Think of a racing competition; you know that driving fast takes more than just hitting the gas pedal and keeping your hands on the steering wheel. Speed is critical to win the race, but agility is what helps you pass the white line safely and overcome obstacles on the road. Similarly, in IT, speed is good only when it is accompanied with a bit strategy and agility. Speed for the sake of speed doesn’t lead you to anywhere, and sometimes, it is better to proceed with care. Mark Thiele, in an article for InformationWeek, offers a few strategies to speed up without damage:
- Understand the imperative of speed.
- Create a speed-based team.
- Plan carefully to speed.
Speed to Success
When you drive, you must know the destination. Speeding up should only serve to reach the destination faster, not to prove that you can drive fast. On the road, you may have to adjust your speed to combat weather conditions and watch out for other drivers. The same thing applies to IT. If you want to speed up the process of your project or the operation of the business, you have to know why you want to do so. Does speed equalize immediacy and responsiveness in IoT or big data? Will it make a difference in the market and provide time-to-value? If the answer is yes, you can start thinking about a team to work on it.
Creating a speed-based IT organization depends on various factors, and each organization should make choices based on their situation. The size of the company, organizational culture, mission statement, skills of employees, and cost estimates should all be taken into account. Especially, defining your architecture and organizational structure is critical to your ability to successfully speed. In planning options to build for speed, the question you must ask for every brainstormed strategy is this: Why is speed important?
Thiele also talks about giving speed a meaning so that it actually has values:
You should be looking at time-to-value, not cool, not shiny things. Using the 80/20 rule, look at what solutions you can put in place that allow you to implement a foundational platform for delivery in a way that maximizes the capabilities and resources of your existing organization. There are a million bright shiny objects in the sphere of IT these days, but keep in mind that many of them are projects and technologies, not solutions. If you give speed a strategy – and view it in the larger context of your organization’s goals – speed will serve you very well. If you don’t; well, I hope you have good air bags and insurance.
You can view the original article here: http://www.informationweek.com/strategic-cio/it-strategy/the-strategy-of-speed-in-it/a/d-id/1327963