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Cutter has no off-the-shelf consulting solutions — we view each assignment as unique, assembling a team custom-fit for your requirements, culture, budget, and business drivers. From business technology strategy development to enterprise architecture assessments, digital business transformation, to developing a customized software development framework, Cutter's experts deliver powerful solutions. See sample Cutter Consulting offerings by selecting one or any of the practice areas below.

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Dr. Alexandre Rodrigues

Agile-EVM Performance Measurement Workshop

Alexandre Rodrigues
Measure and Manage Performance in Your Agile Projects

Agile adoption goes hand in hand with abandoning so-called traditional project management. Yet new projects are continously faced with legitimate management questions. Now you can answer these questions with confidence when you adapt the Earned Value Management method (EVM) into your Agile product development process.   


Strategy Execution Lifecycle Assessment and Recommendations

Whynde Kuehn

This engagement will help your organization increase the effectiveness of its strategy execution life cycle, starting with strategy and objective formulation and translation, to business and IT initiative planning, through project execution. You'll discover fast and effective ways to turn business strategy into action, ensuring not only survival, but prosperity.


Digital Transformation Readiness Assessment

Digital Transformation Readiness Assessment

Steve Andriole
Assess Your Digital Transformation Opportunities | Plan Your Projects


Steve Andriole

Reshape IT for Digital Transformation

Steve Andriole

IT can be a powerful force in helping organizations go digital. But many CIOs need to overhaul their own organizations first. This 10-day assessment will help you position IT to drive DT.


Navigating Business Transformation Change

Leaders who implement digital transformation through a top-down approach, consultant-led approach, or IT-led approach often ignore the conditions that prompted the need for digital transformation in the first place. They decide how to solve the problem without considering the organizational dynamics, behavioral habits, and culture that created the problem. In a rush to make a significant change, leaders decide to postpone dealing with human issues until after critical decisions are made and the transformation is underway. This approach spells failure. 


Rob Austin

Digital Transformation & Innovation Executive Education

Cutter Consortium offers Executive Education days — singly or in a series — designed to move your entire team up the Digital Transformation learning curve.


Gabriele Piccoli

Extracting Business Value from Digital Data Streams

Gabriele Piccoli, Federico Pigni, Raad Siraj

Are there opportunities you’re missing to mine your organization’s data, to create value from the real-time flow of big data? Can you achieve improved customer experience through increased, data-based experimentation?


Greg Smith, Senior Consultant

Transitioning to Digital

Greg Smith, Carl Bate

Cutter Senior Consultants Greg Smith and Carl Bate can assist with digital strategy development, right through to advising on the changes needed to enable your organization to be more agile, collaborative, innovative, and fast as it pursues new business strategies. 


IT Org Assessment: Restructuring for Digital

IT Organizational Assessment: Restructuring for Digital

Advice on technology strategy, the skill gaps, and the new roles and responsibilities you need to ensure you have the expertise and the streamlined, agile organizational structure that digital demands.


Strategic Cloud Procurement Assessment

James Mitchell

Cutter Senior Consultant James Mitchell has developed a revolutionary way to determine how you can optimize your cloud use. Whether you’re moving to the cloud or looking to save on your cloud investment, Dr. James Mitchell provides the tools and insight to help you understand cloud procurement and optimize your cloud computing spend.


IT Management Training with Rob Austin and Sheila Cox

Robert Austin, Sheila Cox

Cutter Fellow Professor Rob Austin and Cutter Senior Consultant Sheila Cox have developed two frameworks for leadership training of IT management, which Cutter Consortium has been successfully applying at both large and small organizations worldwide. Taught together, the IT Leadership for Advanced Organizational Capabilities course with Rob Austin and the Personal Competencies: Enhancing Individual Performance with Sheila Cox complement each other perfectly. But they are also powerful when delivered independently. For more information on how you can deliver on the promise of IT through strong leadership, complete our form, call +1 781 648 8700, or send email to sales@cutter.com


Agile Leadership

Don MacIntyre

Don MacIntyre has led large and small engineering organizations through successful transformations. He’s helped many leadership teams become more supportive of their organizations. And now you can benefit from his on-the-job experience. Don MacIntyre’s 2-day Agile Leadership workshop is designed to help leaders succeed with their agile transformation and develop the leadership skills required to achieve organizational agility.


