Transforming the Large Organization
Transforming software development across geographic locations in a large company is difficult. But Nationwide Insurance found a way to successfully implement more than forty agile teams in multiple locations around the United States using their internal Application Development Center. Sara McClintock explains what worked for Nationwide: using Scrum practices, including creating standard work, and lean techniques, using tools such as A3s. Sara provides insight into some of the challenges Nationwide faced and shares some things they should have avoided. With the continued success that Nationwide has experienced in the Application Development Center in the past three years, the company has decided to continue with an Enterprise Transformation that will move their IT organization into full agile software development as they plan, build, and run projects across the company. The goal is to increase productivity, quality, and speed to market using Scrum, XP, lean, and CMMI practices and techniques.