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Agile Transformation

Deliver iterative business value while remaining flexible and responsive

What We Face

The Challenge

Implementing Agile without sufficient impetus minimizes returns.

With the pressure to accelerate speed-to-market, and changing market conditions, “Agile” has become a common buzzword. But while “going Agile” piques leaders’ interest, few understand what it means to become an Agile organization.

The concepts of Agile are often framed as easy to understand, but difficult for many organizations to master. There is no silver bullet for making the shift to Agile — it requires applying a set of principles and practices that transform company cultures, team structures, business processes, and governance approaches. It requires adopting new ways of thinking and working together to achieve results. This can be difficult for companies rooted in legacy thinking, where employees are hesitant to pivot their approaches and embrace changes to traditional processes and procedures.

As such, many leaders face resistance as they seek to eradicate functional silos and opt for dedicated cross-functional teams. Without proper leadership, communication, and training, employees can feel blindsided by new operating models and reporting structures. Rather than support the Agile transformation, they quickly fall back on old thinking patterns and behavior, turning the adoption of Agile into an uphill battle.

A true Agile transformation requires patience, structural redesign, and a careful ushering of culture to ensure that all team members are invested in the success of the transformation. When executed correctly, an Agile transformation elevates productivity rates, optimizes the use of time and resources, cuts on overhead and other expenses, and bolsters organization-wide efficiency and adaptability.

CASE STUDY

Medical Device Manufacturer

When failure to generate alignment around resource management, internal operating procedures, and core decision making resulted in extensive product delays and cycle times, a major medical device manufacturer turned to SEI. Leveraging an Agile framework, SEI designed, implemented, and scaled a robust rollout of Scrum that allowed this organization to exceed their business goals.

How We Work

Our Approach

Utilize a tailored strategy to meet unique business objectives.

At SEI, we understand that no two organizations’ Agile transformations will look the same. That’s why we work on-the-ground with companies to identify the existing cultural beliefs, business processes, and organizational structures that stand to impede widespread adoption of Agile best practices.

With a deep understanding of our clients’ current frameworks and cultural mindsets, we build pragmatic and actionable maturity roadmaps, establish Agile coaching programs, and launch change management initiatives designed to generate buy-in and turn employees into dedicated change advocates. From planning through execution, we work with our clients every step of the way to establish and scale solid Agile approaches.

By incorporating frameworks like Scrum, Kanban, SAFe, and others, we establish and execute robust strategies tailored to each individual organization. Working hand-in-hand with stakeholders at every level, we ensure the appropriate structures are in place to support planning, implementing, and measuring Agile programs to ensure core KPIs aren’t just achieved — they’re surpassed.

CASE STUDY

Retail Organization

Faced with a disorganized team structure that failed to deliver features effectively and efficiently, a leading digital retail organization sought the support of a team that could deliver a product-centric approach in under 18 months. SEI quickly got to work, implementing an Agile approach that led to organizational transformation.

How clients Win

The Results

Provide immediate value while propelling long-term goals.

Whether the goal is to accelerate speed-to-market, react to changing market conditions, or efficiently scale operations, we have the skills and experience to lead any Agile transformation. At SEI, we’ve worked with medical device companies to reduce cycle times by 15-20%, partnered with innovation hubs to curtail rework by more than 80%, and collaborated with digital retail organizations to implement product-centric approaches at speed using Agile delivery.

Leveraging Agile frameworks, SEI has helped these organizations and countless others increase employee engagement, foster collaboration and unity among disjointed teams, and align strategic goals with daily priorities to achieve greater business value. Put simply, an effective Agile transformation elevates productivity rates, optimizes the use of time and resources, cuts on overhead and other expenses, bolsters operational efficiencies, and propels critical KPIs.

CASE STUDY

Legal Technology Provider

Project management uncertainties, friction between departments, and low morale had resulted in a 75% development rework rate for the innovation hub of a leading legal technology provider. With the support of the President and VP, SEI implemented an Agile framework and integrated innovative techniques, such as rapid prototyping, to significantly improve their time to market.