Lean-Agile in practice : How to drive innovation at scale

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

DASA competence & reference model : Using the best of Agile and DevOps to become a high performing product team

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.

Becoming an agile practioner : PMI -ACP guidance

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

DevOps in a day : Capgemini DevOps series, Toronto.

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 business case for DevOps : Fully realize the business benefits of Agile software Development

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

Competing in the digital age with Lean Startup, Agile software development and DevOps

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

The culture conundrum : To succeed with Agile and DevOps transformation, you need to get the culture right.

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.

Succeeding with DevOps: Google’s DevOps survey findings mapped to DASA’s DevOps competence model

DASA DevOps Competence Model First the expected good news,  "Harvard Business Review Analytic Services Study Competitive advantage through DevOps" -  a survey sponsored by Google Cloud , confirmed that DevOps delivers key business results. Survey respondents who adopted the DevOps approach say that it has improved speed to market ( named by 70%), productivity (67%), … Continue reading Succeeding with DevOps: Google’s DevOps survey findings mapped to DASA’s DevOps competence model

Redefining and reinventing project management for today’s post industrial digital age

In many organizations, employees know more about their work than their managers. This reality should force organizations that still cling to the old, top-down style of managing to recognize that many employees today are very capable of managing themselves https://iveybusinessjournal.com/publication/a-new-role-for-management-in-todays-post-industrial-organization/ With this opening salvo, Mitch McCrimmon writing in the Ivey Business Journal, gets to the … Continue reading Redefining and reinventing project management for today’s post industrial digital age

Getting DevOps right : It is not just about technology, leadership and management matters

It is a truism that to realise the benefits of a technology driven change initiative the focus has to be on deliberate leadership and management of the initiative, rather than an exclusive focus on technology and tools. However, that obvious truth gets lost, in the euphoria and excitement about the latest technology, especially in technologically … Continue reading Getting DevOps right : It is not just about technology, leadership and management matters