Eight years ago I had a super great opportunity to help NAVTEQ (today is known as HERE) company go through Agile Transformation. Well, it didn’t start with BigBen approach. In the beginning, it was more driven in guerilla tactic in Europe without formal approval. Starting in Kosice, on vendor’s (Ness Technologies Kosice Development Center) side, with a couple of teams developing software and services for NAVTEQ Europe centers. Only after few months, Agile was finally accepted reality by the senior management in Chicago headquarter.
My first flight, together with great Nicole Belisos, to the NAVTEQ headquarter, was at the beginning a hit of two agile approaches. European, focused a little bit more on the soft side, culture, team spirit. Versus American, focused (at that time) on processes, execution, roles and responsibilities.
There was Agile Working Group established already. But, luckily, one member somehow connected EU & US coaching circles. By his personal approach, very warm welcoming and easy start of collaboration. And, of course, the dinner and beer. The team forming at the best.
Jorgen, together with other great coaches, helped to kick-off the NAVTEQ Agile transformation and made it a reality. Well, one of the fastest in the world. On a global scale, the whole organization, products, processes and tools restructured in 2.5 years. Unbelievable, with Scaled Agile Framework version <1.0. Because we have been incubating it at that time together with Drew Jemillo and Dean Leffingwell.
So what shall we say more about Jorgen?