YOW! Night 2017 Singapore – Fred George – Apr 6

Go Faster Remove the Inhibitors to Innovation

The industry is replete with fresh topics: DevOps, Cloud Computing, MicroServices, Lean Startup, Full­stack Developers, Agile Variations, and the like. Having seen all these at conferences, there is an emerging theme around all these topics: Go Faster.Going faster is an old theme; I have heard it for over four decades. But the business incentives for it are more powerful than ever because competitors have become unfettered from traditional barriers:

  • Massive, free application frameworks replace expensive vendor packages
  • On­demand computing replaces expensive, pre­planned machine installations
  • World­wide access to customers through social networks replaces dedicated sales teams

So either you go faster, or a competitor will emerge who is faster.In this presentation, I identify three categories of inhibitors, and suggest mitigation strategies I have employed for each one:

  • Technology inhibitors, whether dealing with legacy languages, tools, or architectures,
  • Process inhibitors, particularly daunting as shifts to faster processes run counter to the “tried and true” processes inherent in the organization, and
  • Organization inhibitors as we shake off the time­consuming waterfall structures.

Embracing the technology change is not sufficient. Going faster can be crippled if supporting IT processes are not implemented. We wrap up by addressing the impact to roles and responsibilities, a challenging and key aspect of going faster. We will delve into some detail on an implementation in a large, traditional business.

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Fred George is a Developer and Co­founder at Outpace Systems, and has been writing code for over 46 years in (by his count) over 70 languages. He has delivered projects and products across his career, and in the last decade alone, has worked in the US, India, China, and the UK. He started ThoughtWorks University in Bangalore, India, based on a commercial programming training program he developed in the 90’s. An early adopter of OO and Agile.
Fred continues to impact the industry with his leading­ edge ideas, most recently advocating Micro­Service Architectures and flat team structures (under the moniker of Programmer Anarchy). Oh, and he still writes code!



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