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Software architecture requires balance. During the 20 years I’ve been leading technology organizations to build products, mostly via Agile, I’ve learned some rules that have helped me — and my teams — successfully strike the right balance. These aren’t technically focused rules; they’re more generic, so they apply to monolithic, layered, service-oriented, and microservice architectures equally well. One of these rules is the subject of this Advisor.
July 3, 2019 | Authored By: Bob Galen

Hacker turned software researcher turned system engineer; manager turned leader turned navigator, Erik Schön has developed people, products, and, organizations for 20+ years in complex, global R&D environments. Recently, as one of the navigators of a large-scale Agile/Lean journey, he helped 40+ development teams become more, faster, better, and happier in a 2,000+-person product development unit in 10 locations. Currently, he heads Erlang Solutions Nordic, evolving the open source Erlang/Elixir/OTP software development ecosystem. He can be reached at…

Zuzana “Zuzi” Šochová is an independent Agile coach and trainer and a Certified Scrum Trainer with the Scrum Alliance with more than 15 years’ experience. She has implemented Agile transformation in many companies and teams around the world. By creating and sustaining Agile leadership, Ms. Šochová believes the worlds of work and life can be happier and more successful. She is the founder of the Czech Agile Association and the AgilePrague conference, a member of the Scrum Alliance board of directors, and an author of The Great Scrum Master: #ScrumMasterWay. She can be…

This Executive Update introduces a timely, new Agile event: consequence scanning. This event fits into an iterative development cadence and allows organizations to consider the potential consequences of what is being built — early and often. We explain the need to embed proactive and dedicated consideration of potential consequences within an organization’s product development and outline how best to do it with consequence scanning.
June 17, 2019 | Authored By: Samantha Brown, Rachel Coldicutt
Many companies are unsatisfied with their innovation efforts and part of this is undoubtedly due to challenges around ideation and idea management. The required contribution of breakthrough innovation is ever-increasing, adding to this pressure. However, it is clear that some companies have developed strong processes and are reaping the rewards. The best practices outlined in this Advisor can help.
June 27, 2019 | Authored By: Ben Thuriaux, Frederik van Oene
It’s the year 2020. The popularized notion of “Agile development” has now been around for the better part of at least two decades. To no one’s surprise, the concept of Agile has sprung new trunks, branches, twigs, and leaves and is now an entire genus, sometimes making the proto-Agile ideas unrecognizable. These new flavors, colors, and shapes can be described as evolutions of the original concepts. Or can they?
April 29, 2020 | Authored By: Hillel Glazer
Theresa Jefferson and Gloria Phillips-Wren discuss modeling for disaster response. This is vital for practitioner/manager decision making to reduce the impact of a natural or man-made disaster. The authors examine the concept of technology embeddedness, noting that emergency managers must trust the technology and show a preference to use it prior to an actual disaster; the time to integrate technology into disaster recovery operations is not during a disaster. They explain how to effectively appropriate, integrate, and use modeling technologies for disaster response and, therefore, recovery.
June 11, 2019 | Authored By: Theresa Jefferson, Gloria Phillips Wren
Software evolves in the environment of the marketplace, where the forces of innovation, cost reduction, growth, regulation, and coevolution drive change. As with biological evolution, only the fittest will survive.
September 24, 2019 | Authored By: Joost Visser
The more organizations shift toward Agile, the more they need to redesign how they work with employees, how they search for new employees, and how they nurture employees’ development and careers. This Advisor describes the fundamental shift HR needs to make to support agility. Indeed, in an Agile organization, HR must shift its focus to the overall employee experience, choosing an employee-centric approach over the governance role that traditional HR departments often hold.
September 19, 2019 | Authored By: Zuzana Sochova

Luis Díaz Stoffel is a Senior Consultant with Cutter Consortium’s Business Agility & Software Engineering Excellence practice. He is also Director and Enterprise Lean-Agile Coach at Valueinnova Cono Sur (Southern Cone). His principal objective is to help organizations and individuals be successful, through training and mentoring programs that allow people to apply Lean-Agile, Agile testing, serious games, communication techniques, and mindset change. Mr. Díaz Stoffel specializes in mentoring and developing project teams as well as combining Lean-Agile, Agile testing, traditional…

Artificial intelligence (AI)-based cybersecurity solutions offer significant advantages with respect to threat detection, response time, and, most important, reduction in false positive alerts.
October 10, 2019 | Authored By: Prerna Lal
As companies move toward solving more of their critical everyday needs with advanced technology, almost all report suffering from a shortage of skills to handle wave after wave of new technologies. This Advisor explores the skills shortage in Industry 4.0.
August 29, 2019 | Authored By: Barry M. O'Reilly
There is a wealth of evolving business and IT strategies, disciplines, and technologies, but many of these concepts are technology-driven and lack a unifying vision. The cognitive enterprise, on the other hand, offers a business-driven vision for organizations where technology is merely a means to an end. This Executive Update outlines the purpose of the cognitive enterprise, its two fundamental underlying concepts, common scenarios that manifest within a cognitive enterprise, and how to position organizations to achieve this vision.
August 14, 2019 | Authored By: William Ulrich
An understanding of the interplay of human users with automation, the underlying system actors (business applications, data, etc.), the business process, and the overall value chain is complex. What better way to keep human users at the center of auto­mation design than the use of design thinking? Design thinking has already been established as the best way to create solutions for wicked problems that cannot be solved by reasoning alone. By adapting design thinking for smart automation, we can analyze the problem space better and incrementally improve on the solution, moving toward success while considering human factors. The design thinking process has five stages: empathize, define, ideate, prototype, and test. Let’s investigate how we can adapt it for smart automation initiatives.
September 11, 2019 | Authored By: Aravind Ajad Yarra
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.
February 5, 2020 | Authored By: Steve Andriole