Insurance or not, many organizations are transforming themselves with agile models. We spoke to a top leader of an international insurance firm that is leveraging Agile approaches more often and in more projects. Here are some learnings we discovered.\n\nWhat challenges did you need to overcome to be successful?\n\nAs we looked to scale Agile across our organization, one of the biggest problems that we experienced was that our tool wasn\u2019t, well, agile. It was little more than a fancy looking spreadsheet and our staff spent their time battling with the tool rather than leveraging the tool to help the business. That just wasn\u2019t sustainable.\n\nIn what ways do you address these issues?\n\nJust like any other aspect of business, the ability to deliver work effectively using Agile requires a combination of the right information driving the ability to make sound decisions in a timely manner, and a tool that allows people to focus on doing their work rather than interacting with the tool. We needed to find a solution that could easily integrate with our other enterprise tools, and that could help us become more effective and efficient.\n\nWhat was your end solution, and what impact did it have?\n\nFor us, Rally Software from Broadcom was the answer. We recently ran our first PI planning session using the tool and we cut the duration of the planning session by two hours. Multiply that across the number of people and the number of times we plan PIs and it becomes a material saving. And of course, that efficiency means staff time can be redirected into work that adds value to the business.\n\nRally integrates with our other tools \u2014 delivering information, consuming information, and generally improving workflow and automation. That means people have the information they need in a way that works for them, allowing them to focus on their tasks. We\u2019re also planning to leverage Rally as a decision-making tool for the business \u2014 helping teams to prioritize and refine user stories and drive more improvements.\n\nHow is this driving your success?\n\nWe\u2019re breaking down silos. With the ability to collaborate in a tool that actually helps us deliver, we are strengthening relationships between business and IT. That improves understanding and ultimately drives engagement in ensuring that the best possible solutions are delivered \u2014 so we can keep increasing customer and business value.\n\nConclusion\n\nThrough effective implementation of agile solutions such as Rally Software, teams can enhance innovation, optimally balance resources, and fuel dramatic improvements in delivery. Going agile is the first step toward more impactful Value Stream management \u2014 so what are you waiting for? If you find yourself in a similar business scenario and would like to learn best practices to unlock excellence with Agile analytics, be sure to download our eBook, \u201cHow To Interpret Data from Burnup \/ Burndown Charts.\u201d\n\nExplore ValueOps Value Stream Management, built to manage what you value most.