- Big Bang Enterprise Transformation (your whole organisation changes in one go in unison) is ineffective, and is coercively painful to the people who experience it
- We seek to transform a whole enterprise
- Different parts of the organisation will start at different times and progress at different rates
- Different parts of the organisation start transformation at different times and progress at different rates
- All parts of the organisation have not yet completed transformation
- Our whole organisation is not organised as productised value streams
- Different parts of the organisation will be at different levels of transformation maturity
- We seek to deliver complicated customer facing capabilities that require many parts of the organisation coming together
- We will have to integrate delivery from organisational units working in different delivery modes
Imagine a banking mobile app that integrates functionality from a highly agile iOS shop, life-cycle customer process, mainframe core banking and outsourced fulfilment centres and credit referencing.
What are your chances that all of those — now, at the end of 2016 — are going to be 100% Agile? You can complain about Bi-Modal being A Dumb Idea all you like. I’m going to refer you to this:
Things will start getting better when we start treating them as they are, not as we’d like them to beTorbjörn Gyllebring
Or, to summarise:
Whether or not Bi-Modal IT is a desired end state, in the transformation interim, it is inevitable. Life will be much better when we deal with this reality rather than denying it.