Agile Management

Murray Cantor

Cutter’s Senior Consultants are experts in training management teams how to both meet the needs of the Agile development organization and pursue the strategic goals of the business. At the end of this two-day Agile Management session, your executives and managers will know how to balance empowerment with governance, align goals and metrics up and down the organization, and determine the exact amount of agility (or stability!) your organization needs to support its business objectives.


Invest in Business Architecture

William Ulrich

Develop a common voice, shared vision, and a degree of transparency that enable innovative solutions to major business challenges with business architecture consulting led by William Ulrich.


Agile Enablement

John Heintz, Don MacIntyre, Murray Cantor

Cutter Consortium's agile enablement engagement provides your organization with experienced, hands-on assistance to jump-start and guide your transition to agile methods. Cutter's team of experts helps you identify which agile practices will bring the greatest return on investment to your organization. Our goal: to enable you to implement agile methods quickly and effectively, shorten your product development schedule, and increase the quality of the resultant product.


Agile Assessment

John Heintz, Peter Kaminski, Don MacIntyre, Lynn Winterboer, Maurizio Mancini

A complete assessment of an organization's use of agile methods, its software engineering practices, and its project management skills and capabilities can be a significant undertaking, particularly for a large organization. Cutter's team is exceptionally skilled at performing the assessment you need.


Whynde Kuehn on Business Architecture

Establishing and Maturing a Business Architecture Practice

Whynde Kuehn

This workshop covers how to establish and mature all aspects of a business architecture practice such as defining value proposition and measuring value, creating a roadmap for the practice, defining governance, selecting tools and defining organizational structures. 


Technical Debt Assessment and Valuation

Cutter Consortium

In a Technical Debt Assessment and Valuation, Cutter's Senior Consultants examine the quality of the software under examination through technical and business lenses.


Data Analytics Ideation session with Vinay Venkatraman

Data Analytics Ideation

Vinay Venkatraman

Are you fully leveraging your organization’s data – both structured and unstructured – and putting Big Data Analytics to work to improve decision making, performance, and success? With the right knowledge and skills, you can combine and analyze data from myriad sources to identify patterns previously obscured, and apply predictive analytics to enable better decision making and new, superior strategies and approaches.


Thriving Through Technology-Driven Turbulence

Jan Damsgaard

Business models are being disrupted across industries by savvy new entrants to markets who are leveraging emerging technologies and the latest digital practices. How is your executive team responding to technology-driven turbulence in your industry and in your marketplace?


IT Governance and Product Prioritization

Cutter Consortium

Members of the Cutter team can assess and analyze your governance processes and craft solutions that are tailored to your organization's profile and nuances. Such solutions will enable you to maximize the value your IT team's services contribute to the success of the enterprise.


Software Development Analytics

Murray Cantor

Cutter’s modern analytics in software development consulting, led by Cutter Senior Consultant Dr. Murray Cantor, delivers real-time knowledge about your software development operation and the adjustments you can make to deliver optimal business value — whether the goal is better financial outcomes, faster time to market, or operational efficiency.


Supporting Go/No-Go Investment Decisions with Technical Due Diligence

For venture capitalists and M&A pros who need to make quick go/no-go investment decisions, we offer a streamlined variant of our Technical and Process Review. What makes it a finely honed tool for evaluating investment decisions?


Technical and Process Review

The Power of Combining Qualitative Assessment with Quantitative Analysis

The fact of the matter is, often times you are at loss as to how to improve your software. You know it needs improving because you can identify the symptoms -- perhaps poor business results, late delivery, inadequate quality or low productivity -- but their root cause is not so clear. What's more, the cause is often the subject of ruthless debate amongst your superiors, peers, and subordinates.


Executive Education: Sample Curriculum

Gather leaders from all areas of your company and spend from a 1/2 day to a week honing the skills and building the teams that will lead your company to the next level. We'll customize a curriculum that combines case studies and lectures taught by Cutter's experts and guest professors from leading b-schools and that will serve as a foundation for clarifying your strategy and its execution.


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Philip O'Reilly
Article

Beyond Fintech: New Frontiers — Opening Statement

by Philip OReilly

This issue focuses on key topics of interest for financial services organizations, namely equity crowdfunding, legacy systems migration, robo-advisors, test outsourcing, and refining the reconciliation process.


