Business Agility

Business agility solutions to boost productivity & drive successful outcomes.

Get better results with Vaco’s Organizational Agility practice. Our Agile methodology consultants empower teams and develop clear pathways so you and your workforce can accomplish organizational goals more efficiently. We’ll provide guidance for building a learning organization; and while we’re at it, we’ll supercharge your planning process.

Driving successful outcomes through efficiency, purpose, and business agility.

Our Agile business expertise is your expertise. We measure success when you reach self-sustaining organizational agility.

Moving projects to the state of done.
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Our Agile business services are powered by people & technology

People & process agility: Agile methodology enablement

Agile enablement focuses on the people and process side of organizational agility. Here, we enable your team to prioritize projects and work efficiently; we help you power your planning process and simply get work done.

To help our clients improve agility, our Agile business experts focus on leadership training, project prioritization, and streamlining planning processes.

We take a collaborative, conversational, and highly focused approach during our assessment and discovery process. We’ll work closely with your business leaders, teams, and talented employees. We’ll observe your Agile team events and hold 1:1 sessions with a varied group of team members and leaders. 

Once we’ve collected our target information, we deliver a thorough assessment containing strategic recommendations and we’ll identify areas for possible improvement. Together we’ll agree on a set of “go-forward” business agility strategies to pilot and ultimately implement.

Assessment & discovery focus groups:

  • Teams
  • Program/Product
  • Portfolio
  • Leadership
  • DevOps

Realizing that “getting to done” consistently and predictably is a major reason our clients want to shift to an Agile methodology, we take a top-down and bottom-up approach. Based on the recommendations from our assessment and discovery phase, we partner with you to implement an Agile Transformation Team (ATT) that’s designed to activate leadership support. At the same time, we’ll also work with your teams to implement appropriate Agile foundational frameworks. 

Agile frameworks:

  • Scrum
  • Kanban
  • Scrum of Scrums
  • Agile Transformation Teams (ATT)
  • Enterprise Enablement Teams (EAT)
  • Scrum@Scale
  • SAFe

Leaders are uniquely positioned to make fundamental changes in business agility. By coaching leadership teams about how they can best enable organizational agility, we empower them to implement Agile methods in all areas of the business. This results in greater focus and more successfully completed projects. 

Agile leadership enablement focus groups:

  • Executive Leaders
  • Product & Portfolio Management
  • Mid-Management

Training is vital to the successful implementation of an Agile methodology. By creating a shared approach and a common vocabulary, teams can learn new and efficient ways of operating together. Our coaches and trainers offer 30 different foundational and certification-based courses and have led hundreds of classes, effectively training thousands of Agile executive leaders, management teams, and associates. 

Vaco offers over 30 Agile business courses including:

  • Team Foundations
  • Role-based Certification (SM, PO, Team, Engineer)
  • SAFe
  • Jira
  • MVP (Minimum Viable Product)
  • Leadership Workshops

We here to support you as you achieve self-sustaining organizational agility. To get there, our team of expert Agile coaches works with your leaders, teams, and portfolio management offices (PMOs) to deliver a tailored approach that’s right for your business. Our Emerging Agilist & Leader Programs are at the heart of our self-sustaining enablement strategy.

Our Agile coaches offer mentoring & support for multiple roles including:

  • Scrum Master
  • Product Owner
  • Team Members (developers, quality engineers, system analysts)
  • Leadership
  • Portfolio Management Office

Coupled with exceptional managed services and consultancy in the Agile space, Vaco’s strategic staffing team has more than 30 years of combined recruiting expertise and can source the best Agile/Scrum technology talent in the United States. Our Agile managed services team and seasoned talent recruiters carefully screen every candidate so you can rest assured that their qualifications and experience are what you’re looking for. Vaco offers you unparalleled reach in the agile recruitment space and incredible speed to market. 

Core Roles:

  • Scrum Master and Coaches – all levels
  • Product Owner and Manager – all levels, including management
  • Retained Agile Leadership Capabilities
  • DevOps — all levels, including leadership
  • Atlassian Tooling — subject matter experts, all levels 

Technology agility: DevOps enablement & test automation

DevOps enablement enhances your technology, software, and systems. Vaco’s DevOps enablement and test automation ensure that your software and technology are as efficient and adaptable as your team is. This holistic view allows both teams and technology to adapt and improve in today’s rapidly evolving business environment.

When your company has the technical tools to succeed — like test automation, development pipelines, and build processes — you’re well-positioned to take agility to the next level.

DevOps covers anything from a shift in the organizational mindset to tactical product deployment. Whether you’re a big-picture thinker or granular tactician, our agile DevOps consultants can support your next move. Using our integrated evaluation process, we provide insight into your DevOps maturity. This approach enables us to evaluate everything from release cycles and branching strategies to implementation and tactical deployments.

