Case StudyProduct Team: Evangelising The Product - Fostering a Customer-Centric Culture

Swedbank, a leading financial institution, faced challenges in creating a cohesive and customer-centric culture across its diverse teams. Despite having a solid product development process, there was a disconnect between different departments, leading to misaligned goals and a lack of understanding of customer needs. This fragmentation hindered the bank's ability to deliver consistent and high-quality customer experiences. Swedbank recognized the need to unify its teams under a common vision and foster a culture that prioritizes customer needs and feedback.

Fostering a Customer-Centric Culture

The Solution

Swedbank implemented a strategic approach focused on evangelizing the development process internally to promote a mature customer-centric culture.

  • Leadership Commitment: Senior leadership at Swedbank made a concerted effort to champion the importance of a customer-centric development process. They communicated the vision and benefits of this approach through regular town halls, internal newsletters, and team meetings.
  • Cross-Functional Workshops: The bank organized workshops and training sessions that brought together employees from various departments, including product development, marketing, customer service, and sales. These workshops aimed to foster collaboration, share customer insights, and align teams with the customer-centric vision.
  • Customer Feedback Integration: Swedbank established processes to regularly collect and share customer feedback across the organization. Tools such as customer satisfaction surveys, NPS (Net Promoter Score) data, and direct feedback from customer interactions were used to keep teams informed about customer needs and pain points.
  • Internal Evangelists: The bank identified and empowered internal evangelists—passionate employees who advocated for the customer-centric development process within their respective teams. These evangelists played a crucial role in spreading the message, sharing success stories, and encouraging their peers to adopt best practices.
  • Storytelling and Success Stories: Swedbank leveraged storytelling to illustrate the impact of a customer-centric development process. Success stories of how customer feedback led to process improvements and positive outcomes were shared widely to inspire and motivate employees.

Outcomes achieved

Implementing this approach led to significant improvements in Swedbank's organizational culture and business performance.
Unified Vision and Collaboration:

  • Enhanced Team Alignment: The practice of evangelizing the development process created a unified vision across departments. Teams were better aligned with the bank's customer-centric goals, resulting in more cohesive and collaborative efforts.
  • Increased Employee Engagement: Employees became more engaged and motivated as they understood the direct impact of their work on customer satisfaction. The internal evangelists played a key role in maintaining high levels of enthusiasm and commitment.
  • Improved Customer Experiences: With a stronger focus on customer needs and feedback, Swedbank was able to deliver more consistent and high-quality customer experiences. This led to higher customer satisfaction and loyalty.
  • Accelerated Innovation: The cross-functional collaboration and regular sharing of customer insights fostered a culture of continuous improvement and innovation. Teams were more proactive in identifying and addressing customer pain points, leading to faster and more effective process enhancements.
  • Sustainable Customer-Centric Culture: The ongoing efforts to evangelize the development process and prioritize customer feedback helped to embed a customer-centric mindset into the organization's DNA. This cultural shift positioned Swedbank to better adapt to changing customer expectations and market conditions.

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