UNICOM Seminars Ltd
Agilier provides ongoing expertise and thought-leadership to UNICOM by chairing and presenting seminars.
“We very much enjoyed working with Agilier's consultant. He chaired one of our workshops and proved himself to be an experienced hands-on practitioner with theoretical backing and with the ability to translate these to a wide audience of differing backgrounds. He was extremely professional and thorough at all stages of preparation and delivery.”
Julie Valentine – Commissioning Manager, UNICOM Seminars Ltd
VT Flagship Ltd
VT Flagship had ambitious growth plans and asked Agilier to help review these plans and investigate whether their existing organisation was capable of meeting these challenges. Using a series of facilitated workshops and drawing on the principles of Lean Manufacturing, we produced an action plan for senior management and facilitated the process change. This led to a pilot project which reduced the time-to-completion by two-thirds and a six-figure cost saving.
“Agilier's consultant was a valued member of the team, bringing a level of analysis, considered insight and argument that was most beneficial in identifying issues and opportunity.”
Chris Webb – Business Transformation Executive, VT Flagship Ltd
National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA)
Agilier’s consultant was responsible for delivery improvement of a UK-wide information management service for policing. His work involved the review of the deliverable contract requirements and acceptance processes between the NPIA and one of its key suppliers, and the review of system development and delivery procedures. He made recommendations to improve delivery and then supervised their implementation. The resultant benefits were better coordination between the supplier and the contracting authority and a closer traceability between contractual documents.
“Agilier's consultant was a tower of strength.”
Antony Miller – Senior Programme Manager, NPIA
Large public-sector organisation supporting the Criminal Justice Community
Agilier supplied delivery-improvement expertise for a range of Criminal Justice programmes. The consultant liaised closely with procurement, legal and commercial departments to establish the ground-rules for Competitive Dialogue engagement with vendors, from publication in OJEU through to contract award. He formulated evaluation criteria that led to the vendor down-selection and the choice of the eventual winning bidders, ensuring maximum value for money for the front-line law-enforcement community and the UK taxpayer.
Agilier was very pleased to work with key stakeholders at Bradshaws Direct by leading a series of business-change workshops that resulted in demonstrable business cost savings.
“Agilier provided exceptional consultancy, were comfortable orchestrating strategic themes and discussions as well as delivering projects on time, on budget and having a thorough grasp of the details. They were adept and challenging, and an asset to any change process.”
Dan Croxen-John – Managing Director, Bradshaws Direct
EADS DCS UK had an issue with a long-standing programme being delivered to a highly documentation-centric waterfall process. Many change requests were being received and new requirements were being requested simultaneously. In addition, internal corporate compliance practices were also being imposed on the programme. These factors were leading to a paralysis in delivery, so Agilier was asked to intervene to improve the delivery of business value.
Working closely with key project members, we were able to determine the root causes of the problems and produced a delivery method that incorporated and aligned all the programme and corporate governance mechanisms, as well as some agile delivery techniques. Hence, we were able to:
- introduce new Agile working practices to the delivery team in a planned and non-threatening manner;
- bring together the programme stakeholders to prioritise the features that would bring the greatest business benefit;
- educate all parties to a new regime of regular delivery of system features.
Agilier provided the only UK representative on an Anglo-Franco-German programme to harmonise system development processes across EADS Europe. By using our experience of agile methodology design, we ensured that the process was as non-prescriptive as possible, potentially saving up to 50% on programme costs.
EADS DCS UK was set a demanding timetable by its parent company for the introduction of the enterprise resource planning system, SAP. This affected every key function in the company and Agilier was asked to ensure that the core business processes were correctly implemented. By holding a series of facilitated workshops with the key stakeholders, we were able to perform a business change analysis, ensuring that the core processes of the core projects would be covered by the new system. In addition, we produced a an acceptance test plan and a communication/training plan.
“Agilier was an integral part of my team installing SAP. Their experience in managing business processes made them an ideal candidate to manage functional integration thereby reducing a significant risk to the business. This involved them working with the workstream leads and developing a high-level integrated businesses process against which we planned our test programme.”
Chris Davies, Programme Manager, EADS Defence and Communications Systems
Cogent Defence and Security Systems Ltd
Agilier provided mentoring services to a team of enterprise business modellers who were capturing the company's primary business processes as part of the installation of an Oracle E-business system. By using facilitated workshops with all the key business users, we achieved early stakeholder agreement and also captured key business requirements. As a result of this initial stakeholder consensus, resultant system changes were reduced by 80% compared to conventional interviewing techniques.
Agilier provided leadership for a team of fifteen, from inception through to delivery to the MoD, using Agile methods (Scrum and XP) integrated within a PRINCE2 environment. This web-based system was Cogent’s first to be delivered using XP techniques and was delivered on time, to scope and within its budget.
Cogent wanted to investigate a cost-effective way of integrating disparate software systems. Agilier provided the subject-matter expertise for a successful prototype system using a service-oriented architecture (SoA).
“I was extremely happy with the professional and complete way that Agilier performed their work and would not hesitate to use their services again.”
Mike Haynes – Senior Project Manager, Cogent Defence and Security Networks
Domain Solutions Ltd
Domain Solutions is a consultancy producing and supporting leading software development code-generation tools. Agilier was asked to provide support for a modelling exercise involving the Digital Business Ecosystem – a cutting-edge service-oriented peer-to-peer development platform used to deploy business services to SMEs. We were able to provide the modelling skills to successfully bridge the gap between the user requirements and the system code developed by the Domain Solutions staff.