Since we launched our Agile Digital Transformation Roadmap poster two weeks
ago, several hundred people around the globe have downloaded it - but it's
not clear how many of them have taken the time to work their way through it.
Haven't seen it yet, you say? No worries - you can download the poster for
free at AgileDigitalTransformation.com.
OK then - everyone have the poster handy? Good. Here's how to make sense of
So...Where's the Roadmap?
The first thing you'll notice about the ADT Roadmap is that it doesn't look
too much like the sort of roadmap you'd likely see in the course of your
work. There are no clear starting or ending points, and while the progression
generally goes from left to right, there are plenty of branches and
backtracks along the way.
Welcome to digital transformation, folks! Your transformation will also
likely have unclear endpoints, and ... (more)
In the digital arena, it’s impossible to avoid Dion Hinchcliffe. Perhaps
you’ve seen one of his numerous keynotes or joined one of his workshops.
Maybe you’ve read one of his books, Web 2.0 Architectures (with coauthors
James Governor and Duane Nickull) or Social Business By Design (Peter Kim,
coauthor). Or possibly you’ve spotted one of his stream of articles over
the years, for ZDNet, ebizQ, and many others.
Recently, Hinchcliffe has been leading strategy teams at a series of boutique
consulting firms – but unlike most practitioners of strategy consulting,
his background doesn... (more)
Whenever the conversation in a large organization circles around to how to be
more innovative, someone always brings up a skunkworks.
According to Wikipedia, the original Skunk Works is Lockheed Martin's
Advanced Development Programs (ADP), responsible for the design of several
aircraft - an effort that continues to this day.
Over time, however, the term skunkworks has taken on a broader meaning.
Innovation thought leader Everett Rogers (the fellow who coined the term
early adopter) defined a skunkworks as "an especially enriched environment
that is intended to help a small group... (more)
Architecting Change as a Core Competency
In a recent article for Forbes I wrote that enterprise architects (EAs)
should be less agents of change as architects of change. In response, several
EAs commented that what they had been doing all along looked quite a bit like
architecting change. After all, dealing with change has always been a top
priority for enterprise architecture.
There's more to architecting change than managing change, however. In order
to deal with disruptive business environments - as well as introducing
disruption intentionally to shake up the competition - org... (more)
Remember Mad Libs? You'd get a book that contained paragraphs with key words
missing, replaced with hints as to what might fill the blanks. You and your
friends would come up with silly words to complete the sentences, with
predictably hilarious results.
Well, it's time for some Gartner Mad Libs. For this game, the same word
belongs in all the blanks. See if you can figure out what the missing word is
(here's the source if you can't resist peeking).
The current software ecosystem allows only whole products to be
commercialized - not functions or features.... While the number of e... (more)