The defense industry, with its multi-billion dollar projects and contracts and multi-year timelines, has customarily built large cyber-physical products using waterfall project management methods. However, as technology advances rapidly and as the threat space within which these products operate continues to evolve, using the waterfall method to build such products no longer works. An alternative … Continue reading From waterfall to scaled agile framework : reasons for making the transition
SAFe 5.0 was a big release of SAFe, and responding to the demands of companies undergoing digital transformation, business agility is front and centre of SAFe 5.0. Dean Lefingwell's conversation with Mik Kersten on the Project to Product podcast provides helpful insights for folks using SAFe or another scaling framework or even their homegrown framework … Continue reading Insights on using SAFe 5.0 to guide your digital transformation
Based on the work of the economist Dr. Carlota Perez, Mik Kersten describes in his book, Project to Product, how to survive and thrive in the age of digital disruption with the flow framework, what happens to companies as the transition happens from one technological age to the next. Each technological age brings with it a new … Continue reading How to win in the age of software : Ensure you execute your business and technology strategy in unison, with flow metrics.
Innovation is hard, scaling innovation is harder still. However, for businesses to compete and win in the age of software and digital, they need to innovate at scale and at speed. They need to bring to market digital products (software products or software enhanced physical products) quickly, learn from them and continually enhance them. Innovation … Continue reading Lean-Agile in practice : How to drive innovation at scale
DevOps is strategic : think of it is as agile for the digital age where the definition of done for a product has shifted from being ready for release to the product being live in production, with the product team actively learning from its usage to further develop the product. Do DevOps strategically to maximize developer productivity - a critical competitive advantage in the digital age , solve the last mile problem of software delivery and build products based on validated learning (a.k.a. lean product management) through DASA's (DevOps Agile Skills Association) comprehensive guidance. Check this succinct introduction to that guidance, so you reap the benefits of DevOps - high performing teams delivering business outcome through software based products.
Due to a confluence of factors, individuals and organizations are rushing to become agile. One of the visible factors driving this dash to agility is the publicly stated desire of most organizations to become more digital - become more software driven, by building and operating their business products as either purely digital products or physical … Continue reading Becoming an agile practioner : PMI -ACP guidance
Capgemini DevOps series, April 25, 2019 ( Image courtesy, Capgemini) DevOps is an expansive management practice hence challenging to do well but doing DevOps well is a strategic necessity. It is expansive because it touches various elements in the value stream of software development, software deployment and software operations . And it is a strategic … Continue reading DevOps in a day : Capgemini DevOps series, Toronto.
The thinking that Agile software development and DevOps are different and separate frameworks, and hence need to be adopted separately seems to be taking hold. This is obviously, incorrect and has insidious long term consequence as it will perpetuate the divide between Dev and Ops. Although, Agile software development preceded DevOps - Agile software development … Continue reading The business case for DevOps : Fully realize the business benefits of Agile software Development
To compete in the digital age , it is becoming increasingly important to move away from a activity based functional teams to multi disciplinary product teams consisting of business ( product owners, designers, UX , business analysts... ) and IT (developers, testers, security, operations .... ) folks. However, for the newly created product based teams … Continue reading Competing in the digital age with Lean Startup, Agile software development and DevOps
One of the key success factors in Agile and DevOps transformation is the culture of the teams and the organization. However, since culture is intangible it is difficult to get a sense of whether you are getting culture right or wrong. So, instead of getting caught up prematurely in the minutiae of how to get … Continue reading The culture conundrum : To succeed with Agile and DevOps transformation, you need to get the culture right.