TELLUMAT CASE STUDY

Customer Profile

With over 50 years of successful delivery, coupled with proven track record of innovation and local and international success, Tellumat has an established reputation as a long-standing leader in electronic and related technologies. Tellumat end-to-end philosophy and integrated business units make Tellumat the ideal partner in chosen fields, with long lasting partnerships with customers and global technology partners testament to this.

Tellumat people, processes and solutions are backed by innovative research and fronted by specialised skills. Tellumat solve problems - from design to operations and beyond, and believe technological innovation and imagination are the cornerstones of a safer, connected, more environmentally responsible and sustainable future. Tellumat see challenges as opportunities for innovative solutions.

Jointly owned by Masimong Technologies (51.1%) and JSE-listed Stellar Capital (48.9%), Tellumat is ideally positioned not only as an empowering supplier for South African commercial, government and parastatal contractors, but similarly as partners for global entities looking to enter Southern African markets. Tellumat record of innovation and successful technology delivery provides the platform from which to drive new initiatives and possibility, adding long-term value to partners and customers.

Mark Girie, the Engineering-Manager explained his journey with Quickscrum.

When I first step into a leadership position I sort about trying to improve execution speeds within in the product development environment. Traditionally the process was geared toward the rigid waterfall model. Engineers would complete the various stages in series. This did not lend itself toward early de-risking, early integration and validation opportunities for us and our customers. For this reason we adopted a more agile and incremental development approach. Furthermore, we could not see any reason why we could not adopt this approach for hardware development as well. It’s about having a “prioritised backlog” of “things to do” and scheduling these tasks for execution when they are “Sprint Ready”. After researching some tools to support our process, I compiled a list of candidate tools to enter a trade-off analysis phase.

Quickscrum emerged as the outright winner against the following set of criteria:

  • Ease of use,
  • Implements SCRUM well,
  • Automates the entire process - including the ceremonies,
  • Affordable pricing,
  • Multiple hosting options – Cloud or On-site,
  • Great Training material,
  • Continuous integration,
  • great support for their clients

The Quickscrum offering is very intuitive and easy to learn. Scrum concepts and the motivations thereof are clearly explained in the provided Agile education series. I was able to use this information to clearly define our implementation of the SCRUM process.

For our projects that have adopted the process there has been a remarkable increase in efficiency. The teams members collaborate better, the team remains focussed on their sprint goals and everyone knows exactly what he or she is supposed to be doing.

Impediments to progress are identified and resolved very quickly. All of the information and tasks are captured in the Quickscrum tool.

The team collaboration boards help team members to exchange valuable information.

As a manager I am able to login from anywhere to view the status of the sprint and release.

Our agile teams have therefore become self-organizing and self-managing to a large extent.

Their motivations for additional tooling, materials or resources are backed up with actual data in the form of estimated backlogs and measured burn rates.

Decision making is easier when it’s done with accurate and up to date information.

The use of Quickscrum and the evident improved results has made the adoption of agile a welcoming experience.