On the one hand, companies must increase the speed by which they respond to new market and customer requirements; on the other hand, they must also ensure the reliability and stability of their products. Agile methods offer a possible solution in this context. For example, the DevOps practices of a modern IT organization can serve as a role model for the entire company.
A familiar scenario: The risk of oversights increases as the amount of time that is spent on a task decreases. The same goes for all areas of daily office life, sales and billing, product development and project management, to answering e-mails. In the course of the digital transformation, speed becomes an increasingly important competitive factor. At the same time, a level of diligence must be maintained, otherwise one will be left behind.
Particularly IT departments are already quite familiar with this problem. They are supposed to react quickly to changing market conditions and technological opportunities, while also providing stable, reliable and secure services for customers. Frequently, this leads to a situation in which new features are developed in short cycles but then have to run through the IT operation in a strict and protracted acceptance process. The result: The speed gains from agile development methods are lost. But how can these speed gains be utilized?