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Thursday, May 25 • 15:30 - 16:30
How We Approached the Disruptive Change of Everything We Were Used to and Felt Safe With!

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In 2014, Ericsson split its very large Business Unit Networks in two (still very large) business units, as a response to the fast change the market was experiencing in how the core network products were shifting to cloud based, virtualized technical solutions. Internet of Things also started to take off, with new customer segments and new partners. These are truly disruptive changes, that affects how we do business, how we sell our products, and has a huge impact also on how we develop our products and cooperate internally and externally.
We realized early that in this new reality, we needed a SW Development System that was set up to manage constant rapid change, that was optimized on deliver high quality products fast, and with a healthy balance between aligned and autonomous methods and tools, based on Lean, Agile and DevOps development philosophies as well as Applied Systems Thinking.

This talk is to share the experiences we made while running one of the largest change programs at Ericsson, defining and deploying our SW Development System.
The program, “World Class Development” ended up having executed around 15 different workstreams of different sizes, addressing as many aspects of a modern SW development system, including core flow activities as Continuous Analysis, Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery and Deployment (what we at Ericsson call Continuous Everything), as well as supporting activities such as Performance Management, Quality Management and Development Environment Management.

You will learn how we attacked the task given: “create a state of the art development model”. How we managed the program inspired by time boxed SW development methods, managed change over a very large operation, including how we worked with deployment over 13 geographically distributed Product Development Units, all with their own level of maturity, technologies, and needs.
Of course we will proudly share what we did brilliantly, but also share mistakes we did, logical/tactical as well as practical.
As we are now running the second phase of our program, WCD 2.0, we will invite for a discussion on the different topics presented, for participants to comment on and discuss what we could have done differently. To help us improve, but also to allow for an active dialogue on experiences.

So this talk is not about managing rapid change in our SW, but rather how we manage rapid change of everything else that help us deliver our SW!

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Jonas Wigander

Change Program Manager, Ericsson AB
Change management, large scale System and SW development, PLM for SW, Continuous Everything and DevOps, Agile and Lean.

Thursday May 25, 2017 15:30 - 16:30
Belvedere 12th Floor

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