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Living agile, the TCS way

  • The year was 2017 and it was business as usual at a TCS office in Mumbai. In one of the conference rooms, our CEO, senior business leaders, and our agile experts were deep in discussion. “We see an increasing agile adoption by our clients, and we need to know what’s getting them excited about it, and why,” the CEO said. The statement was directed at the agile experts and very soon, it would change the way TCS approached work.  
  • The agile team with the help of one of the business units planned a real-time demonstration of the agile way of working and its benefits. Their challenge was to create a TCS offering by applying the agile methodology. The group organized itself into self-managed scrum teams. Over the next three days, the agile experts guided the scrum teams into planning product backlogs with minimum viable products (MVPs), drawing out Kanbans, listing dependencies, and advancing in short, swift bursts. At the end of it all, an offering was born. It took all of three days for an outcome that would otherwise have taken three months. Agile functions on the simple truth that time is a non-renewable resource, and with the core premise that the marketplace is in a continual state of disruption and waits for no one.
  • Those three days set the stage for a journey that would be completed over the next three years – TCS’ vision of becoming Enterprise Agile by 2020. And here we are today – the largest agile-ready workforce in the world. As of April 2022, 545,451 of us across the globe function as #OneTCS, working and living agile. This is our agile transformation story.