For IT, it is about promoting higher levels of communication among different teams. It is still very common to have development and operations team too far away. Digital transformation demands these teams to get closer and redefine processes, responsibilities and feedbacks (including from users or customers).
We´ve been helping our clients to use DevOps approach with excelent results, including shorter cycles and continuous delivery. In our experience, sharp communication, collaboration, integration and cooperate with developers and other IT professionais will generate innovation and agility, pillars for the digital transformation.
For the business, it is about adopting new practices and management model. For one good reason: the initiatives to create digital products does not fit into classic planning, focused on projects and pre-set goals. And that is because they are under influence from unpredictable changes from a digital world where business, market and people are all interrelated and constantly changing.
A good option is the lean startup approach. It is a very interesting idea: by introducing shorter development cycles, it is possible to focus on items with higher business value. Dedicate time and resources to over plan something that will change – a lot, but in unknown direction – is a waste of efficiency. It is good to highlight that in a digital transformation world, the highest value is measured by innovation positive impact in the business.
This is the reason to have a digital product development based on hypothesis orientation, periodic launch and continuous improvement backed up by continuous real data feedback.Eric Ries, in his Lean Startup book has made popular the “Build-Measure-Learn” cycle.
In the end, to have it all working just fine, it is good people who matters, working on a corporate environment where the human aspect and technical competencies are balanced and can jointly create the highest value for the business.
So: is your business ready for digital transformation?