During the last weeks, I’ve spent time with or close to the innovation units of otherwise traditional and conventional companies. As I wrote in another post earlier this year, it seems that every company has some kind of innovation initiative ongoing. As I had a bit of time to discuss with the people responsible for … Read moreWhy Failure Is The Only Option
Several of the companies that I work with have change initiatives ongoing. Some of these initiatives are more technology oriented, others affect the business strategy and yet others seek to re-position the company in the ecosystem it is part of. However, all these initiatives have one thing in common: customers will be affected by the … Read moreWhen Did You Last Talk To A Customer?
(image credit: pexels.com) As I work a lot with driving change in software-intensive companies, the people that I work with typically have already an idea of what needs to happen. However, many of them struggle with organizations that are incredibly resistant to change. In fact, someone recently shared his view with me that organizations are … Read moreStop Trying to Change Your Company!
The CEO of one company that I work with lamented that his leadership team was discussing a reorganization again. And that although he was not again reorganizing in itself, the last reorganization had not really solved any of the issues the company struggled with. Consequently, he was concerned that this new reorg would throw up … Read moreThe End of Reorgs
Since the summer, I’ve been working with well over a dozen companies in different capacities and in several of these companies, there is a challenge on the R&D front that actually is caused by bad business habits. When I’m asked to spend some time with a company, it very often is because there is some … Read moreWhy Bad Business Habits Kill R&D Effectiveness
If there is one buzzword that is getting a lot attention in the circles I operate in, it is INNOVATION. As I spent another week on the road spending time with different companies, I realized that I probably haven’t had a meeting at a single company over the last year or more where the “I” … Read moreThe End of Innovation (as we know it)
The majority of companies that I work with provide products, systems and solutions to the market that include mechanical, electronic (hardware) and software parts. In order to design these systems, companies appoint system architects that are supposed to manage the system design, realization and evolution. Over the last couple of months, I have run into … Read moreThe End Of System Architects
This week I hosted a workshop on continuous deployment of software subject to functional safety standards. We agreed to keep it low profile on who participated, but several of the large companies in automotive, aeronautics, industry and defense were present, including OEMs and tier 1 suppliers. It was a good group that was dominated by … Read moreOn Functional Safety in the Age of Continuous Deployment
In the age of continuous deployment, B2B and B2C customers expect that the software in their product or system is updated frequently throughout its economic life. As a minimum, security updates need to be deployed, but also bug fixes and improvements or even entirely new functionality is expected to be added to products and systems … Read moreThe End Of Product Teams
Over the last years, I have time and again run into the conflict that many companies experience between long term planning and continuous (agile) practices. In an embedded systems context, where the system contains mechanics and electronics in addition to software, the organization needs long term planning for “the atoms” because of manufacturing processes, ordering … Read moreThe End of Planning