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Training by Cutter Experts Gives Your Teams a Strong, Common Foundation

Cutter's experts create and deliver half-day to week-long workshops and training courses that will give your teams the skills they need. From agile development methods, to business architecture foundations, from mapping innovation to building Development IntelligenceTM capabilities into your organization, Cutter's workshops make it possible for your teams begin applying their new skills immediately. See sample Cutter Workshop & Training offerings by selecting one or any of the practice areas below.


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Digital Transformation & Innovation Bootcamp

Cutter’s Digital Transformation Bootcamp is designed to get a team thinking analytically and strategically about how its industry is changing. The Bootcamp immerses an executive team in the challenges and opportunities digital transformation presents so that they can walk away with new ideas and strategies that have been vetted by other smart business leaders.

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.   

Mastering Business Analysis

Discover how the business analyst is the driving force to change the business from its current way of working to the desired future state in this two-day workshop led by Cutter Fellow Tim Lister. 

Blockchain, the Shared Economy and Artificial Intelligence — The Dawn of the Digital Era

This Executive Roundtable examines why it is still the dawn of the digital age and phenomena such as blockchain, the shared economy, and artificial intelligence. You'll explore the true vocation of technology and the transformative potential to build the new Economy of distributed networks.

Maximize Your Return on Big Data Investments with Lean Thinking

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

Steve Andriole

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.

Essential Agile Management Tools

Managers must make decisions in conditions of greater uncertainty and complexity, face contradictory requirements and meet conflict head-on in order to reach our goals. This workshop with Jorge Ronchese will look at the new challenges traditional management faces, including:

Extracting Business Value from Digital Data Streams

Extracting Business Value from Digital Data Streams

A workshop focusing on the organizational and business advantages that can be achieved with Digital Data Streams.

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.

Extending the Business Architecture: From Strategy to Execution

William Ulrich

This course focuses on extending the basic business architecture through strategy, product, initiative and stakeholder mapping. You'll learn how to leverage business architecture to benefit related disciplines including business modeling, Lean Six Sigma, business process management and case management.

Business Architecture Immersion Workshop: Mexico City

William Ulrich

This workshop provides an overview of business architecture that will help you gain executive sponsorship, practice setup, achieve acceptance and utilization, and build out your business architecture baseline. (Held in Mexico City, presented in English and simultaneously translated.)

Agile: The Basics

Don MacIntyre, John Heintz, Murray Cantor, Maurizio Mancini

Cutter gets teams to the Agile starting line as quickly as possible. Cutter offers basic Agile training for teams who are new to Agile, as well as those who want to sharpen their Agile edge.

Executive Overview of Agile

Executive Overview of Agile

Don MacIntyre, Maurizio Mancini

This executive-level workshop provides answers to typical questions that arise during an Agile adoption, such as: How do we ensure the Agile teams are working in alignment with strategic objectives? How long does it take to start seeing results? What kind of executive-level support do Agile teams 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. 

Business Architecture Immersion

William Ulrich, Whynde Kuehn

This workshop provides an overview of busines architecture that will help you gain executive sponsorship, practice setup, achieve acceptance and utilization, and build out your business architecture baseline.

Agile Beyond the Team

Don MacIntyre, John Heintz, Maurizio Mancini

This workshop provides an overview of the practices beyond the original Agile core that are now common features of Agile, such as Kanban, continuous integration, story mapping, test-driven development, and more.

Agile Management

Murray Cantor

This workshop is designed to help managers and executives build a more agile organization -- one that is able to detect and react to change. 

Getting Better Customer Insights Faster

Lynn Winterboer, Don MacIntyre

Learn how to build a strategy around techniques including user experience (UX) design, software analytics, serious games, and even research techniques borrowed from anthropology and psychology.

Combining Agile Practices & Analytics

Murray Cantor

Discover a new menu- and principle-driven framework for software development — one that combines the best parts of today’s popular Agile practices with the application of software development analytics, enabling you to monitor the delivery of your software on an ongoing basis, with a strong focus on value-add.

Introduction to Agile Analytics

Lynn Winterboer

This workshop provides a greater understanding of the Agile approach in the context of Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence projects.

Business Architecture/IT Architecture Alignment

William Ulrich

This workshop discusses how to establish and map formal blueprints of your business and IT architectures and use these blueprints to interpret strategy, craft roadmaps, allocate funding and establish and govern project deployments.

Building a Business Architecture

William Ulrich

In this one-day workshop, William M. Ulrich delivers a comprehensive, industry-proven approach to building a business architecture that will help you turn business strategy into actionable results. At the end of this workshop, you’ll have gone through the basic steps of establishing your foundational business architecture, which includes a capability map, value streams, organizational map, information map and related, hybrid blueprints.

Navigating Organizational Change

Sheila Cox

In her workshop for IT leaders, Cutter Senior Consultant Sheila Q. Cox equips IT leaders with the insight, perspective, and tools to help users deal with the human side of IT-driven change.

Making Rational Cloud Computing Decisions

Claude Baudoin

In this one-day workshop, Cutter Senior Consultant Claude Baudoin alternates between short presentations on specific sub-topics and open, guided discussion, thus bringing out specific concerns and ideas that audience members may have.

Philip O'Reilly

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

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.


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

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

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

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.


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.


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

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

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.

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.


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.


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.


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. 


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.