Jan 172018

Business agility – being an adaptive, lean, responsive, and learning organization – is a race that enterprises need to win today, especially with the threat of disruption by new competitors. Yet there is no quick fix and no silver bullet to attain business agility. This is a multi-year journey requiring hard work, experimentation, and most importantly, a willingness to improve. To succeed, business agility requires true agility across the entire organization, not just in software development, DevOps, and IT.

The challenge remains of how to move from optimizing team performance to optimizing the entire enterprise to enable rapid response to market conditions and enable innovation. A Disciplined Agile approach lowers risks and provides a path to accelerate the journey to business agility and consequentially the ability to adapt and thrive in a digitally competitive world.

An upcoming issue of Cutter Business Technology Journal, with Guest Editor Scott Ambler, will address the strategies and approaches necessary to achieve a true agile business transformation.

Topics of discussion include but are not limited to the following:

  • What key components are necessary for a successful enterprise agile transformation?
  • How can the Disciplined Agile framework speed-up a transformation to business agility?
  • How can an agile approach and mindset encourage innovation in a digitally changing world?
  • What types of continuous improvement strategies are necessary to enable a self-sufficient, adaptive organization?
  • How can executives play a role in driving organizational agility?
  • What role does culture play in organizational agility success? What cultural changes are necessary to enable organizational agility?
  • How can a sound agile approach give organizations the tools they need to keep from being disrupted?
  • In addition to IT, how must business operations, governance, procurement, human resources, etc. be streamlined for organizations to remain competitive?
  • How can agile and lean strategies be applied to all aspects of IT, not just software development?
  • How can an agile mindset and approach help us deal with other complexities such as compliance, vendor management, budgeting, and offshoring?
  • How does a disciplined approach to DevOps improve the flow through the entire ecosystem and produce better outcomes?
  • What are the key components, practices, and strategies to a successful DevOps approach?
  • How do you move from a project-mindset to a product-mindset to a value stream mindset?
  • How can each aspect of IT be improved in parallel yet still work collaboratively?
  • How can an Agile transformation evolve into a long-term continuous improvement strategy?

Please send your article proposal to Scott Ambler at scott[at]scottambler[dot]com, with a copy to cgenerali[at]cutter[dot]com no later than February 2 and include an abstract and a short article outline showing major discussion points. In your proposal, also highlight key contributions of the article that are of value to the readers and include a brief biography of each author.


For manuscript guidelines, see https://www.cutter.com/call-papers#Editorial Guidelines


Christine Generali

Christine Generali is a Group Publisher for Cutter Consortium - responsible for the editorial direction and content management of Cutter's flagship publication, Cutter IT Journal.


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