Connect your DevOps innovation project to your product innovation strategy

Connect your DevOps innovation project to your product innovation strategy

This blog post reflects on a Front Five engagement that involved a process innovation project disruptive to a medium sized organisations value chain activities during a period where their core software product was entering the top of its established S curve life cycle and where the product’s success was driving a consequential rapid expansion of the market. A major reflection for me has been to consider the appropriate execution timing of a process innovation project (in this case a Continuous Delivery project) that can significantly disrupt the available resources operating the existing value chain activities of the organisations business model. In this example a client has limited resources that predominantly work on BAU development and support as well as having an overriding focus on ‘market-pull’ to properly understand changing market trends and to feed this into the pre-paradigmatic design stage of an architectural product innovation with the goal of jumping their product S curve and moving through a product discontinuity to compete in an expanding market. Front Five did an evaluation of the organisations software development and delivery capabilities via the use of an outside-in assessment technology transfer (DORA, 2017).  The use of this excellent assessment technology was a mode of enquiry to search for the weakest software development and product delivery capabilities that mattered and that could be targets for innovation. Capability change areas were selected from the assessment outputs and a process innovation project to develop a subset of ‘Continuous Delivery’ (Humble and Farley, 2010) technology commenced. Our goal was to implement an innovation prototype based on this technology that could be evaluated for readiness before being developed further and then...