Since we launched our Agile Digital Transformation Roadmap poster two weeks
ago, several hundred people around the globe have downloaded it - but it's
not clear how many of them have taken the time to work their way through it.
Haven't seen it yet, you say? No worries - you can download the poster for
free at AgileDigitalTransformation.com.
OK then - everyone have the poster handy? Good. Here's how to make sense of
So...Where's the Roadmap?
The first thing you'll notice about the ADT Roadmap is that it doesn't look
too much like the sort of roadmap you'd likely see in the course of your
work. There are no clear starting or ending points, and while the progression
generally goes from left to right, there are plenty of branches and
backtracks along the way.
Welcome to digital transformation, folks! Your transformation will also
likely have unclear endpoints, and ... (more)
In last week's Cortex newsletter, I introduced the following diagram of a
customer-centric digital architecture, where digital architecture is
shorthand for enterprise architecture that's laser focused on driving digital
Customer-Centric Digital Architecture
In the diagram above, the traditional architectural layers (represented here
as concentric bands) have been grayed out in favor of customer journeys that
cut across user interface, process, technology infrastructure, and data
concerns, instead focusing on the preferences and behavior of individual
In my last Cortex newsletter I explained that the trimodal pattern from Value
Chain Mapping wouldn't fix the well-known issues with bimodal IT. I've also
gone on the record taking issue with Gartner's questionable advice to let
slow go slow. Instead, my advice for getting out of the bimodal IT trap is to
Fix slow, you say? Easier said than done! After all, enterprises have been
struggling with legacy modernization and migration initiatives for decades,
with woefully limited success. Why should we expect any better luck this time
Even if we did have some magic ... (more)
Expanding DevOps Beyond Dev and Ops
The principles, processes and tools that are core to the existing DevOps
movement will expand beyond traditional development and operations teams.
Non-technical teams are often in silos too, so can also get value from the
benefits DevOps provides to software teams, including a high-trust open
culture, creating and validating hypotheses, measurement, shortened feedback
loops and enhanced collaboration; all of these lead to high velocity
organizations regardless of type. Approaches and tools like pull-requests and
ChatOps are no longer just for ... (more)
Enterprises are finally realizing that digital transformation must be
end-to-end if they want to remain competitive in today’s software-driven,
customer-focused world – but virtually every large organization has a
massive boat anchor dragging them down – slow IT.
Legacy technology woes are bad enough – but what really makes slow IT slow
are the people and the processes they follow. Nobody likes to change, yet
change is what digital transformation is all about.
Some organizations look for shortcuts. Let fast go fast and let slow go slow,
Gartner says – but that road leads to ruin,... (more)