Ferguson Enterprises Improves Agile Transformation Success

VersionOne Helps Ferguson Enterprises Improves Agile Transformation Success


  • Easy access to reporting and visualizations to track progress
  • Improved enterprise collaboration
  • Accelerated transition to agile
  • Strong partnership to ensure success


Ferguson Enterprises Inc., the largest wholesaler of commercial and residential plumbing supplies in North America, has been a VersionOne customer since 2012. Ferguson started with a few agile teams in the U.S. and offshore, and was planning to scale agile across the entire organization.

It was difficult to efficiently manage multiple projects and teams because stakeholders didn’t have visibility into the high-level initiatives, issues, trends, and the context of releases in the portfolio. There was a lack of collaboration between the teams. In addition, they didn’t have an easy way to access and share up-to-date, accurate reports on progress with the management team. “We needed an enterprise agile platform that could improve the overall success of our agile initiatives,” said Nick Hopkins, the manager of agile implementation.


Ferguson Enterprises conducted an extensive review of agile solutions. “While other tools offered similar features, the final difference for us was the VersionOne associates who stand behind their product and supported us throughout the selection process,” said Hopkins. “As a company, VersionOne delivered on their commitments, offering a solution that was highly customizable, easy to train, fit our needs, and provided a consistent approach to agile. Their willingness to work with us during the evaluation phase was very impressive. They gave us ample time to review the software and conducted several demos with slightly configured solutions.”

“From the first call we felt like we were partners looking for the right solution.”

Nick Hopkins
Manager of Agile Implementation
Ferguson Enterprises, Inc.


“VersionOne has transformed our agile teams from rank amateur status to full-out agile professionals,” explained Hopkins. “Our entire organization now looks to VersionOne as the source of truth about the work we’re doing.” Conversations are helping the agile teams keep in touch with offshore teams throughout the work day, while maintaining a record of what decisions are being made and the progress to date. The teams are spending less time reacting and more time proactively work on impediments and potential bottlenecks before they happen.

As a result of working with VersionOne, Ferguson has improved strategic planning, alignment across the organization, and the quality of the products delivered to their customers.

A big part of Ferguson’s success has been the support from VersionOne’s coaches. “The coaching team is extremely knowledgeable and focused on helping us achieve agile success,” explained Hopkins. “Our teams are much more motivated because of the engagement and this helped to accelerate our transition to agile. For Ferguson, VersionOne’s coaching has been a ‘must-have’ in helping us successfully ramp up agile.”

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The 3 Best Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) Resources for Beginners

3 Best Scaled Agile Framework SAFe Resources

Do you need to get up to speed on SAFe? Here are the three best agile resources for quickly learning what SAFe is all about.

1- Scaled Agile Framework Website

The scaledagileframework.com site includes a graphical representation of the framework, with clickable links to describe the details. This site also provides access to the principles that underlie SAFe, a glossary, and explanatory videos. Click this link to check it out.

2- From Projects to Value Streams Video

Organizing around value streams instead of projects is a big change for most organizations. Watch Dean Leffingwell, Scaled Agile, Inc. co-founder and chief methodologist, explain what a value stream is, how to manage it, and what it means for your delivery organization. Click this link to check it out.

3- Indispensable Elements of SAFe Webinar Recording

What does a SAFe implementation mean for your organization? View this webinar to hear Alex Yakyma SAFe fellow and principal consultant at Scaled Agile, Inc. explain which elements of SAFe are indispensable, and which ones you can adjust in your SAFe implementation. Click this link to check it out.


These three resources will give you a good introductory understanding of SAFe. If you’re serious about moving forward with SAFe in your organization, you’ll probably want to invest in some targeted SAFe training and coaching.  One more thing to strongly consider is that in the State of Agile survey of 3,900 people, the number one factor for successfully scaling agile was consistent process and practices. The second factor was implementing a common tool across your enterprise.

The VersionOne Enterprise Agile Platform provides a single platform for implementing consistent process and practices. Click this link to learn how VersionOne helps organizations successfully implement SAFe.

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VersionOne Named One of the Best Places to Work by the Atlanta Business Chronicle

VersionOne Named a Best Place to Work in Atlanta

2016-abc-signature-bptwWe’re excited to announce that VersionOne has been named as one of the Best Places to Work by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. The Best Places to Work 2016 awards recognize 100 of the top companies in Metro Atlanta.

Robert Holler, CEO and Co-founder, and Michelle Jager, Director of Human Resources were excited to accept the 2016 Best Places to Work Award

Robert Holler, CEO and Co-founder, and Michelle Jager, Director of Human Resources were excited to accept the 2016 Best Places to Work Award

The award acknowledges companies that came out on top based on a multi-dimensional survey completed by their own employees. Survey dimensions included rating the work environment, the level of creativity, personal and professional development, and overall team effectiveness. Atlanta’s Best Places to Work list was the most competitive in the U.S., as measured by the ratio of honored companies to nominated companies. 

“Our employees and company culture are the foundation for our success,” said VersionOne CEO and Co-founder Robert Holler. “It is an honor to be recognized for fostering an environment where employees are proud of the company and what we stand for. This award represents the positive attitude and accomplishments of everyone in the company. We are thrilled to have received this award from the Atlanta Business Chronicle.”

 Here’s what employees say about working at VersionOne:

 “I LOVE VersionOne! I have never felt so respected, supported, and appreciated over the duration of my career as much as I am at VersionOne.”

 “VersionOne is a fantastic place to work. Not only is it challenging and exciting, but it’s actually fun! Leadership and teams go out of their way here to ensure the culture is preserved and that they find people who are the right fit. This means coming in every day feeling like you’re going to do cool stuff with your friends!”

 “There are too many companies that are money-centric driven where employees and customer don’t really matter. Whereas VersionOne has built a company with a work environment where employees want to work… employee-centric, and customers enjoy doing business with us… customer-centric. Being employee-centric and customer-centric is why VersionOne employees love working here and why I could never be happy at any other job.”

 “VersionOne is a fun and exciting place to work. Everyone here is constantly trying to make VersionOne the best and it pays off. Our culture is amazing and the benefits provided to us make working here and balancing personal lives easy.”

“VersionOne is not just the best job I’ve ever had, it is the best job I can imagine; they are my family. I swell with pride every time I represent them in the greater community; whether helping I’m helping to build a house for Habitat for Humanity, representing them at a conference; or at a speaking engagement. I love my team and feel connected with all my co-workers.”

“I am grateful to get to work with this fantastic company. I love working with each and every person here and actually look forward to coming into the office. It’s a joy not only from that perspective though, I grow every day in my career and feel like I’m making an impact for the company.”

For information about VersionOne’s values, benefits, and current opening, please visit: www.versionone.com/careers

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