an increase in positive stakeholder feedback, reflecting higher engagement and better alignment with end-user needs.

  • Cultural Transformation: The adoption of an Agile mindset became more prevalent across the organization, with a measurable increase in employee satisfaction and team collaboration metrics.

 

Summary

The comprehensive assessment was instrumental in revealing critical root cause issues and enabled a data-driven approach to customizing the Agile transformation strategy at the company. The quantifiable benefits realized from the transformation underscored the effectiveness of setting clear, empirically trackable goals. This case study exemplifies how digital tools can enhance the assessment phase of Agile transformations and provide a solid foundation for implementing substantial and sustainable organizational changes. The leadership's newfound understanding and support further catalyzed the successful adoption of Agile practices, setting the stage for continued improvement and alignment.

HOW AN AGILE ASSESSMENT GUIDED AN EFFECTIVE AGILE TRANSFORMATION 
AT A LEADING ONLINE BETTING COMPANY

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