This time Alexander Franz, Product Portfolio Management at RadarServices, will talk about introducing agile at a software company and how the link between software development teams and top management can look like on a practical level.
Topic: Agility at companies that produce software as a product.
Different types of companies need a slightly different approach to agility. A company that just uses software as tool for their business might need an IT strategy that supports the business strategy. However, in a software company the IT strategy and the business strategy might be the same thing. Therefore, the link between strategy and daily dev work might look slightly different. Similar is true for the difference between companies that develop custom software or integrate systems versus companies that produce a more or less standardized product.
The case study based on Alexander’s previous job at CELUM will cover two aspects: Lessons learned from introducing agile into a company that produce software as a product, and a concrete way how to link daily dev work to strategic decisions in such a company.
Alexander Franz currently leads the Agile Transformation at RadarServices. RadarServices was recognized as one of FT 1000: Europe’s Fastest Growing Companies 2018 and as one of Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500 EMEA 2017. Before joining RadarServices, Alexander was XO to the CPO & Founder at software company CELUM, a digital asset management provider recognized by Forrester Research. Originally from Germany, Alexander came to Austria in 2002 to help build up the then new mobile operator DREI (“3”). Around year 2000, he worked in Hamburg at digital consultancy Razorfish, delivering some of the first web and mobile solutions for enterprise customers. Since then, he has shared his experience at universities by teaching case-based seminars on strategy and innovation in Germany and Austria. Alexander holds a business degree from Vienna’s WU and spent his exchange semester at Babson College near Boston, MA, one of the most highly ranked schools for entrepreneurship in the world.