CTG and Materialise decided to implement a customized way of working based on the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) leveraging CTG’s Agile Transformation solution. It was clear that adopting an Agile approach would help the company accelerate progress toward its goals.
One of the first steps was creating a guiding coalition, a team comprised of people in different roles and working in different parts of the software engineering division.
This team would be responsible for driving the definition and implementation of the roadmap. CTG’s Agile coaches supported this team by providing guidance and assistance every step of the way.
The next step was to manage the necessary leadership training and coaching for the people involved. In total, 44 software engineers were trained in the first months as we prepared to start the journey with the complete department of about 120. CTG ran workshops for Agile Coaches and management, as well as a trial run for the first big room planning (Program Increment (PI) planning) event before it was held. During PI planning, the software engineering department and all stakeholders were brought together, and management presented the business goals that Materialise wanted to achieve to create alignment and clear communication between everyone involved.
Together, this group then developed a roadmap for achieving these goals, including identifying roles and potential risks. Once up and running, CTG’s Agile coach actively supported the transformation by assisting the guiding coalition, facilitating big room events, coaching internal staff operating at the program and portfolio level, and performing workshops with different stakeholders based on operational needs.