Cover The Business Bottleneck - Coté - 20200206 final

Once companies remove the technical bottlenecks to improving how they do software, they need to remove new bottlenecks from the business side. This book covers how corporate strategy, finance, and executives should change.

You can get a copy of this book for free from my employer, VMware.

From the intro:

If you want to be like a tech company, you should, well, be like a tech company.

This report is my second attempt to help explain what that means. My previous book, Monolithic Transformation was written for IT executives, managers, and staff as a quick manifesto and manual for changing how they build and run software. I started writing notes for this book as I encountered a new problem: The Business. This book is addressed to people outside of the IT department who want to understand and help move along digital transformation at their organization. As ever, what I mean by “digital transformation” is improving the way you do software to improve your business. Of course, this book should also be useful for IT people who want to understand and work with their business counterpoints. Ideally, there would be no, or very little, distinction between the two as you’ll read below.

This book has has four sections. First, I explain a way of thinking about software and how its built that’s more accurate to the true nature of software. This model of software informs how the rest of the enterprise should adapt to benefit from software’s inherent agility. Next, I look at how the finance department should change to align better with the true nature of software. I do the same with the strategy department. Finally, the last section lays out tasks that the corporate leaders in business and IT should prioritize and tackle. Each section is supported by small and larger case studies to illustrate the thinking and tactics.

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