Bhardwaj Velamakanni
Advisor

Implementing Design Thinking in Agile

by Bhardwaj Velamakanni

This Advisor presents an overview of improving Agile techniques and practices by using design thinking within the Agile space and describes three techniques from design thinking methodologies that tend to yield benefits to Agile practitioners.


Gustav Toppenberg
Executive Update

Data’s Story: An Enterprise Asset in the Digital Backbone

by Gustav Toppenberg

The existence of a digital backbone in an organization means that anyone aspiring and planning to transform different parts of the enterprise can leverage the digital backbone in a consistent and sustainable way, ensuring that each transformation effort connects and leverages a common platform. Digital transformation leaders are starting to realize that a powerful digital services backbone to facilitate rapid innovation and responsiveness is key to successfully executing on a digital strategy.


Effort score and priority rank for requirements in our sample project.
Executive Summary

Can We Measure Agile Performance with an Evolving Scope? An EVM Framework (Executive Summary)

by Alexandre Rodrigues

Can a method like EVM, developed to control projects with well-defined objectives, be applied to control product development initiatives that evolve continuously toward a “moving target”? In an Agile environment, we are faced with the dynamic evolution of a finite boundary of integrated scope, cost, time, and resources; this finiteness — essential for business management and decisions — is the cradle for project management techniques, tools, methods, and frameworks. The EVM method was first developed to help with managing complex R&D projects mostly characterized by an unstable, volatile, and evolving scope. It is therefore no surprise that EVM applies to Agile projects.


Article

The Frontier of Fintech Innovation — Opening Statement

by Philip OReilly

It’s a pleasure for me to introduce the first of two special issues of Cutter Business Technology Journal (CBTJ) showcasing the thought leadership and cutting-edge research and development (R&D) being done in State Street Corporation’s Advanced Technology Centres in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) and Asia Pacific (APAC), in partnership with University College Cork (UCC) and Zhejiang University (ZJU), respectively. The articles in this issue represent a small sample of the output from the R&D undertaken in these centers, which combine academic excellence with real industry impact.


Executive Update

Business Architecture’s Role in Crisis, Risk, and Compliance Management

by William Ulrich

Every business must deal with crisis, risk, and compliance challenges. Teams chartered with addressing these challenges are often split across business units and regions, which fragments crisis, risk, and compliance management efforts. Business unit silos and related complexities obscure ecosystem transparency, which in turn constrain an organization’s ability to identify risks, assure compliance, and prevent and disarm crises. Business architecture delivers business ecosystem transparency as a basis for improving a business’s ability to collectively address challenges related to crisis, risk, and compliance. 


Curt Hall
Advisor

Building New Business Models with Blockchain

by Curt Hall

Organizations are using blockchain to create new business models — exploiting its capabilities for optimizing contract management, financial transaction management, and identity management.


Nine Policy Recommendations for Managing Technical Debt
Executive Update

Managing Technical Debt: Nine Policy Recommendations

by Rick Brenner

For technology-dependent products, companies, institutions, and even societies, sustainability depends on learning how to manage technical debt. Like most transformations, incorporating new practices into our organizations will likely be an iterative process. We already recognize the problem, and researchers are making progress, albeit mostly on technical issues. This Executive Update proposes a policy-centered approach to the problem. It begins with a principle that can serve as a guide for constructing technical debt management policy, and then shows how to apply that principle to develop nine recommendations that enable organizations to manage technical debt effectively.


Bhardwaj Velamakanni
Advisor

Emerging Agile Anti-Patterns

by Bhardwaj Velamakanni

Agile methodologies, however popular they are, bring their own sets of “smells” and anti-patterns to the table, sometimes causing irreparable damage to the team. While the sources of these smells are many, one of the primary culprits is the mindset that treats Agile as “yet another methodology,” totally ignoring the cultural aspect. This article throws light on some of the prominent smells that are emerging of late in the Agile world.


Jens Coldewey
Advisor

Middle Management in Flux

by Jens Coldewey

If you start changing an organization toward an Agile mindset, there’s no real end. Agile is about creating an organization of continuous learning and the transformation is done when there is nothing new to learn, which will probably be never. This puts an enormous challenge on middle management.


