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The Rise of Bimodal IT

Dave Prior
Reading: The Rise of Bimodal IT

In this version of our Sound Notes with Dave Prior, we speak with LeadingAgile CEO, Mike Cottmeyer on the rise of Bimodal IT Enterprises and how it is impacting modern businesses. Based on new research coming out of Gartner, we explore where Bimodal IT found it’s roots and how it is being applied today. From there, Mike and Dave discuss the differences between mode 1 and 2, as well as how organizations can make the journey from a more traditional form of delivery with mode 1, to a more exploratory and nonlinear model with mode 2. Lastly, we’ll explore how mode 1 and mode 2 relate to LeadingAgile’s Compass for Enterprise Transformation, the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) and what it takes to make the shift from mode 1 to mode 2.

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Dave Prior has been leading technology projects and teaching individuals and teams how to manage their work for over 20 years.

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  1. Jack Caine
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    Found this in my notes (can’t remember who wrote it originally) about bimodal IT…I think was in response to the idea of using waterfall in the PMO and outsourcing work to offshore teams that do agile…

    “The simple fact is that Agile Waterfall is a non-starter. If, as Gartner suggest, “Traditional IT continues to develop the long-term plans and goals, manages technology budgets, and takes a disciplined approach to deployments” then you’re stuck in a world of:

    Phase gates over Quality gates
    Project funding over product funding
    Component teams over feature teams
    Big Bang Product Planning over maximum ROI
    Big Design Up Front over breadth-first product planning
    The frozen middle over tribes and guilds
    Long loops, expensive failures, and on and on.

    Gartner aren’t the only ones saying this, of course. Agile Waterfall is something people have wanted since RUP. The trouble is it doesn’t make any sense – even when Gartner says it.”

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