Video Case Study

Engineering | Air Quality

Transforming to Agile - Aeroqual

Managing Rapid Growth with Agile

Aeroqual is an innovative kiwi company at the cutting edge of air monitoring equipment. The demand, both internally and globally has meant rapid growth which has presented some challenges to various teams and parts of the business. Radically assisted Aeroqual in various forms, from creating the clear link between the strategic direction of the organisation and the day-to-day work within the teams, through to resetting the Scrum teams and a focusing on the why of Agile. The added benefit of these changes was not only speed and alignment, but the culture of Aeroqual grew even more so to one of inclusion, collaboration and alignment.

Challenge

How might a rapidly growing organisation communicate better at a strategic level, then improve delivery practices to provide acceleration in a consistent and repeatable manner?

Results

Refreshed WoW – redefined the WHY of Agile and practices

Focusing on outcomes – shifting team and leadership focus to outcomes

Sustainable Growth – with a growth rate of 30-40% year on year, Radically’s Agile approach has allowed the teams to manage what was previously an out of control workload

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Context

Aeroqual is an innovative kiwi company at the cutting edge of air monitoring equipment. The demand, both internally and globally has meant rapid growth which has presented some challenges to various teams and parts of the business. 

Refreshing the Ways of Working

First phase of Radically’s work centered around a refresh of the ways of working, revisiting the “why” and reinforcing the benefits that teams working in an Agile fashion will gain. Advanced coaching and support allowed the lessons learnt to accelerate and utilising Radically’s expertise to recruit a high-quality Scrum Master to support once Radically had completed their work.

Breaking down silos and reinforcing the collaborative approach was key to the ways of working refresh. Building cross-functional teams that were more product aligned allowed for faster delivery and more emphasis on the key areas needed to support their organisational growth.

 

Building a Product Company

The second phase saw the creation of product-based value streams, with clear alignment between people, teams and those streams. In addition, an overhaul of the existing initiatives prioritisation mechanic to a simpler, easier to communicate and quicker to deliver model using industry best practice saw an increased focus on those initiatives that were important and less effort on the lower value initiatives.

“The biggest benefit Radically is brought to Aeroqual is being able to connect our high level company strategy with our agile teams.”

- Geoff Henshaw, Founder & CTO

The alignment of the teams and value streams met some challenges in that people were used to working a certain way and with certain products. Changes to this were slow to begin with but progressed quickly once the benefits started to show. The organisation backlog benefited from a simplified, more accessible process that was repeatable and clearly understood by the product teams.

“The support from Radically in taking agile to another level being very beneficial for us there's a tendency to see agile is purely a productivity tool to me I think the greater benefit is a cultural one. Staff are much more engaged they can see the connection between the work they do and the envy end results with customers.”

- Mark Templeton, CEO

Partnership

Radically worked closely with Aeroqual to understand their business, their culture and the things that were holding them back. A clear roadmap of work designed to remove those impediments created the right working environment and mindset for Aeroqual to manage it’s growing pains for now and the future.