Integrated DevOps assessment

  • Evaluate infrastructure, release, cycle, and branching strategies
  • Set a baseline for DevOps maturity to measure improvements for leadership
  • Implement solutions based on recommendations to improve the process like code security, stability, and automation
  • Integrate the DevOps team into the agile development process

Vaco’s Agile methodology experts provide an unbiased perspective into your technology practices. Based on their organizational health check findings, they’ll recommend development improvement strategies and guidance tailored to your business. Let’s face it, adopting change can be challenging and time-consuming! To expedite this process and help everything flow smoothly, we employ a tested methodology of coaching and consulting. This ensures that each level of your organization benefits from technology transformation … during every phase of the process.

Organizational health

  • Cultural health
  • Tools and systems
  • Work in progress (WIP)
  • Planning practices
  • Security vs. risk
  • Collaboration
  • Employee empowerment

Coaching & training

  • Technical coaching
  • Program coaching
  • Team coaching
  • “Paired” engineering-specific coaching

Integrated tools help companies achieve fully synchronous processes in development teams. Vaco’s Agile consultants will improve your tools through continuous integration, end-to-end automation, and quality intelligence. This cognitive approach optimizes costs, supports defect-prevention, and increases agility. Simply put: test automation gives your team the capabilities to complete projects in a resource-effective way.

 

Agile test automation process

  • Synchronization: We introduce a structured and specific strategy to synchronize enterprise architecture with your custom development plan.
  • Automate First Design: We design tests to integrate into the DevSecOps pipeline, keeping your technology and software improving and continually adapting — with no noticeable effect on the user.
  • Continuous Automation: Tests — such as regression — run frequently and automatically with limited manual intervention.
  • Measure Readiness: We define exit criteria so product owners can define when software is cleared for use.
  • Measure to Learn: Test tools automate reporting and readiness further enhancing your business intelligence and agility.
Using the comprehensive Agile Enablement approach, we have helped our clients achieve the following results:
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Our 4-Phase Agile Engagement Model

Our goal is to get to know you, your people and your current processes.  Once engaged, here is how we approach empowering your leaders and teams with organizational agility. This process is optimized to produce timely MVPs (minimum viable products), while allowing for constant feedback and adjustment to maximize the end product.

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Case Studies
Reducing spend while boosting productivity
$800 million saved in technology spend
Our client approached us with a technology spend of $4 billion; equal to that of their top 3 competitors combined. Despite this, they were growing at the same pace. We trained the executive team, enabling them to implement agile methodology to focus on their top 50 projects, as well as 25 “stretch” projects. 250% increase in annual projects completed. 150% growth increase compared to competitors.
Increasing productivity by reducing churn.
15pt increase in net promoter score
Our client’s late or dead-end projects led to frustrated customers who threatened to leave our client for a new vendor. By reducing “Work in Progress” at the portfolio level, we were able to reduce churn and interruptions, thereby increasing team focus time up to 2.5 times. Ultimately, customer satisfaction grew due to increased transparency of portfolio work.
Your Leadership Team
Our team of leaders each have over a decade of agile enablement experience. We work together as a group and with our clients to serve each unique set of situations. Our diverse business and technology leadership backgrounds have helped us face most business hurdles and sensible ways to address them. We are a group of industry recognized thought leaders having published 5 books, sit on several higher education advisory boards and have spoken at dozens of national industry conferences. The chances are – if you have any issues you are facing about product development and delivery, we have experienced it and can be a helpful resource to you, your leadership, and your teams.

Jim Grundner

Agile Practice Leader
Raleigh, NC

Sean Devin

Sr. Relationship Manager
Raleigh, NC

Kim Andrikaitis

Sr. Agile Team Coach
Raleigh, NC

Bruce Nix

Principal Agile Coach
Memphis, TN

Books Authored by Our Agile Team
Our team is comprised of experts in the agile space. Here is a sampling of books authored by our leadership team.
Organizational Agility Unleashed
At work, particularly with stay-at-home orders lingering over us, delayed projects equate to untold lost revenue and resources. Our latest book, authored by 3 Vaco Agile leadership members, is broken up into bite-size chapters and teaches you how to save time and money by utilizing agility in your own department and getting projects DONE. They include real life case studies and frameworks they have encountered in their decades of experience, so you can learn and apply it to your own team. 100% of proceeds benefit The Carying Place, a Raleigh charity dedicated to helping homeless families with children get back on their feet by teaching life skills for attaining independent living while providing short-term housing and support services to address individual needs. Find it here on Amazon and Leanpub.
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