The team I was working with had a “great problem” – more work than we could deliver. However this success brought mixed blessings as the strain of growing so quickly was starting to show. We had a backlog of work, process issues, resourcing and quality issues and a lot of knowledge residing with one or two of the original start,up team who were now single points of failure.
The innovative, “can do” attitude of the start,up company was still there but we were having growing pains. We knew that what we were experiencing in our market (Australia) would eventually be seen in our USA market if we didn’t find a solution to our growing pains.
We looked to Lean and Agile as a multidisciplinary approach to achieving an effective product strategy, development and delivery capability that could be scaled to the whole organization.
As a result of our optimization for lean delivery we had an empowered team, improved quality, know velocity and capacity and an organization that is learning to deal with changes and project complexity. In the short term we achieved greater transparency of projects, increased collaboration and knowledge sharing across teams and the team now had a better understanding of the “what” and definition of done and a process to handle unknowns and respond to changes. Projects are now managed in programs of work and we now have a product and service delivery roadmap to ensure enterprise aims for product development are linked to implementation strategy and delivery.