The Death of Enterprise IT by Silvio Moser and Dieter Prohammer @SwissQ

Silvio Moser          Dieter Prohammer

 

You say that experts are announcing the end of Enterprise IT – is it really that bad?

 

Silvio: It really depends on the industry your company is in and what strategic advantage you’re looking for. If competition is driven by cost, the Enterprise IT model might still be right for you. But If digitalization and time-to-market are key, Enterprise IT will stand in the way of innovation.

Dieter: Conway’s Law states: “organizations which design systems […] are constrained to produce designs which are copies of the communication structures of these organizations.”. A company that clusters specialists in organisational silos will have trouble driving innovation and improving time to market, which require intensive collaboration in cross-functional teams that span IT and business.

 

“Agility, not “Agile” is needed”. Why do you differentiate, aren’t they the same?

Silvio: Many organisations still see agile purely as a tool to help develop a solution. At the team level, Scrum and Kanban can quickly add value, but the more the team progresses, the more they feel the pain of having to deal with overarching processes that haven’t been adapted. It is frustrating to build a product that in theory could be deployed every 2 weeks, but then has to go through a release process that takes weeks or even months.

Dieter: To be successful in today’s fast-changing market environment, companies need agility – the ability to change direction quickly with little effort. Adopting Agile frameworks is a first step, but to be truly being agile you have to embrace agility as a company value, expanding the ideas of the agile manifesto way beyond the team level. The well-known management thesis that structure follows process is still valid. We need to organize around value streams and apply the agile mindset to the whole journey from customer need to the outcome that generates business value.

 

How does management need to adapt?

 

Dieter: Management needs to foster collaboration between business and IT in these new organizational structures. Empowering people and creating a working environment that fosters the intrinsic motivation of knowledge workers is also key. From vision to strategic alignment to providing guidance, it’s all about Leadership and putting trust over control. And after all, that’s what Agile Leadership Day is all about!

 

Mehr zu diesem Thema erfahren Sie im Vortrag von Silvio Moser und Dieter Prohammer „The Death of Enterprise IT – Where Does Agility Lead Us“ am Agile Leadership Day 2017

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