IMPROVED TEAM COLLABORATION, ACHIEVING VISIBILITY AND WORK TRANSPARENCY BY TRANSFORMING PURELY TO SCRUM FRAMEWORK.
Tellumat is a Cape Town (Republic of South Africa) based company was founded in 1963. It is one of core organisation of South Africa that provides technology products, custom solutions and services in telecommunications, defence, transport and energy industries. Quickscrum assisted them to transform their rigid waterfall process to the scrum framework.
Mark Girie, the Engineering Manager – Defence & Security, gave his valuable inputs that how QuickScrum has helped his organization.
What were the issues you were facing in Tellumat?
When I first step into a leadership position I sort about trying to improve execution speeds within in the product development environment. Traditionally the process was geared toward the rigid waterfall model. Engineers would complete the various stages in series. This did not lend itself toward early de-risking, early integration and validation opportunities for us and our customers.
For this reason we adopted a more agile and incremental development approach. Furthermore, we could not see any reason why we could not adopt this approach for hardware development as well. It’s about having a “prioritised backlog” of “things to do” and scheduling these tasks for execution when they are “Sprint Ready”.
Why did you select Quickscrum as your Scrum Tool?
After researching some tools to support our process, I compiled a list of candidate tools to enter a trade-off analysis phase.
Quickscrum emerged as the outright winner against the following set of criteria:
- Ease of use,
- Implements SCRUM well,
- Automates the entire process – including the ceremonies,
- Affordable pricing,
- Multiple hosting options – Cloud or On-site (on request),
- Great Training material,
- Continuous integration,
- Great support for their clients
How has using Quickscrum helped your team?
The Quickscrum offering is very intuitive and easy to learn. Scrum concepts and the motivations thereof are clearly explained in the provided agile education series. I was able to use this information to clearly define our implementation of the SCRUM process.
For our projects that have adopted the process there has been a remarkable increase in efficiency. The teams members collaborate better, the team remains focused on their sprint goals and everyone knows exactly what he or she is supposed to be doing.
In your experience, brief us about the benefits from QuickScrum
As a manager I am able to login from anywhere to view the status of the sprint and release.
Our agile teams have therefore become self-organizing and self-managing to a large extent.
Impediments to progress are identified and resolved very quickly. All of the information and tasks are captured in the Quickscrum tool.
The team collaboration boards help team members to exchange valuable information.
Their motivations for additional tooling, materials or resources are backed up with actual data in the form of estimated backlogs and measured burn rates.
Decision making is easier when it’s done with accurate and up to date information.
The use of Quickscrum and the evident improved results has made the adoption of agile a welcoming experience.