Expert Guidance to Ensure Business Agility & Top-Notch Systems & Software
Make your software, systems, and software organization a source of sustainable competitive advantage in an era characterized by constant change. Cutter’s community of international experts provides a steady stream of alerts, updates, reports, and virtual events to keep your teams on the cutting edge of new developments in software engineering excellence, product management, and enterprise agility.
With all that is new and changing before our eyes, we asked the Cutter Consortium team of experts to weigh in on the technologies, strategies, and business models that will have the most relevance this year and beyond.
Barry M. O’Reilly questions the validity of Agile practices. According to him, “The Agile movement’s focus on process as the solution to uncertainty has allowed technical quality to fall by the wayside, bringing even more doubt as to the ability of Agile to actually deliver.” O’Reilly contends that “only the people working directly with a problem can decide on tools and process in the evolving picture of their project, and their individual talents — not adherence to or avoidance of certain ideas — guide whether they achieve success or not.” What is your opinion on Agile versus talent, or is it Agile and talent?
Agile budgeting in the value streams is about products, rather than projects, forming the value stream portfolio. A product can already exist and generate value or can be an innovative idea that may turn into a component of the value stream portfolio.
To create an organization that can effectively respond to heightened customer centricity and product customization, you need effective and coordinated product development teams. To respond to customer needs quickly, teams need to be autonomous, empowered, self-organizing, and cross-functional. They must take high-level direction from management and then, through intense collaboration, complete work more quickly than their predecessors. In this Advisor, we share our thoughts on putting up guardrails for your teams.
Steve Andriole discusses the lack of technology regulatory action by the US government. He opens with the assertion that “the proliferation of misinformation on social media, drones flying in protected airspace, and the exploding personal surveillance of Americans are but three examples of the crying need for regulatory action.” Andriole details 10 technology areas in need of attention, and the associated guidelines, policies, and regulations that would go a long way in keeping technology misuse in check.
How should project teams corral the natural but emotional forces exerting pressure on project decision making and processes?
Here in Part XI, we discuss how completion time estimates are determined and the biases that affect those estimates.
In a recent on-demand webinar, “Using AI to Improve Agile Teams,” Cutter Consortium Senior Consultant Jon Ward described a team that was able to cut time-to-market in half and reduce the cost to deliver by 60% by using Agile with artificial intelligence (AI). He addressed how AI could be used to further enhance a team’s productivity, where AI might inhibit it, and outlined where AI can be used to improve your productivity. This Advisor shares some of the questions Jon responded to at the end of the webinar, which you may also be considering.