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The way we design business is undergoing profound transformation. For the past 100 years business design has been directly influenced by Frederick Taylor, focused on how we do work and how we can make it more efficient. The LEAN and Six Sigma movements are the visible manifestation of that thinking. Together with BPM they have focused on incremental improvements of primarily internal processes and tasks encoded in process orchestration and workflows that control how the enterprise works. But this is equivalent to looking in the rear view mirror to design tomorrows business. In this article we will look at three major trends that are going to break this conventional model. Smart behaviors enabling cross ecosystem processes Capability services (independent business components) enabling continuously evolving business models The convergence of consumer and business IT e... (more)

Transformation to Agile IT Delivery

The number one IT issue for all enterprises today is delivery - responding to business demand for change in ever faster timescales, at lower cost. But in the typical large enterprise, IT is widely perceived to be incapable of responding in a reasonable timeframe and cost. There are many, many reasons for this. Existing application portfolios are frequently a complete mess typically resulting from continual compromises made in order to deliver rapid business change, which commonly result in duplication, inconsistency and increased dependencies. Enterprise architecture typically fa... (more)

James Martin - A personal reflection

James Martin, technologist, methodologist, entrepreneur and philanthropist died Monday 24 June 2013 aged 79. I first came across James Martin in the early 1970s. I went to a lecture he gave in London, and he captivated an audience of about 100 people for 2 hours on the topic of real time systems design.  Later on I attended his famous seminars in London and Johannesburg. It was extraordinary how he held huge audiences for multi day sessions, with minimal audience interaction as he drove through the thousands of slides, delivered on two overhead projectors. In those days he was th... (more)

Agile Governance | @DevOpsSummit #Agile #DevOps #APM #Microservices

“Last year the decision was finally made to mandate Agile across our enterprise. The decision was taken, even though there were many unanswered questions. The assumption was that forcing the migration, along with adoption of popular “enterprise Agile methods” would ensure resolution of the outstanding questions. In practice, Agile methods have been very effective in delivering specific digital business initiatives. But almost inevitably the distribution and delegation of architecture has resulted in duplication, inconsistency and increased complexity, across all project types inc... (more)

Agile Adoption Failure By @DavidSprott | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

Understanding Agile Adoption Failure The most common concern our customers voiced in 2014 was the unexpected outcomes of Agile projects. They don't talk about failure as such. But they do talk about loss of consistency; inability to govern; lack of coordination and the increasing time-to-market caused by these precise issues. I was struck by the results of the Agile Adoption Experiences Survey 2014 published by Scott Ambler. The really significant result to me is that 40% of respondents rates their organizations adoption of Agile as neither a success or a failure. Add to this the... (more)