Software is driving product innovation
84% of software development professionals surveyed said the role of software is important or very important in their organization’s ability to deliver innovation (see graphic). However the survey also found that product development organizations are challenged in speed of software delivery, and with the flexibility of the software they develop (if it’s hard to change, it’s tough to innovate). In a previous post I discussed the GM Chevy Volt project and in the accompanying video, Len Wozinak, Manager Software Process & Powertrain Controls at General Motors says “We've had some roles within our organization which have had maybe 20-40% efficiency because they spend the bulk of their time keeping track of all the people interacting and what they're working on, assuring that everybody had the right versions, the right information. It's horribly frustrating for the engineers, it tremendously slows down our development.” I’m hearing these types of challenges being experienced by many clients who need to become more effective at software delivery in order to drive more rapid innovation in their products. They are looking for ways to improve efficiency and increase innovation and in the commissioned Forrester study, 59% surveyed said that in the next 12-18 months that they expect their organization to take advantage of collaborative, integrated, software development tools to facilitate improved software innovation.
If you’re a member of or managing a software delivery team developing software that’s a key component of, or provides supporting services to a product, I highly recommend you read more on the findings and recommendations in the full study.
I’d love to hear your feedback on this study and your experiences and challenges in delivering software that’s driving innovation in your company’s products.