Adaptiveness for a 3D printed housing startup

About the company

Mighty Buildings is a construction technology company based in Oakland, USA

  • Product – 3D printed houses (including 3D printing technology, advanced materials, and robotic automation)
  • 10 teams working in an R&D office, developing the entire product

Initial state

We observed:

  • 10 Product Owners and 10 Product Backlogs 
  • multiple dependencies between teams
  • high utilization levels in Sprint and an inability for teams to react to requests from other teams and/or emergent work
  • low adaptiveness
  • local team identity (“this is our part/work/backlog/OKR”)
  • local OKRs(s) that amplify focus on the parts, local backlogs, and local team identities
  • long lead times (T2M)

Expected Outcomes by the Customer

  • Reduced development Cycle Times 
  • Increased adaptiveness and ability to innovate
  • Increased understanding of the progress towards the goals (OKR, Product Goal) from the product perspective
  • More energized and motivated employees
  • Internal Scrum Masters that are capable of supporting a large-scale development independently

Course of Action

  • Management alignment workshop to define the desired outcomes
  • Optimization Goals workshop to define the organizational capabilities required to support the outcomeOptimization GoalsCLD Workshop
  • Town hall to communicate the change and start collecting feedback


  • Transformation Team lift-off + Transformation Backlog to provide transparency
  • Change vision workshop
  • Transformation Metrics workshop
  • Product definition workshop
  • Initial Product Backlog Refinement

Initial PBRInitial PBR

  • Educating the teams in new ways of working
  • Creating Definition Of Done
  • Defining Team Composition

Team Composition

  • Teams lift-off

Team Alignement

  • Facilitating the creation and launch of the communities
  • Supporting Scrum Events
  • Coaching the Product Owner and the Developers 
  • Mentoring Scrum Masters
  • Working with teams during the Sprints

Coaching TeamsProduction Line

Observed Outcomes: Increased adaptability supported by lowered Cycle Times

  • Product Pivot: from backyard studios to single-family homes
  • Several markets unlocked: the product is adapted, tested, and certified for 3 different markets with different requirements: wind load, fire resistance, earthquake resistance
  • 64m USD raised in funding during series B due to the achievement of traction goals
  • Technology scaled to industrial level to allow production plant opening to support demand