Article

Business Opportunities in the New Digital Age — Opening Statement

by San Murugesan

The articles in this issue present perspectives and ideas on business transformation in the digital age. We hope they will inspire and encourage you to visualize the likely future of business in your domain and to explore the opportunities it presents. Finally, we hope their insights will help you identify suitable transformation strategies and plans and, if needed, choose viable collaboration models for partnering with startups and other firms in your digital business efforts.


Advisor

Unlocking Value from Digital Initiatives

by Joe Peppard, by John Thorp

Beyond buzzwords, what we are seeing is a seismic shift in the role of technology in organizations. Technology is more and more embedded in everything we do as we move into an increasingly hyper-connected digital world, a world in which technology is driving significant social, organizational, and industry change.


Digital Data Steams impact bottom line
Webinar

Improve Customer Experience — Leverage Your Digital Data Streams

by Federico Pigni, by Gabriele Piccoli

In this on-demand webinar, you'll discover the strategic and tactical opportunities made possible by Digital Data Streams and the opportunities for improved customer experience made possible by DDS.


Lou Mazzucchelli
Advisor

Why Are They Twittering? A Modest Proposal

by Lou Mazzucchelli

At the Cutter Digital Transformation & Innovation Bootcamp, Cutter Fellow and Harvard Business School Professor Karim Lakhani talked about digitally-driven disruption of traditional business models for value creation and capture, discussing platform models like Facebook and Twitter. To date, Twitter has clearly done a good job “creating value.” But unlike Facebook, it continues to struggle with the capture part of the equation.


social collaboration
Executive Update

Seven Ways to Gamify Social Collaboration

by Phaedra Boinodiris

Social collaboration is not about technology. It’s about connecting people, and it’s changing the way business is being conducted. Similarly, gamification is not about games. It’s about motivating the per­sonal and professional behaviors that drive business value. Together, social collaboration and gamifi­cation help companies reap great benefits — among them, the ability to deepen customer relationships, drive operational efficiencies, and optimize their workforce. 


Figure 1 — Tracing a roadmap to projects.
Advisor

Using Roadmaps Strategically

by Roger Evernden

Roadmaps have two key functions in strategy planning. The first is to outline planned architectural changes that will deliver the required strategies; the second is to outline alternative ways to achieve the same results.


Article

Technology Trends, Predictions, and Reflections 2017: Opening Statement

by Cutter Team

Just as recent global events have given us reason to pause and reflect, the pace of technology emergence and disruption is proving to be a source of inspiration and uncertainty. Transitioning to a digital world is front-of-mind for many business executives, yet finding the right path is an ongoing challenge. So we asked Cutter’s team of experts for their insights on some of the technologies, trends, and strategies that will be relevant in 2017 and beyond. In typical Cutter Business Technology Journal fashion, our call produced a wide range of opinions and reflections worthy of consideration as you chart your business technology journey for the new year.


Article

AGI: A Threat, an Opportunity, or an Inevitable Unknown for 2017?

by Alexandre Rodrigues

Artificial general intelligence (AGI) is currently emerging as an area where recent developments are likely to have a major impact on the way organizations do business, societies organize themselves, and even on how we address values and ethics.

The fact is that AGI already exists in our daily life. A common example is the GPS systems present in many new cars manufactured today; and let’s not forget the drones being used to deliver pizzas and cars that drive themselves. While automatic pilots have been used in commercial planes for quite some time, what AGI is about to offer to general business and human activity is well beyond what most of us have seen so far.


Article

The Tech-Driven Tech Backlash

by Carl Pritchard

2017 is going to be a year of strange winners, and perhaps the strangest of all will be a giant leap away from technology and back to solutions that don’t rely on 24/7 connectivity. With the onslaught of major hacks and Facebook embarrassment, the antitech crowd may have its best year in decades. 


Article

Rapid Technology Innovation in Blockchain: Should You Be on the Front Lines?

by Nate OFarrell

One of the most prevalent blockchains in the world, Ethereum, is poised to switch from a proof-of-work (POW) algorithm to a proof-of-stake (POS) algorithm, likely in 2017, with the release of the Casper codebase. Why does this matter? Because blockchain technology is becoming increasingly relevant and prevalent in businesses across the globe. It holds great potential to disrupt how businesses perform basic transactions, from payments, to programmable, self-executing contracts, to identity verification.