The largest insurance conglomerate in The Netherlands is Achmea Inc. With its roots firmly in Dutch history, today the company employs more than 15,000 people in six countries worldwide, insuring millions under its many brand labels. This lumbering heavyweight is turning itself around to embrace light-footed Agility with the help of SAFe – and Gladwell Academy.
It’s completely changed how we think at Achmea. How we organize, how we review. We made the national news media with that last change, by the way. When we did away completely with the annual performance review, a lot of people took note.
Listen… We didn’t just implement SAFe for feature development; we didn’t limit ourselves to IT either. We’re really going all the way: over the course of about five years, we’ve followed through with the value-driven mindset for IT development and supporting functions like Human Resources, with Corporate Housing, Facilities, and Disciplines such as Quality Control, Architecture, Financials…
We’re fortunate that Gladwell Academy, as the only company offering SAFe trainings at the scale we required at the time – is actually a very competent training partner. Over the years they have trained so many of us without a hitch – that service is really nice to experience.