Continuous Value Delivery
Increase your execution power
Do you develop technologically complex solutions? Then you know better than anyone that you are faced with the challenges of bringing solutions faster to the market, the scarcity of skilled people and the speed at which the market and technology are changing. This means that you have to improve the product development process, so that under these circumstances the execution power of your organization remains the same or to be increased. Execution power required to quickly convert strategy into value. This requests a different view of product development. From ad hoc and customization to continuous and standardization.
"Without Strategy, Execution is aimless... But Without Execution, Strategy is useless..."
From ad hoc and customization to continuous and standardization
What is continuous value delivery?
Every organization consists of a chain that delivers value to the customer. These chains often contain many transfer moments between different disciplines, causing delays in the process. The challenge lies in connecting disciplines and streamlining and/or automating work processes, so that you can bring (small parts of) the products to the market faster. Therefore, more and more companies are switching from a traditional waterfall approach to an agile approach for their product development.
The Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe®) allows you to scale agile/scrum to larger organizations where multiple teams work together at a fixed cadence to continuously deliver value. The challenge here is to make the principles of lean and agile applicable to both software and hardware development. We make use of our knowledge of Lean Systems Engineering and Rapid Learning Cycles .
The importance of continuously delivering value
By investing in “Continuous value delivery” you achieve a sustainable chain that can deliver products to the customer faster. This requires both an understanding of software and hardware product development processes and how to organize them as they become more digital. By seeing and organizing the process of product development as a production chain, you focus the energy of the people, you get a faster flow of work and you become much more predictable.
And when everytime small successes by developing new improvements or better ideas being achieved, your organization’s confidence in the chosen strategy will grow. Not only have you become better at execution, but it is also becoming easier for you to respond faster to new opportunities in the market.
Leading the Change
Organize by value
From functional silos to multidisciplinary teams.
Traditionally, organizations are organized into departments, each of which is responsible for a part of the product development chain. That’s easy to manage. But disastrous for being able to quickly deliver (customer) value from this chain. Therefore, bring people from these departments together in teams as much as possible to simplify handover moments and get more aligned content.
From large chunks in long iterations to small chunks in short iterations.
A good flow through the organization is required to create a shorter ‘time to market’. You achieve this by dividing the product or work into smaller workpackages and working on it in shorter iterations. This way you have better insight into the progress and you receive faster feedback whether you are on the right track. This saves you a lot of unnecessary work.
From one integration at the end to integrating earlier and frequently.
Frequent integration is important to know as quickly as possible whether different modules of your product together provide a working system and where the errors are. If we develop different modules in several teams, it is important to have these teams synchronized in terms of content and planning frequently and in rhythm. Working according to Systems Engineering is essential in this.
From quality at the end to quality from the beginning.
To improve flow, you need to focus on the quality of product development. After all, small mistakes can lead to unreliable products. Therefore, build quality into the product right away through early verification and validation, and don’t wait until the end. In addition, focus on simplicity (“Maximize the work not done”), standardization and reusability.
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Tooling for continuous value delivery
To deliver continuous value, you need tools that make your teams collaborating better and have one place to store their information (solution intent repository).
This contributes to:
- One central place where it is stated what your products must comply with and how you arrived at a validated final solution (requirements, design decisions, test management).
- Being able to develop new products in a structured way.
- Reuse of existing specifications for new products.
- One truth of current work status and priorities.
- Coordination with other teams on interdependencies during the development process.