7 Principles of Agile Enterprises


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The fastest moving enterprises share one thing in common: They don’t let today’s technology slow down tomorrow’s innovations. With first-hand insights from Jeff Sutherland, technology innovation expert, this slideshow discusses:

- Overcoming legacy ERP and CRM system roadblocks
- Never building anything twice at your organization
- Creating a feedback culture to spur innovation

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7 Principles of Agile Enterprises

  1. 1. P r i n c i p l e s o f A g i l e E n te r p r i s e s Shaping Today’s Technology Into Tomorrow’s Innovations7
  2. 2. Agile enterprises… 1. Prioritize with a pace layered application strategy. 2. Execute with a high level strategy. 3. Identify areas of opportunity. 4. Never build anything twice. 5. Harness the exponential pace of technology. 6. Create an enterprise-wide feedback culture. 7. Unmask innovation superheroes. Even the most experienced Agile IT teams have a hard time keeping up with the rising demand for new business applications. When it comes to supporting these teams, Jeff Sutherland – co-creator of the widely adopted Scrum development methodology – says “it’s all about adaptability.” The problem is simple: Yesterday’s enterprise technology is too rigid to support today’s demands for new and improved business applications. View this slideshow to learn how the world’s elite organizations maintain market leadership in highly competitive industries by embracing adaptability as a key growth enabler. P r i n c i p l e s o f A g i l e E n t e r p r i s e s Shaping Today’s Technology Into Tomorrow’s Innovations7
  3. 3. Prioritize with a pace layered application strategy. Agile enterprises prioritize their systems by pace layers, or the speed at which they need to adapt. They don’t let Systems of Record (like ERP or CRM) get in the way of differentiating and innovative applications. While Systems of Record are vital to everyday business processes, they require substantially more resources to change. Agile enterprises take advantage of rapid application delivery frameworks to build new differentiating and innovating applications on top of their Systems of Record. 1 “Speed and agility have become a business mandate in our industry.” Richard Warner, CIO, LV= Insurance
  4. 4. Execute with a high level strategy. Agile enterprises acknowledge the Pareto Principle, wherein 80% of a project’s effects come from 20% of its causes. With this in mind, they start executing with high level requirements, knowing that feedback on each iteration will further shape their idea. Rather than getting caught up in the details of a new project, Agile enterprises start executing with a high level strategy and develop their concepts iteratively. 2 “There are a bunch of myths about innovation. A lot of innovation, even radical innovation, is caused by small steps.” Jeff Sutherland, co-creator of Scrum
  5. 5. Identify areas of opportunity. Agile enterprises are resourceful in their pursuit of innovative applications that enable them to maintain their market leadership. They continuously renew value in past technology investments by extending existing Systems of Record with new user interfaces, built-in business logic, and augmented data structures that streamline and automate inefficient business processes. These enterprises don’t have the words ‘rip’ nor ‘replace’ in their vocabulary. 3 “Platform as a service is the next step in a long evolution of advancements within application development.” Eric Rawlings, CTO, Digital Risk LLC
  6. 6. Never build anything twice. Agile enterprises are always on the hunt for development synergies that save time and resources. Sharing and re-using application components in a central and secure Enterprise App Store assures that time spent building new applications is time spent creating new business value – not reinventing the wheel. Agile enterprises spend their resources carefully; that means never building anything from scratch when someone else in the organization has already built it. 4 “We are under exponentially increasing pressure to be more cost effective.” Jim Winburn, CTO & Co-Founder, Acorn Applications LLC
  7. 7. Harness the exponential pace of technology. The exponential speed of technological advancement reflects the compounding nature of innovation. Agile enterprises know this and utilize new technologies to make their own technology better, faster, smarter, and more adaptive. They build the pursuit of innovative technologies into their overall innovation process. Companies that fail to adopt new expertise and tooling ultimately fail to push their own technology forward at the rate their market requires. 5 “Waiting several years or even six months is no longer acceptable from a business standpoint.” Eric Rawlings, CTO, Digital Risk LLC
  8. 8. Create an enterprise-wide feedback culture. Agile enterprises bring an iterative methodology to all of their projects. They create a feedback culture that rewards product owners with valuable insights and fosters cross-functional collaboration. These teams release early, and release often knowing that requirements and priorities will likely have changed by the time they’re ready for their next iteration (see Principle #2). The consistent capture of new feedback enables Agile enterprises to continuously adapt their systems and processes. 6 “Scrum is really taking over the way of working, not only in IT, but it’s starting to spread outside of IT.” Jeff Sutherland, co-creator of Scrum
  9. 9. Unmask innovation superheroes. There are members of every organization that hold expertise in multiple disciplines, demonstrating a propensity for technology as well as their particular business function. Agile enterprises know that this perspective has an advantage in conceptualizing and executing innovative applications. Whether they come from IT or business backgrounds, these ‘superheroes’ are recruited, conditioned, and tasked with turning innovative and differentiating ideas into reality. 7 “It’s a technical business analysis domain that allows us to build deep functionality.” Rod Willmott, Fast Track Innovation Director, LV= Insurance
  10. 10. Do you work for an Agile enterprise? Ask yourself: 1. Are our new differentiating and innovative applications held back by Systems of Record? 2. Do we extensively document requirements prior to developing a new application? 3. Does our IT team spend the majority of their time maintaining existing systems? 4. Do our development teams work in siloes, building the same software over and over? 5. Does my company’s competitors use more advanced technology than we do? 6. Are our projects executed without transparency and broad stakeholder input? 7. Do colleagues constantly come up with ‘work-arounds’ for technical inefficiencies? ? share this presentation
  11. 11. This presentation is brought to you by Mendix. The Mendix App Platform was built for Agile teams, by Agile teams. Mendix is the app platform company for the enterprise. We enable companies to build, integrate and deploy web and mobile applications faster and with better results, effectively driving ROI in days not months. For more information and to start building applications today, visit now.mendix.com. © Mendix Inc. 2013. All Rights Reserved Executive On-demand Webinar Harness Your Organization’s Agile Potential Watch this executive on-demand event featuring Dr. Jeff Sutherland, co- creator of Scrum, and one of the founders of the Agile movement, as he discusses the evolution of Scrum, and how businesses are more quickly “going Agile” to propel innovation and market leadership. You’ll learn how Scrum can enable your team to accelerate the process of innovation and about the tools and technologies that enhance Agile excellence in organizations of any size. Mendix.com/SutherlandWebinar Dr. Jeff Sutherland share this presentation