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The objective, experience-based opinion and insight found in Cutter Business Technology Journal gives your organization the skills and vision it needs to address the spectrum of challenges ongoing business model changes and new technologies bring.
When we set out to implement Agile, or Lean, or any of the other flavors of management, we must first and constantly ask, "Am I building a practical system that will let professionals produce the most value for the customer and the company and not cause unexpected internal strife? In their own ways, the authors of the five articles in this issue of Cutter IT Journal ask this question and show either theoretically or directly how real systems engage real people.
- Practical Management: Lean and Beyond -- Opening Statement
- Managing for Continuous Improvement Using the Improvement Kata and Coaching Kata
- Managing Complexity: Creating Leaders at All Levels
- How Lean Management Systems Can Enable Agile at Scale
- Goal #1: From Activity to Action
- Practical Lean Software Development for Microenterprises
In this issue of Cutter IT Journal, we address the timely topic of managing enterprise IT infrastructure. We examine key issues and challenges in managing the ever growing and changing IT landscape, and outline promising new takes on infrastructure management.
- Software Infrastructure Management Strategies -- Opening Statement
- Software-Defined Networks: On the Road to the Softwarization of Networking
- Management Strategies for Software Infrastructure in Large-Scale Cyber-Physical Systems for the US Navy
- Getting Cloud (and Non-Cloud) Web Application Performance Testing Right
- SDI and DevOps: You Need to Get Ready Now, But Tread Carefully
- Supporting Software Infrastructure Management Through Dashboards
In this issue, we investigate how production management can benefit from embracing recent developments in ICT by providing insights into the practical use of these technologies from industry experts and researchers.
- Next-Generation Production Management -- Opening Statement
- Novel Control Strategies for the Production Ramp-Up of Aircraft Using Distributed Decision Support Solutions
- Living Labs: The Way to Successful Introduction of Innovations in Production Management
- Turning Your Legacy Systems into Future Profit: Innovation in Production Management
- A Multi-Agent System Tool for Strategic Planning in Small-Lot Production Environments
There can be no illusions that the transition to Agile won't impact the organization. There will be effects on the organizational structure, hiring practices, funding/budgeting approaches, HR reviews, and more, if the transition is to be successful. Fortunately, our authors in this issue have encountered both the problems I've listed and the solutions to them. They provide practical advice from real-world situations to manage the difficulties you will encounter.
As with the evolution of architecture in enterprises, accidental emergence was the invisible hand behind the architecture of this issue of Cutter IT Journal. You will see that each of the five articles deals with a very different facet of architecture. While these do not represent the totality of everything needed to make architecture successful, I hope you will see, as I do, that these five are some of the most significant aspects that we need to wrap our minds around.
- Enterprise Architecture: Toward a More Perfect Union Between Business and IT -- Opening Statement
- Reconceptualizing the IT Delivery Model and the Role of Enterprise Architect
- Business Architecture Tames the Wicked Problem of Portfolio Management
- Putting Architecture Back into Agile
- Enabling Successful EA Governance with an Architecture Review Board
- Architecture in the New Style of IT