As 2016 is almost over, we want to take a moment and look back at the Agile Awards 2016, where, with great honour, we have received the ‘Agile Consultancy of the Year (Enterprise)’ award.
The Agile Awards ceremony is a ‘celebration of global Agile talent and achievement’, recognising the merits of individuals, teams, and organisations who have had outstanding results with Agile. We’ve been extremely honoured to receive the award, and would like to thank Barclays for giving us the opportunity to work together on their Agile transformation. Thanks to a great collaboration, we are now both in a place where our achievements together have stood out among a notable competition.
We’d like to congratulate all winners and participants of the 2016 Agile Awards: thank you for all your contribution to the Agile community, and for helping keep up great professional standards!
This year’s awards ceremony marks the third consecutive time Radtac has been awarded in the last three years, directly or in collaboration with our clients, which makes us turn around to you and thank you. Thank you for choosing us and thank you for achieving excellent results together.
Read the William Hill case study about the project awarded at the 2014 Agile Awards, and the BCC case study with achievements leading to an 2015 Agile Award.
Radtac and Barclays working together
Working together with Barclays and assisting them with Agile training on their Agile journey has been a huge opportunity for us. Since Barclays decided that Agile and Lean practices could bring more benefits than their Waterfall way of working, we’ve embarked on an ambitious training programme, training their staff across 12 countries and four continents: England, Scotland, Lithuania, Ukraine, Czech Republic, South Africa, Australia, Singapore, China, India, USA and Israel.
We developed 11 customised courses based on existing Radtac training materials. Providing the training required 43 of our trainers, all of whom were involved in this globally scaled approach, delivering training to around 2500 employees across the three business units of the bank: Personal & Corporate, Barclaycard and Investment Banking.
Image courtesy: 2016 Agile Awards
The courses were developed with Barclays using an Agile approach, in a very short timescale. A Radtac and Barclays team defined the learning outcomes needed for each course, developed the materials iteratively, holding regular reviews with key stakeholders. Once a course was completed, it was piloted to ensure the course flow was as expected and delivered the learning outcomes required.
Using Radtac Certified Trainers, the training was scaled up to be delivered globally using a paired training approach. Focusing on the high-demand locations first, we went from the first course pilot to full-scale delivery in just two months.
The initiative has been challenging - but the great results Barclays have seen made it a successful one. Increased throughput, reduced code complexity, less production incidents, shorter deployment cycles and higher happiness in teams, plus more than 800 teams who have adopted Agile - these are just some of the results Barclays have achieved through this initiative.
Congratulations, again, to all teams involved in the Agile Business Transformation programme. We look forward to continuing our collaboration in 2017, and hope that we will continue to see the same great results - if not even better.