There has never been a more important time to be outstanding at software delivery. An organisation’s capability in software development is now a major differentiator. Possibly the difference between success and failure. So what’s changed?
According to various studies, almost 70% of all software projects fail. Materially fail to meet their objectives, in terms of cost, time, features, or all of the above. Traditional methods of managing software delivery have failed to deliver the predictability they promise.
We are living in times of unprecedented uncertainty. Investing in huge multi-year programmes is no longer acceptable. Even if you have enough money at the start, there is no guarantee you will have enough money to finish.
Rapid pace of change
Technology has and continues changing faster than ever before. Things are changing at a speed almost impossible to keep pace with. New, disruptive technologies don’t only change the rules. They keep changing the whole game entirely.
Consumerisation of IT
People’s expectations of IT have changed and have changed for good. They are higher than ever. Innovation and excellence from technology companies for the last decade and more have raised the bar. In the earlier days it was Amazon, eBay, Google, Facebook, Apple, and many more. In the last few years it has been digital first banking, car ride/hire apps and food delivery apps that have shown consumers how good things can be. Consumers now expect technical greatness from every company they deal with. They have high expectations that are difficult to meet. And they are disappointed when they don’t get what they now expect.
The need for speed
All of this is driving an incredible need for speed. A need to be faster to market with new ideas. Faster to keep up with expectations. Faster to compete. And that’s why software delivery is a key strategic issue for virtually every company on the planet. Software is powering almost every aspect of the world we live in today. Faster delivery of a great user experience is not only a competitive advantage, it’s a business imperative.
If you’d like to talk about the challenges you’re facing in software product delivery in either currently responding to customer expectations, or developing new solutions for you and your customers, please contact us at 101 Ways, and we are keen to listen and help using our years of experience in these areas.
In our whitepaper “How to become a more data-driven organisation”, we wrote about the five steps that an organisation would need to take, which are: Outcomes: Defining goals and metrics to ensure clear and measurable outcomes Analytics: Implementing and sharing the analytics to improve data-driven decision making Innovation: Testing assumptions through hypothesis testing and learning Data Platform: Gaining new insights