ClearlyAgile: Transforming the Way Businesses Work

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Fred Mastropasqua, Co-founder and CEO
Fred Mastropasqua is the only Certified Scrum Trainer in the greater Tampa Bay region, with more than 25 years of IT experience. He often witnesses scenarios where organizations seeking Agile transformations fail to answer basic questions—‘Why do they want to be Agile? What does that mean to them?’A real transformation only occurs when Agile values are understood well. Just changing a department within the organization does not help, as the existing company culture can block the way toward enterprise agility. Understanding these dynamics is one of the reasons Mastropasqua founded ClearlyAgile, to help organizations keep culture at the center of the Agile transformation process. “Inability to alter organizational culture is a leading cause of failed enterprise Agile transformations. With our breakthrough approach, however, organizations can create meaningful and lasting change,” states Mastropasqua, Co-founder and CEO, ClearlyAgile.

ClearlyAgile transforms clients’ business processes using Agile methodologies and principles, while helping them succeed in a flexible, collaborative, self-organizing, and fast-paced environment. The company brings together training, frameworks and DevOps to start an Agile adoption—step one in creating a culture of purposeful experimentation, reflection and incremental improvement.

ClearlyAgile is not just a typical consulting company. They adopt Agile methodology in their day-to-day operations. “We’re Agile .We live it and breathe it. We offer our clients a proprietary, data-driven product that helps us gauge whether we’re making progress in their Agile journey,” Mastropasqua said. “On the other hand, a lot of our competitors hire outside coaches, consultants, and trainers to measure progress, and without the right measurements, they will never really know if they’re getting better,” remarks Mastropasqua.

The company starts a transformation by identifying issues unique to an organization, then solves those issues through a process of pragmatic transformation, leading to significant results and lasting change. “We first map out the journey of an organization and understand what they need to accomplish. From leadership, to the structure and culture of an organization, our team checks every aspect before we start working on an Agile transformation or adoption project,” notes Mastropasqua.


We’re Agile. We live it and breathe it


During this initial investigation, ClearlyAgile also helps clients “seed the product backlog” by identifying goals and high-level changes for their proposed product.

From the leadership aspect, ClearlyAgile facilitates a Collaborative Diagnostic Workshop to help leaders identify common problems in the organization, so both parties can mutually agree where to focus. After the workshop, the company helps in forming focused alliances of those who understand the problems, and are willing to affect change by experimenting with new ways of working together. Then, ClearlyAgile moves toward the experiment. “Experiments are about trying new methods of working to solve the needs of the organization. Through experiments, we get to make small and incremental changes, measure impact, and identify what action yields the best results,” explains Mastropasqua.

When providing custom development services, ClearlyAgile partners with clients during a two-day story-mapping session to identify a minimum viable product. After that collaborative session, ClearlyAgile creates a proposal, along with estimated costs, team and schedule recommendations. After the proposal is accepted, ClearlyAgile delivers a user experience wire flow, a set of illustrations that visually maps the flow within an application, to ensure a more accurate proposal. “We’ll start sprinting after this stage, and typically in two weeks, we have a working product every sprint,” says Mastropasqua.

ClearlyAgile also offers Agile training and public classes for technology teams and their stakeholders, while helping reinforce Scrum, Lean and Kanban concepts. The company delivers project kickoff consultation, whereas on the engineering side, it helps form teams and develops best practices for DevOps and Agile engineering. No wonder leading companies like Nielsen, PricewaterhouseCoopers, USF Health, and Walt Disney rely on ClearlyAgile, and endorse the numerous advantages and actionable insights that the company offers.

Company
ClearlyAgile

Headquarters
Tampa, FL

Management
Fred Mastropasqua, Co-founder and CEO

Description
ClearlyAgile is an Agile Consulting/Service company that helps organizations keep culture at the center of the Agile transformation process. The company transforms clients’ business processes using Agile methodologies and principles, while helping them succeed in a flexible, collaborative, self-organizing, and fast-paced environment. It also brings together training, frameworks and DevOps to start an Agile adoption—step one in creating a culture of purposeful experimentation, reflection and incremental improvement. ClearlyAgile is not just a typical consulting company. It adopts Agile methodology in its day-to-day operations. The company also offers Agile training and public classes for technology teams and their stakeholders, while helping reinforce Scrum, Lean and Kanban concepts