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Team Wikispeed: Developing Hardware the Software Way - HBR Case Study

Our wikispeed friends have written up and published a case study with the Harvard Business Review. While there is a small fee for access, it's worth it for anyone interested in Agile Engineering. To read the abstract and to order copies visit the HBR here:

Agile in "Classical" Marketing Teams: Short and Mid-Term Benefits

Some of you may have already seen some of my presentations about agile marketing ( and may have thought “well it's fine, but only applicable to young e-commerce oriented companies, with a small historical background”. The fact is, I have had the opportunity to help these two, very different, marketing teams by applying agile methods and culture. What is remarkable is the similarity of the results and their evolution.

Intland – Building an Agile Marketing Team

Headquartered in Germany, Intland develops an Application Lifecycle Management product for the software industry, known as codeBeamer. codeBeamer supports the complete software development lifecycle from demand, requirements, development, to test management. As a commercial ALM tool, codeBeamer is used worldwide particularly in Germany and the US, across multiple industries. It is also available on Javaforge, free of charge for open-source projects.

Exilesoft - Do you dare to ask your HR manager to practise Kanban?

In 2008, in order to overcome specific offshore challenges, and to improve its quality and productivity, Exilesoft undertook an Agile transformation programme within its project office and delivery teams. While this was highly successful, the rapid change from traditional project culture to Agile culture, as well as the speedy growth of the project organisation, supporting functions, such as HR and operations, were unable to meet the demands of the delivery teams. In response, HR department processes became stricter, in order to cope with the situation and continue to deliver results.

A Quick Agile Business Management Transformation

or how to setup a service delivery organisation for future success

Transforming an organisation, or a department within an organisation, is usually a complex affair. However, it doesn't have to be.

Suncorp – Agile and Internal Audit!

The Suncorp Group provides general insurance, banking, life insurance, superannuation and investment services, across Australia and New Zealand. Within the Group, the Internal Audit Department assists Suncorp’s Board, and Management achieve their objectives by independently evaluating and reporting on the effectiveness of risk management, controls and governance processes. Internal Audit engages with all levels and areas across the Group, and is accountable to the Suncorp Board.

WIKISPEED – Applying Agile software principles and practices for fast automotive development!

This case study describes how a distributed, collaborative team of volunteers, spread around the world, is creating, on a shoestring budget, a model for how to design and manufacture a highly efficient automobile. WIKISPEED is doing this by borrowing, and evolving, concepts from a variety of sources, such as Agile and lean software development, and continuing to evolve them in order to fit the context of automobile research, design and production.

New Zealand Post Group – An Agile Executive!

NZPG, like many businesses after the global financial crisis, undertook a business review, and identified that there were a number of missed opportunities to respond to customer and market trends. It was realised that these opportunities would continue to be missed while the organisation was ‘stuck’ in old modes of operation.

IT Branch, City of Edmonton - Building an Agile Organisation!

In 2008, the IT Branch received feedback from City staff and business leaders that they were not meeting service delivery expectations. To address these issues, and the related underlying causes, an enhanced, and sustainable, service delivery model was created. This model of service delivery, leadership and engagement was built around the following principles; listen, support, encourage and, most of all, deliver.

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