Scaling a Software Business
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Scaling a Software Business

By Brian Fitzgerald
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Book Description

Software has changed the rules of the game. The world talks about the digitalization in industry and society – how the focus has shifted from producing tangible things towards software and services. This trend started many years ago, but is now affecting every company, whether it’s a software company or not. There are many companies that have already made a digitalization journey – and many are about to embark on this journey – like you.

How do you transform your organization when software is becoming a critical part of your business?

This book presents the Scaling Management Framework, a model based on collected experiences from companies that have already made the journey to give software a central role within the organization. The model is unique because it suggests a holistic method to analyze and plan your journey. It simply means that you can’t just focus solely on your products or services. You also have to look closely at your processes and your organization, the way you make decisions and get things done. Inevitably, these will have to change.

This book comes with a map, a compass, and suggested journeys along with selected travel stories comprising best practices and lessons learned from past digitalization journeys. Use the map to find your way in the digitalization landscape, and use the compass to find the direction of your journey.

Table of Contents
  • Proven ways to scale a business
    • SCALARE
      • The SCALARE team's objectives
      • Co-created by industry and academia professionals
  • It’s in the software
    • Hello world
  • Common challenges with software
    • 1 2 3
    • Not to waste time
  • The map
    • Drivers
    • Software abilities
    • Software model set-up
    • Product domain
    • Process domain
    • Organization domain
    • Transitions
    • It all fits together
    • How the canvas can be used
  • The compass
    • Two ways to read this book
      • Journey 1 – Co-operate in a community
      • Journey 2 – Building ecosystems
      • Journey 3 – Add supplementary services
      • Journey 4 – Deliver 24/7
      • Journey 5 – Pump up the volume
      • Journey 6 – Agile and disciplined
      • Journey 7 – Outside the box
      • Journey 8 – First things first
  • The journeys
    • Co-develop in a community
      • One more thing
      • Get inspired
        • Sharing is caring
        • A thriving Open Source culture behind the wall
        • Keeping the doors open
      • Sharing is caring
        • R & D and Legal, hand in hand
        • Sony Mobile Open Source Maturity and Strategy model
          • Engineering Driven
          • Business Driven
        • Advices & take aways
      • A thriving Open Source culture behind the wall
        • Advices & take aways
      • Keeping the doors open
    • Building ecosystems
      • Get inspired
        • Pushing the boundaries
      • Servitization
      • Pushing the boundaries
        • Sources and more reading
        • Netflix Open Source software downloads
    • Add supplementary services
      • servitization
        • Get insights
          • Adding Internet to things
          • Boosting product sales by services
        • One more thing
      • Adding Internet to things
      • Boosting product sales by services
    • Deliver 24/7
      • About Agile
      • Companies that succeed with the scaling Agile process are characterized by three things
        • Co-located, cross-functional teams
        • Delegative style leadership
        • Iterative approach with short feedback loops
      • Scaling agile
      • Delivering continuously
      • Maintaining stability
      • When scaling Agile, avoid these common pitfalls
      • Get inspired
        • Pruning a bush
        • Ensuring prima deliveries
      • Pruning a bush
      • Ensuring prima deliveries
    • Pump up the volume
      • Get inspired
        • Global R&D goes agile with SAFe
        • Multi-site development
      • Global R&D goes agile with SAFe
      • Multi-site development
    • Agile and disciplined
      • Drivers
        • Architecture
        • Working code, short development cycles and continuous integration
        • Minimum of documentation and functionality
        • Quality and verification by agile means
        • Visualized system and work in progress
        • Customer needs
        • Improvements in small steps
      • Get inspired
        • Scaling Agile in Automotive
        • Scaling Agile in Life Sciences
      • One more thing
      • Scaling Agile in Automotive
      • Scaling Agile in Life sciences
      • Lessons Learned
    • Outside the box
      • The unforeseen costs
      • We’re only human
      • Due diligence
      • Our strategy
      • Get inspired
        • Efficient communication in a global delivery model
        • Outsourcing Strategy at Sony Mobile
        • Not so shore anymore
        • Play it again, Sam, backwards
      • Efficient communication in a global delivery model
        • Observations
        • Recommendation on how to succeed
      • Outsourcing Strategy at Sony Mobile
      • Not so shore anymore
      • Play it again, Sam, backwards
    • First things first
      • Get inspired
        • Robotic growing pains
        • Softhouse reflects on architecture changes
        • From mobile to platform
      • One more thing
      • Robotic growing pains
      • Softhouse reflects on architecture changes
      • From mobile to platform
  • Your journey
    • Good old post-its
      • Setting up the workshop
        • Let’s start! Why are we here?
        • What is our strategy? - What are the drivers?
          • Start with the external drivers
          • Good things we want to keep
          • Continue with internal drivers
        • Desired abilities and current inabilities
          • Iterative process
        • Explain current abilities with domain capabilities
        • Find a solution
        • Use the body of knowledge and experiences to be creative
        • Decision time
      • Done – let’s get on with the real work
    • The real work
      • Agile change center
  • SMF
    • Alphabetical list of terms and definitions
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