“We don’t have time for design, we just need to get on and build this.”
Your vision statement is aspirational, defining the desired future position of your company.
Compressing the future into a couple of sentences is no mean feat, but it will pay dividends. Without a coherent vision, company direction is ill defined, which results in confusion and potential conflict.
There is no doubt that we are living in the midst of an era of Digital Transformation. The future of many organisations lies in their approach to the ever-changing commercial and consumer environment. The responsibility for navigating these landscapes falls to Senior Management.
Doing stuff is easy, and it can be highly visible, and it can get you noticed … and we all like to be noticed. On the other hand, thinking about doing stuff (properly) is not that visible and thinking about doing stuff can look a whole lot like not doing stuff!
Many organisations split their delivery teams into squads; within tribes; within domains – which look after areas of delivery or products. Each squad delivers from a backlog of requirements pertaining to their product.
No project ever begins with the intention that it will fail. However, despite the best intentions, this does sometimes happen (often for a myriad of reasons). We’ll examine why projects fail and what can be done to mitigate this…
In 1849, the French writer Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr wrote “plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose “: the more things change, the more they stay the same … the principles that underpin our Merchant Payment Systems are changing for the better.
Technology has come a long way, especially in the last 20 years, but it’s not everything. When I look back at what was around in 2000 when I started my professional career, I can see just how much technology has transformed how we interact with the world – in work and in our personal lives.
Back in the late 1970s, customer-facing banking technology was just getting started. The technology was still in its infancy, but it had come a long way since Barclays unveiled the world’s first ATM in Enfield in 1967. I wonder what Reg Varney would be thinking today?
If everyone is in agreement about what makes a Solution Architect, then no one needs to externalise the definition … and no one will know that no one knows! This ignorance by association approach isn’t helpful, but it isn’t uncommon. The problem could be the term itself, so let’s take the time to break it […]