In 2011, Marc Andreesson, founder of Netscape and investor in many Silicon Valley start-ups penned an article in the Wall Street Journal titled “Why Software is Eating the World”, which outlined how all companies now rely on software to drive their business. Whether software is at the core of a business such as Google, or an integral part of an organisation’s go-to-market strategy such as Walmart or critical for a government agency to communicate to millions of citizens, software is changing the world. Organisations are increasingly reliant on software to differentiate from their competitors, respond to regulatory or legislative requirements, improve legacy systems, get to market faster, deliver new and innovative services or products to customers, and the list goes on.
Software has now become core to any business and many change initiatives are driven out of the need to deliver better, faster, cheaper solutions. Those organisations that can introduce change, adopt it and sustain it will have competitive advantage while those unable to embrace change will fall behind.
In this fast-paced, responsive world, software development teams are adopting agile techniques to speed up development times and reduce risks, while simultaneously becoming more responsive to the needs of their customers. Many organisations have kick-started their agile journey and many have successfully introduced agile on a team basis; however, the real challenge is ensuring that agile can scale and is sustainable as corporate plans and personnel evolve over time. Different people will have varying views and ideas of applying and scaling agile and often good corporate practices become lost as a change initiative matures. Helping organizations embed, sustain and scale agile ways of working is at the heart of Ivar Jacobson International’s (IJI) expertise, skillset and intellectual property.
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