How should an IT department incrementally and iteratively transform itself? How should different methods of software development, testing, and operations be managed at the same time?
In this series, Steve Smith describes why Bimodal IT is a delusion, how Multi-Speed can help an organisation incrementally adopt Continuous Delivery, and why supporting functions like Change Management need to change their ways
- An organisation mired in IT As A Cost Centre needs to understand where and how to invest in Continuous Delivery
- Bimodal IT by Gartner is merely a rehash of the brownfield vs. greenfield IT dichotomy, with all the same problems
- Multi-Speed IT is a sophisticated approach to investing in Continuous Delivery according to product demand and capabilities
- Multi-Speed IT explains how to overhaul traditional architecture, service transition, change management, and production support
Organisations that wish to remain competitive in the years to come must explore new offerings, expand successful differentiators, and exploit established products. A 21st century, digital first organisational model of IT As A Business Differentiator focussed on cloud computing, smart mobile devices, and big data analytics is required.
This is tremendously difficult when an organisation has the 20th century, pre-Internet IT As A Cost Centre organisational model. This refers to disparate Product and IT departments, in which IT is a cost centre with fixed scope, fixed resource, and fixed deadline projects. Segregated development, testing, and operations teams mired in long-term Discontinuous Delivery are ill-equipped to rapidly build and run products.
An organisation-wide transformation from IT As A Cost Centre to IT As A Business Differentiator is an arduous, multi-year journey predicated on the adoption of Continuous Delivery. It will involve radical, far-reaching changes to how teams work, how they interact with one another, and the processes and tools used. A culture of Continuous Improvement needs to be established, and powered by the Improvement Kata. On that basis, how can an IT department incrementally and iteratively transform itself?
This is part 1 of the Continuous Delivery and Multi-Speeding series
- Continuous Delivery and Multi-Speeding
- The Bimodal delusion
- Multi-Speed IT
- Multi-Speed Architecture
- Multi-Speed Operations
Thanks to Thierry de Pauw for reviewing this series.