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Flattening the Application Organization — Everyone Must Be Part of the Agile Value Stream

Published: 13 September 2016

ID: G00310274

Analyst(s): Mike Gilpin , Bill Swanton , Richard Marshall, Dale Vecchio, Keith Guttridge

Summary

Lean IT is flattening application organizations, eliminating management slots and moving specialist staff roles into product-focused agile teams. Application leaders must move these people into new roles as accountable team members and foster the cultural change to customer-focused accountability.

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  • Impacts

Analysis

Impacts and Recommendations

  • The introduction of enterprise agile is transforming organizations as they move from ephemeral projects to long-term, stable, product-based teams
  • Teams that are given direct product responsibility will require all of the skills necessary to deliver their product
  • The need for consistency means that cross-team coordination is required in areas like architecture, security, quality assurance and user experience

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