Building quality software is not about technology, but about behaviours and practices. Anyone can get a product running on day 1, but can they keep it running reliably on day 100 or respond to changing needs quickly? We help our clients analyze their organization from their tech stack, to their skills inventory, to their SDLC and operational processes to help them figure out what part of the organization must be enhanced and invested in to improve the robustness and agility of their software business. You won’t just get a generic best practices white paper from us, but rather an actionable plan to adopt modern software development methods with realistic expectations and an unvarnished assessment of potential challenges.
How do we do it?
We will work with your team to explore 4 key topic areas and recommend areas of investment in each to achieve your software vision:
Tech Stack – We look at your current tech stack and assess your level of dependency on them. This will allow us to then determine their fit to your overall software strategy. For example, which ones support rapidly changing customer needs and need to prioritize flexibility and speed versus which ones support highly stable operational processes. Where applicable, we will make recommendations on target technologies and/or Cloud services.
Solution Architecture – We assess how your key systems are built (e.g., application architecture, scaling, reliability engineering, middleware and integration architecture, security architecture) to determine how they align to your business objectives. Do you have dynamic and hyper scalable architectures to support rapidly growing customer demand? Do you have sufficient decoupling of system components to support system or technology changes?
Skills Inventory – The skills required within a modern software organization is very different from those typically found in traditional IT shops or even older software product companies. Do you have the software development capacity to support the “everything as code” requirements of Cloud? Do you have experienced Product Owners who are in tune with customer needs while really understanding what it takes to drive software development efforts? We will help you take stock of what your team is good at right now and identify where you will need to invest to make them successful in the future.
Processes and Practices – DevOps and Agile are not just concepts you can apply to individual product or project teams. They have broad impacts on the organization as a whole. Moving from traditional waterfall and heavily gated governance to iterative and real-time decision making requires changes from senior management down. Does the way your organization operates allow for the delegation of control necessary to make it more agile? Can your business users respond to software feature changes quickly? Are your configuration and release management processes (e.g., builds, testing, CI/CD) sufficiently automated to respond to the pace of patches and changes in Cloud services? We help you determine which processes already support modern software development and where you need to focus more attention on.