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Agile Portfolio Catalogs and Capability Roadmaps

by Gustav Toppenberg

The impact that providing a capability catalog and roadmap for the portfolio would have on Agile leaders is significant. Linking this portfolio catalog and roadmap to other efforts and capabilities across the enterprise ensures that there is continued alignment to the enterprise’s strategic direction and that teams are not recreating redundant capabilities but rather leveraging and reusing current capabilities in new, innovative ways.


The Needs of the Hour: Key Digital Leadership Qualities

by Nethaji Chapala

It is evident that traditional process- and workflow-oriented leadership styles are not enough to make organizations successful in their digital transformation journey. Digital leaders should have an entrepreneurial mindset, believe in collaboration, and exhibit the qualities of an adventurer. Below are the key differentiating qualities that digital leadership should have to carry out digital transformation and operations successfully.

Mike Burrows
Executive Update

Six (+1) Essential Strategies for Effective Lean-Agile Leadership

by Mike Burrows

This Executive Update describes six leadership strategies essential to successful Lean-Agile transformation, together with one bonus strategy (the “+1”). All seven strategies describe patterns observed across a range of organizations in the public and private sectors. They and their accompanying pitfalls highlight the need for a number of specific leadership behaviors.

Executive Update

How Three IT Organizations Used Data Virtualization to Deliver Benefits

by Kenneth Rau

In this Executive Update, we examine how three different IT groups used data virtualization for purposes other than supporting user queries to deliver significant benefits to their organizations.

Ram Reddy

Technology Debt Creation and Growth

by Ram Reddy

One major obstacle to business agility and innovation is technology debt (TD). TD obstacles manifest themselves as non-IT executives complain that “we can’t launch this new product/service as our IT systems will not allow us to.” From an IT standpoint, the inability of existing IT systems to support the proposed new product/service launch is a result of past technology “workarounds” that were implemented to meet an accelerated timeline or reduced budget.

Steve Bell

Applying Lean Practice to Promote Continuous Improvement

by Steve Bell, by Karen Whitley Bell

With the rush to new digital platforms, technology leaders often underestimate the value of continuous improvement. Many see it as a waste to invest in “fixing the old,” as it would leave fewer resources to develop “the new.” DevOps practices and cloud platforms can catapult enterprise technology forward, improving consumer responsiveness, time to market, throughput, and resilience, but they depend on continuous improvement to become internalized and self-sustaining.

Executive Update

A Policy Maker’s Definition of Technical Debt

by Richard Brenner

To ensure that the focus of any analysis of technical debt includes the real causes of technical debt, we must define it in terms that are unbiased relative to cause. One approach that meets this constraint is a definition not in terms of cause, but in terms of consequence. 

Cutter Consortium

Project Management in 2017

by Darren Dalcher

Attempting more demanding endeavors requires innovative methods for delivering, guiding, and managing projects. Meanwhile, the rise in complexity and uncertainty demands new ways of thinking about projects.