Transforming Agile Delivery: A Case Study on Tres Astronautas

Daniel Soto Rey
AI Consultant
Augmented Capital
June 21, 2024
5 min
Key Points:

- Tres Astronautas, a software development company, improved their technical delivery success rate by 83% through an agile transformation facilitated by Augmented Capital.

- The transformation focused on both organizational and technical changes, implementing Agile Teams and Agile Delivery, building trust within development teams, and introducing DevSecOps processes and DORA metrics.

- The transformation process overcame challenges such as fragmented delivery cycles, limited resources, and legacy cultural mindsets.

- The successful transformation resulted in increased delivery speed, a shift towards a culture rooted in agile principles, and higher customer satisfaction.


At Augmented Capital, our mission is to transform AI investments into strategic wins for businesses. A pivotal experience in our journey was the transformation of agile delivery at Tres Astronautas. This effort significantly enhanced their technical delivery success rate, offering valuable insights that now drive our consultancy.


Tres Astronautas, a dynamic company in the software development industry, faced challenges in scaling their agile practices to meet the growing demands of multiple clients. Despite having a dedicated team, they struggled with fragmented delivery cycles, low success rates, and inconsistent customer satisfaction.

The Challenge

Building a truly agile team is particularly challenging when resources and expectations are limited. For Tres Astronautas, the primary obstacles included:

  1. Fragmented Delivery Cycles: Inconsistent processes across different projects led to inefficiencies and delays.
  2. Limited Resources: The need to deliver high-quality software quickly with limited staff and resources.
  3. Legacy Cultural Mindsets: Resistance to change and adherence to traditional waterfall methods.
  4. Building Trust: Ensuring all team members and stakeholders trust the agile process and each other.

These challenges are common in many organizations attempting to adopt agile practices. The transition to an agile framework requires not just a change in processes but a fundamental shift in mindset and culture [1] [2].

Our Approach

Our approach at Tres Astronautas was multi-faceted, addressing both organizational and technical aspects:

1. Strategy and Approach:

We implemented Agile Teams and Agile Delivery at an organizational level. This involved:

  • Unifying software delivery cycles with productivity, administrative, and billing cycles.
  • Establishing a cohesive agile framework that permeated the entire organization.
  • Shifting from fragmented efforts to a culture deeply rooted in agile principles.

2. Building Trust in Teams:

Building trust within development teams is crucial for agile success. This involved:

  • Transparency: Keeping all stakeholders informed and involved in the process.
  • Collaboration: Encouraging open communication and collaboration among team members.
  • Accountability: Ensuring everyone takes ownership of their tasks and outcomes.

3. Technical Implementation:

To support the new agile framework, we introduced:

  • DevSecOps Processes: Integrating development, security, and operations to enhance efficiency and security. DevSecOps ensures that security is a core part of the development lifecycle, reducing risks and enhancing compliance [3] [1].
  • Continuous Development Lifecycle: Implementing continuous integration and continuous deployment (CI/CD) practices to ensure rapid and reliable delivery.
  • DORA Metrics: Utilizing these metrics (Deployment Frequency, Lead Time for Changes, Change Failure Rate, and Time to Restore Service) for performance insights and continuous improvement. These metrics, as highlighted in the "Accelerate" book, are critical for measuring software delivery performance [3] [2].
  • Accelerate Book Approach: Following best practices from the "Accelerate" book to improve product management, development processes, organizational structure, and communication. The principles outlined in "Accelerate" provide a scientific basis for improving software delivery and organizational performance [3] [2].


The execution phase was meticulously planned and carried out:

  • We unified all delivery cycles, aligning them with productivity and administrative processes.
  • Agile principles were embedded into the organizational culture through training and hands-on workshops.
  • DevSecOps processes were integrated to ensure a secure and efficient development lifecycle.
  • Continuous feedback loops were established using DORA metrics to monitor and improve performance.

Implementing the Accelerate Framework

The "Accelerate" book outlines four key metrics that are essential for high-performing teams: Deployment Frequency, Lead Time for Changes, Change Failure Rate, and Time to Restore Service. By focusing on these metrics, Tres Astronautas was able to measure and improve their software delivery performance systematically [3].

DevSecOps Integration

DevSecOps combines development, security, and operations into a seamless process, ensuring that security is embedded into every stage of the development lifecycle. This approach not only improves security but also enhances overall efficiency and reliability of software delivery [1] [3].

Building a Culture of Trust and Accountability

One of the critical elements of a successful agile transformation is building a culture of trust and accountability. This was achieved by fostering open communication, encouraging collaboration, and ensuring that all team members took ownership of their tasks. By creating an environment where everyone felt responsible for the project's success, Tres Astronautas was able to improve team cohesion and productivity [1] [2].

Results and Impact

The transformation led to remarkable improvements:

  • 83% Increase in Technical Delivery Success Rate: This significant boost was a direct result of the unified agile framework and continuous development practices.
  • Enhanced Delivery Speed and Success Rates: Projects were delivered faster and with higher success rates.
  • Cultural Shift: The organization embraced agile methodologies, leading to sustained improvements and innovation.
  • Increased Customer Satisfaction: Improved delivery times and quality led to higher customer satisfaction.

These results demonstrate the power of a unified agile framework supported by robust methodologies like DevSecOps and the principles outlined in the "Accelerate" book. By focusing on both the technical and cultural aspects of agile transformation, Tres Astronautas was able to achieve significant improvements in their delivery processes and overall organizational agility [1] [2].


The transformation journey at Tres Astronautas provided invaluable insights into building a high-performing agile organization. By embedding agile principles into their culture and processes, they achieved remarkable success in their technical deliveries. This experience showcases how agile methodologies, when properly implemented and supported by frameworks like DevSecOps and Accelerate, can lead to significant improvements in delivery success and organizational agility.


  1. What were the main challenges faced in the agile transformation at Tres Astronautas? The main challenges included fragmented delivery cycles, limited resources, legacy cultural mindsets, and the need to build trust within development teams. These issues hindered their ability to scale agile practices effectively across multiple projects and clients.
  2. How did DevSecOps and DORA metrics contribute to the transformation? DevSecOps integrated development, security, and operations, ensuring security at every stage of the development lifecycle, thus enhancing efficiency and reliability [1] [4]. DORA metrics (Deployment Frequency, Lead Time for Changes, Change Failure Rate, and Time to Restore Service) were used to gain insights into performance and drive continuous improvement, which are critical for measuring software delivery performance and guiding enhancements [3] [2].
  3. What cultural changes were necessary for the agile transformation? The transformation required a shift from legacy cultural mindsets to agile principles. This included moving away from traditional waterfall methods, embracing iterative development, and fostering a culture of transparency, collaboration, and continuous improvement [1] [2].
  4. What were the outcomes of the agile transformation at Tres Astronautas? The transformation led to an 83% increase in technical delivery success rates, enhanced delivery speed, a cultural shift towards sustained improvements and innovation, and increased customer satisfaction. These results demonstrate the effectiveness of a unified agile framework supported by methodologies like DevSecOps and principles from the "Accelerate" book [1] [2].

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