Too big to fail – are you heading for disaster?
Is Scrum hurting your agility?
“Too big to fail” is a phrase used for large organisations for a few main reasons: If this organisation fails, the whole economy will ‘fail’. Think of large banks that had to be rescued by the government in various countries. If any initiative in this organisation fails, we can keep it afloat by burning up […]
Creating customers – the purpose of any product
By Chris Lukassen & Sjoerd Kranendonk By now, most organisations are using Scrum, however, many of them feel like the agility of their organisation has degraded, and they might be right! Often, using Scrum starts out as a way to improve development efforts coordinated within an IT division or department, but that is not the […]
Creating customers = not simply making your customers happy. Product-market fit Creating customers means finding a sustainable product-market fit. When found, the product is a solution for the customers who in turn create a market by their willingness to pay for it. It entails not just making a user happy, but turning a mere user […]
Bimodal IT – False dichotomy?
Minimum quality is constant & non-negotiable. This should be defined clearly and lived without compromise. However, some aspects of quality (above the defined/agreed minimum) could be considered luxury and are as such ‘promoted’ to features. For instance, when building cars, you want every car to pass mandatory safety regulations. And it may be your brand […]
Traditional IT is focused on “doing IT right”, with a strong emphasis on efficiency and safety, approval-based governance and price-for-performance. Agile IT is focused on “doing IT fast”, supporting prototyping and iterative development, rapid delivery, continuous and process-based governance, and value to the business (being business-centric and close to the customer). http://blogs.gartner.com/lydia_leong/2014/08/25/bimodal-it-vmworld-and-the-future-of-vmware/ Really? Do we […]