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Steve Bell

How to Maximize your Investment in Big Data with Lean Thinking

by Steve Bell, by Karen Whitley Bell

In this on-demand webinar, you'll discover how you can combine big data analytics with a Lean approach to disciplined problem solving, enabled by a Lean management system, to optimize decision making, investment, and performance.

Steve Bell

The Essence of an Adaptive Learning Organization

by Steve Bell, by Karen Whitley Bell

A Lean management system encourages those closest to the customer, those who best understand the work, to own their processes, solve their problems, and make their own improvements and innovations, guided by the strategic priorities of the overall organization.


Maximize Your Return on Big Data Investments with Lean Thinking

Optimize your Big Data investments, decision making, and performance.

Gustav Toppenberg

Agile Portfolio Catalogs and Capability Roadmaps

by Gustav Toppenberg

Agile enterprise architecture (EA) is a concept that has emerged from a renewed interest in Agile delivery methods and approaches by enterprises. The practice highlighted here is meant to position two commonly used EA tools in a way that supports Agile leaders with the business alignment and prioritization challenges they face.

Karen Coburn

Top Intriguing Agile Product & Project Management Articles for 2016

by Karen Coburn

As has been our tradition for the last several years, we've compiled the most intriguing articles published by the Agile Product Management & Software Engineering Excellence practice this year for today's Advisor. How did we come up with this list? We chose the articles that garnered the most feedback from Cutter Members and clients and those that created controversy among Cutter Senior Consultants and Fellows.

Figure 2 — Assessing and choosing outcomes.

The Outcome Design Challenge

by Mike Clark

Outcomes are becoming the moments of truth for customers and employees alike, developing into the points where value is created for the business. Shifting the dial is not about changing capabilities; it’s about changing the way organizations look at what people really need and delivering that as an outcome. This is a competitive differentiator now and will become an essential hygiene factor for competing tomorrow.

David Bernstein
Executive Update

Teaching New Dogs Old Tricks

by David Bernstein

I've been in the software development industry for over 30 years, which is more than half my life. I love it, but I’ve had to undergo many changes over the years to stay current and valuable to the industry. Accord­ing to application developer Bob Martin, it’s possible that the number of professional software developers entering the job market doubles every five years. This means that 50% of software developers working professionally have less than two and a half years’ experience on the job. This is a scary thought for an industry that literally runs the rest of the world. This trend has been building for decades, and it’s getting worse. Because of the high demand for skilled programmers, computer science and software engineering curricula are now among the most popular in higher education, and there’s no sign of this letting up. But the skills students learn in school don’t always match well with what’s needed on the job.

Ram Reddy

Tackling Technology Debt

by Ram Reddy

It is nearly impossible to prevent technology debt from being created — ­product/service lifecycles are getting shorter, making time to market an imperative for which taking shortcuts becomes a necessity. However, the size and scope of the ­technology debt being created can be contained, and on rare occasions some technology debt can be ­prevented, with proper analysis of the impact of a ­proposed workaround on business process agility/scalability.