Doing the right things right -- a new approach to Delivery Management
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As I review my "to do" list I started with for the day, I am half way through and I have already had to change what is on the list due to changing business requirements from a variety of stakeholders that I work with on my cross-functional application lifecycle management team here at IBM. The ability to adapt to reoccurring changes to requirements is not that hard when it just my to do list. But when those changes affect the work of other people on my team, it is not so easy to collectively justify the changes, re-prioritize the requirements, collaborate and communicate out a new plan to everyone on the team. As you can imagine, here at IBM our cross-functional team is distributed and like other businesses, we are expected to manage to a tight budget and still ensure we are delivering the greatest levels of innovation as possible -- this requires us to be super efficient. Our product delivery lead on the team needs to be sure that he is delivering the right software product capabilities at the right time.
So how does a delivery team consistently focus on the requirements that deliver the greatest business value?
If the team or organization continues to operate in a siloed fashion, it will be very difficult for them to do the right things and do them right – consistently. Knowing what the right things are and if you are doing them right comes from connecting and analyzing information from across the business. And we all know this can break down at any point! Often teams lack visibility and the ability to collaborate and synchronize across the silos and with external contributors and suppliers. They struggle to manage the risk of unexpected and out-of-scope changes when they occur without impacting the project deadline and they experience productivity drains resulting from ad hoc processes which can compromise project quality, application security, and the reliability of software development throughout the lifecycle.
My cross-functional application lifecycle management team, including me from marketing, work with a set of delivery capabilities on a collaborative platform so we are able to prioritize, share and manage deliveries with more transparency. We are able to match business strategy with delivery and thereby make more informed decisions at all levels and continue to greatly improve our communications and traceability between functional teams.
Some of the application lifecycle management experts from my team have prepared a webcast covering this exact topic of increasing delivery efficiency and effectiveness with a new approach to Delivery Management:Mike O’Rourke, VP of Strategy & Product Delivery and Dibbe Edwards, VP of Development. But don’t just take it from IBM -- Melinda-Carol Ballou, Program Director for IDC's Application Life-Cycle Management & Executive Strategies will be sharing her perspective as well.
Live Webcast with Q&A -- Thursday, June 28, 9:00 AM EDT Register here: bit.ly/MpKXHy
Delivery management is about connecting strategy/business and delivery or you could also say PPM with ALM/software delivery. Learn how IBM® Rational® helps organization with this vital task. Tune in bit.ly/MpKXHy