A Global Retailer Seeks to Implement An Agile Framework

The Problem

The benefits of Agile are many: happier teams, increased productivity, and clear progress toward realizing business value. The path to Agile, however, can be a bumpy one when you don’t have all of the critical pieces in place, including experienced leadership able to motivate and organize Agile teams. That’s why the leaders of a global consumer product company, working under a tight existing development schedule, turned to Propeller for help moving a 150-person division to the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), beginning with the launch of six new Agile teams. Propeller helped the organization, which lacked adequate in-house SAFe or Agile capabilities, implement core Agile practices and processes, and identify opportunities to increase adoption of SAFe at the team and leadership levels.

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The Approach

Our team partnered with the company’s product owners to translate existing project work into an organized and prioritized backlog. We then helped the new Agile teams estimate and execute that work in accordance with SAFe principles and practices. Working closely with the client teams, we identified what went well with the rollout (and what didn’t), and helped adjust training, communications, and practices to improve the teams’ overall Agile processes. For subsequent rollouts, we created a sustainable model and environment designed to motivate teams to more effectively organize and execute work.

Services Provided

  • Agile Coaching + Leadership
  • Team Leadership + Development
  • Training 
  • Stakeholder Management
  • Project Management

Value Delivered

In support of the client’s overall SAFe rollout we supported launch of the first six SAFe Agile teams, served as scrum master and coach for two of the first teams, and also defined core processes, ceremonies, and backlogs. We also advised on the expansion of SAFe to the rest of the organization and supported the development of Agile capabilities within the teams.