Back in 2012, I wrote a post for HP focused on organizational and application transformation (unfortunately, HP took down almost a decades worth of those posts while I was at EDS and HP). One of the statements was:
“with all the computing capability in the hands of everyone today, encapsulation and integration from a mobility perspective can add significant distributed functionality even on existing systems. The types of tools and governance required to take advantage of mobile environments will be quite different than those used today. They can add a level of tactical flexibility that may be possible in the time frame desired, when compared to other more drastic approaches.
One thing to keep in mind is that application portfolio governance and modernization is not a one-time exercise, where you’ll be done for a while. One of the goals of any effort like this is to set the organization up for continuous change. The changes we are contemplating today are probably not the most important changes we’ll see in the coming decade.”
Much of this perspective still holds true. I ended the post with a last bit of advice, and that to “not try and eat the elephant whole”, especially when moving to radically new tools and techniques. Start with projects that are small, important and measurable, since:
- if they are not important, no one will care about the results
- if they are not measurable, the results are all supposition
- they need to start out small, so that project adjustments can be agile and clearly defined
Organizations need to define an incremental approach where deliverables are visible in short time frames, so if you need to change direction it is a minor adjustment, not like trying to turn a ship.
If you have to stop and regroup, you’ve learned something and that should be viewed as success. Once you have one or two of these relatively minor successes under your belt and an experienced team that understands the issues, you can more quickly expand out into other areas. You can always partner with others who are knowledgeable to reduce the learning curve.
Keep in mind the cultural issues, since culture eats strategy for lunch.
Now that I am retired and no longer focused on making someone else successful, I am taking these same concepts into day-to-day life. Change continues, even if it is just for you and your family,