Covid-19 has triggered the Turning Point in the Age of Software. The companies that have learned how to master business agility at scale will thrive, displacing laggards. As a result, Agile transformations are getting board level visibility as the need to become a software innovator becomes critical to company survival. But how many of these transformations are on track in terms of producing the results that the business is expecting? How many business leaders are tracking actual delivery results of transformations, rather than measuring via project plans and cost centers? The fundamental problem is that the way transformations are structured has a very different meaning to the technology side than it does to the business. Key business agility concepts that should be shared, such as velocity and technical debt, are not part of the language of the business. It is these disconnects that cause large-scale transformations to fall off the rails. With the downturn, there is no more time to reinvent the wheel of flow metrics, successful patterns for Business Agility or SAFe®.
In this talk, Dr. Mik Kersten will summarize his best selling book, Project to Product, by showing how a product operating model can provide the critical glue between the hierarchical and finance-oriented structures of the business and the business agility catalyzed by organizations adopting SAFe.