The End of Reorgs

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 more

Why Bad Business Habits Kill R&D Effectiveness

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 more

The End Of System Architects

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 more

The End Of Product Teams

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 more

The End of Planning

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 more

Towards Data-Driven Decision Making

This week I worked with two very different companies on what started out as very different topics, but that ended up at the same place: bad decision making due to the reliance on experience, beliefs, customer insights sometimes decades old, etc. So, the discussion turned towards decision making and how to develop processes where data … Read more

Where Is This IoT World That I was Promised?

During a conference in Vienna, I listened to a keynote from a researcher from a large industrial company. The talk was full of the promise of IoT, connectivity, cloud, edge computing and apps and the business benefits that could be realized. The presenter did a good job, but I have heard these presentations on the … Read more

The End Of Product Companies

Most of the software-intensive systems companies that I work with are in the process of converting from pure product businesses to product + service or pure services businesses. This is a huge change for any company and means changes at several levels and all functions of the company. Over the last months, I have been … Read more