Applying modern software development methodologies can lead to substantial better performance in terms of reliability and productivity. But the implementation is far from easy. Let us share our experiences with this exciting journey.
With over 35 years professional experience in software product development, I have seen many methods come and go. It is exciting to see the industry has finally translated LEAN principles into software development with the introduction of concepts like Agile and Scrum. More recently, the industry has found ways to make this more scalable and to work efficiently in large software organisations.
But adopting these new methods is often a tough journey. Many principles are not well understood and as a senior manager it is not so easy to embed all this in a running business/ organisation and to realise the tangible promises of Agile. The Agile principle impacts almost all aspects of business including purchasing, finance and HR. It is hard work, but it is absolutely worth all the effort.
As a manager of 500+ engineers, I learned a lot. I am proud of what we achieved and passionate to share these experiences with others and help other organisations to realise substantial improvements in productivity, quality and flexibility. Let me be your running mate and help to run this journey faster.
Products come and go. In the end, the only sustainable competitive advantage is to to what extent you can learn and adapt to changing market conditions. So, let’s learn together. Here I share some of my views, on the next page, I share works of others I found very interesting. But all papers shared on these pages should be seen as the start of a discussion, not the end. Let’s use the blogs to have that discussion and learn together.
Harvard Business Review May 2016: Embracing Agile, by D. K. Rigby, J. Sutherland and H. Takeuchi
May 2016: Increase your return on failure, by J. Birkinshaw and M. Haas
July 2016: Beyond the Holacracy Hype, by E. Bernstein, J. Bunch, N. Canner and M. Lee