The world may be rotating just about the same speed as it ever has, but everything else about the world is speeding up, especially IT processes. In a post for Valorize IT, the push for bimodal IT is analyzed for how it might accelerate development.
Bimodal IT is the adaptation of two different processes. One process is likely the new red racer, speeding past the other, slower processes. The second is the older processes that still need maintained. It is arduous to balance both of these worlds skillfully. Despite the hot buzz around this idea of abandoning old systems, in actuality it is not needed. In order to be successful, there are five areas of focus to make bimodal work for you:
- Remain close to the business.
- Determine where a requirement will enter the change management process.
- Mange the processes.
- Utilize change models.
- Prepare release management.
It is important that you remain close to the business, especially the Business Relationship Managers and the service level management. You should always be in the know about what is happening and the new requirements that are being developed. Do not rely on what you are told; instead, ask what the business wants from you.
Determine where the requirement will enter the change management process, as well as who will be handling this. Approval needs to happen quickly, but there does need to be some sort of check in place so that the change management is not bogged down. When the control and deployment processes are entered, they then need to be managed. There need to be clearly defined criteria to determine which business requirements will be added to the fast track.
The quick change introduced needs to be a change model, introduced quickly. You can prepare change slots to better adopt future changes more rapidly. This may cause some initial delays, but after this has been running for a bit, both projects will run seamlessly. Release management needs the same finite attention. Processes should be prepared within time slots, while procedures are optimized.
All of these areas of focus centralize on calibration and being prepared for the unknown. Everything does not need to be overhauled for the new shiny model; the current system just needs some tweaks. You can read the original post here: https://valorizeit.wordpress.com/2015/11/27/what-will-make-your-development-run-faster/