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Agile & DevOps Mindset

Today, every successful financial institution is a software company at heart.

Building competitive advantage through swift and responsive software development is as important as any core business function.

To stay competitive on the market many companies are currently undergoing Agile transformation.

Decisionmakers in the 14th state of agile report, cite 2 main reasons for adopting agile practices.


Despite the trust put into agile methodologies, many companies are not meeting those objectives. There are two reasons for that:

  • Applying agile practices and terminology on the surface only, without changing the actual behaviour of the organisation.
  • Focusing on an agile organisation and management practices, while ignoring the most impactful aspects of agile – the scope definition and management, as well as advanced engineering and infrastructure practices.



To achieve tangible business results, organisations need to change the structure and IT, as well as perfect processes and tools used for development. Choose the most impactful aspects of the Agile and DevOps movements and tailor them to their business realities. Only then, the real business value can be delivered to the customer.



Sollers Consulting supports financial institutions in their Agile and DevOps journey. We know that banks and insurance companies are operating in highly regulated environments which means they need to take different approach to shorten their Time to Market than most of other companies in different sectors.

Our Customers increase the speed and frequency at which they deliver value, by adopting an agile culture change.

Scope management and product management:

  • Together we analyse and assess the ongoing and planned project portfolio considering big picture and interdependencies.
  • We help in effective scope management before the project, but also on an ongoing basis, during development.
  • They break down large goals into small, valuable tasks that can be delivered early.
  • They present planned functionality in transparent and frequently adjusted backlogs and roadmaps.
  • They learn to apply the iterative approach to complex initiatives, including regulatory, greenfield or system migration.

Teams’ empowerment:

  • They empower teams to work together towards a common goal.
  • We educate them how to ensure that every team member understands team’s goal and vison.
  • They encourage teams to make decisions,
  • And give them space for continuous improvement.

Organisational design with goal to increase cooperation:


  • They increase the level of cooperation between business and IT.
  • Their business is involved at every stage of development lifecycle.
  • They simplify their IT structures using trust and delegation of responsibility.
  • We help them build structures that break silos and make arising issues transparent.
  • Outcome-based measures are adopted that provide clear and actionable insights.
organisation design

Ultimately,  the point is frequent releasing of valuable software. No significant progress can be made without adjusting the software development process and tools itself and adopting the DevOps mindset.

Building target Software Development Lifecycle process focused on:

  • Increasing cooperation between teams engaged in the further steps of delivery
  • Reducing manual hand-offs as well as unnecessary paperwork
  • Designing the entire SDLC process to shorten lead time and feedback loop

Streamlining IT Governance that:

  • Re-models and streamlines governance processes to better fit into the agile way of delivery
  • Removes silos between supervising entities to ensure smooth information flow and consistency of the entire supervision
  • Puts governance requirements into the development tools to release teams from burden of numerous manual checks and avoid human error.

Infrastructure and toolset on premises/on Cloud built around:


  • A tool platform to provide teams with self-sufficiency
  • Pre-configured components to speed up creation of environments or project setup
  • Practices like Infrastructure as a Code or Configuration as a Code to support both on premises and cloud approach.
  • Ability to shift the cost of computing resources from long-term CAPEX to demand-driven OPEX

In a situation where a client is considering moving to the cloud, we help to tailor and design a solution to make the most of the advantages offered by a cloud-based approach and allow smooth transition.


Learn more about how to combine and operationalize SDLC with IT Governance as well as underlying infrastructure in Sollers Platform Automation.

Leading Polish PC Insurer (INSIS) INSIS PC with a custom Front-End. Over 10 environments plus Production, all on on-premise. Fully automated code deployment with QA process made the release cycle significantly faster.
Leading International Insurer in Japan

Guidewire InsuranceSuite© integrated with Front-End Portals and big infrastructure: hybrid deployment utilising cloud and on-premise. Fully automated code deployment made the release cycle significantly faster. Project infrastructure utilising container platform concepts, provides a stable, quick and robust deployment platform.

Leading British Insurer Guidewire PolicyCenter©, ClaimCenter© and large infrastructure: 40 non-Prod environments, many points of integration. Migration to an AWS Cloud and automation of the process made it possible to decrease the time of run of new test environment from 2 months to 1 hour. Automated code analysis combined with part-automated tests significantly increased the quality of the deployed code and reduced time of tests.

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Michał Piotrowicz
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