DevOps Summit Amsterdam - Keynote 


Project To Product: Thrive in the Age of Digital Disruption with the Flow Framework

In many enterprises, Agile and DevOps transformations are starting to get board level visibility as the need to become a software innovator becomes critical to company survival and success. But how many of these transformations are on track in terms of producing the results that the business is expecting? How many of these organizations are tracking the results of these transformations, rather than just the activities, such as training and tool deployments? The fundamental problem is that the way these transformations are structured has a very different meaning to the technology side than it does to the business. Key concepts that should be shared by both sides, such as technical debt, are not part of the common language. It is these disconnects that cause large-scale transformations to fall off the rails.

But what if you could take an MRI scan of your organization and see how business value flows across enterprise software value streams in real time? What if executives were discussing how to remove impediments in that flow of business value and how to create fast feedback loops across the software portfolio, all the way from deployed code to business strategy?

Based on two decades of research spanning almost every domain of software, Dr. Mik Kersten provides specific examples of why transformations have failed, and presents a new concept - The Flow Framework™ - that allows IT leaders to optimize value creation across their entire organization utilizing product centric value stream networks.

Mik Kersten, CEO Tasktop

Dr. Mik Kersten started his career as a Research Scientist at Xerox PARC where he created the first aspect-oriented development environment. He then pioneered the integration of development tools with Agile and DevOps as part of his Computer Science PhD at the University of British Columbia. Founding Tasktop out of that research, Mik has written over one million lines of open-source code that are still in use today, and he has brought seven successful open-source and commercial products to market. Mik’s experiences working with some of the largest digital transformations in the world has led him to identify the critical disconnect between business leaders and technologists. Since then, as CEO of Tasktop, Mik has been working on creating new tools and a new framework for connecting software value stream networks and enabling the shift from project to product.