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From tanks to Teslas

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Imagine you devoted your career to building military tanks and you are damn good at it. One day Product manager asks you to build Tesla. Yesterday. In this talk, I will share lessons learned from management and development team perspectives on what it takes to build new product in lean startup mode in a classy long-standing IT company.

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From tanks to Teslas

  1. 1. From Tanks to Teslas Valerija Makijenko on behalf of Visma HoP team
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  3. 3. Development in Visma Enterprise division ╺ Portfolio ERP and HRM products for Enterprises ╺ Present in 8 countries, HQ Oslo ╺ ~600 developers ╺ Strengthening existing products/legacy ╺ Developing new ones: SaaS, hybrids, AI 3
  4. 4. Horizon Product Line Development ╺ 25 years mature on-prem and wed ╺ monolith with very broad business domain ╺ for public and private sector ╺ key user - specialist ╺ Database: ~ 2 000 tables with ~ 22 000 columns ╺ Delphi source code ~ 4 000 000 executable code rows ╺ Automation in place 4
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  6. 6. HoP available 1.2017 ╺ Self-service platform for employees: ╺ To resolve existing issues ╺ To bring more value to customers ╺ To prepare customers for cloud ╺ To be more efficient development 6
  7. 7. 7 autors Jānis Gorskis
  8. 8. autors Raimonds Mališevs
  9. 9. 10,000 users both on-prem and cloud forecasted break-even point in 2018 9
  10. 10. good feedback from users and customers satisfied business unit happy team 10
  11. 11. Our journey The rise of HoP 11
  12. 12. Our journey 12 2014 2015 2016 2017
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  16. 16. Our journey 16 2014 2015 2016 2017 UI Prototype User Research Validation with users BC approval
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  18. 18. 18 New BIG organisation Side project effect
  19. 19. Our journey 19 2014 2015 2016 2017 UI Prototype User Research Validation with users BC approval Discovery Development Forming the team
  20. 20. What took you so long 20
  21. 21. Our journey 21 2014 2015 2016 2017 UI Prototype User Research Validation with users BC approval Discovery Development Forming the team
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  23. 23. Our journey 23 2014 2015 2016 2017 UI Prototype User Research Validation with users BC approval Discovery Development Forming the team
  24. 24. ╺ Microservice based web application (8 microservices) ╺ 1.5 app ╺ Cloud concept proved ╺ No CD/CI ╺ No monitoring ╺ No go live experience 24 HOP year ago - Working prototype
  25. 25. What took you so long?! 25
  26. 26. 26 Innovati ona nad comfort zone Shooting both rabits Team formation was a pain
  27. 27. Our journey 27 2014 2015 2016 2017 UI Prototype User Research Validation with users BC approval Discovery Development Forming the team
  28. 28. Our journey 29 2014 2015 2016 2017Discovery Delivery CD/CI Synergy Early adopters UI Prototype User Research Validation with users BC approval Discovery Development Forming the team
  29. 29. Artūrs Ernštrets, produkta vadītājs, 10.2015
  30. 30. ● Automated deployment ● Automated E2E/performance testing ● Automated messaging
  31. 31. How you managed? 33
  32. 32. Managing and meeting expectations Striving for technical excellence Being extraordinary team
  33. 33. Management be involved Both be excited Team be responsible 35

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