Research agenda for Continuous * (article highlight)

I’ve came across an interesting article summarizing the recent developments of continuous software engineering and related fields. The research has been done by Brian Fitzgerald and his colleagues from LERO:

I recommend reading this article and here, I just put some thoughts that interested me:

  • Feature analytics is still important and will remain important for both the development and operations
  • It’s more important to be continuous than to be fast – although I would argue that being slowly continuous is never a good thing, and
  • Discontinuous improvement seems to be more interesting than continuous improvement

The article even discusses what kind of recent *2017* developments could be observed in this area, and link to the well-known initiatives, such as Lean and Agile.

How large companies innovate ….

Large software companies are really diffrent from each other. That’s hardly a surprise, but do they work in different ways?

If we look at the works like “Good to Great” or “Build to Last” by Jim Collins and his colleagues, we can see that they have similarities. They make the same mistakes and they have similar success factors.

In this paper:, the authors conducted a literature review of how the innovation is done in large companies. They have found only seven companies, but they’ve recognized a few interesting intiatives (descriptions quoted from the text):

  • intrapreneurship: intrapreneurs have the vision for new products and act on their vision as if they had their own companies: build the development team and run the business,
  • bootlegging: bootlegging (or underground or skunkworks) refers to the innovation activity that is hidden from management until its introduction. The objectives of bootlegging are pre-research, product and process improvement, troubleshooting, new product and process development and purely scientific research
  • internal venture: internal venture refers to the introduction of new business within existing business to pursue product or market innovation. New business can be established as the instrument to pursue incremental innovation (new product in current market or new market for current product) or radical innovation new product for new market).
  • spin-off, subsidiaries, joint-ventures, and
  • crowdsourcing: getting the participation of crowd and locking the crowd to create value to one company only. By taking the advantage of Web 2.0, companies look for the suitable solutions from Internet users.

These approaches vary in size, structure and scope. I recommend to read this article as a friday, before homegoing, reading 🙂

Full reference:

Henry Edison, Xiaofeng Wang, Ronald Jabangwe, Pekka Abrahamsson,
Innovation Initiatives in Large Software Companies: A Systematic Mapping Study,
Information and Software Technology, Volume 95, 2018, Pages 1-14, ISSN 0950-5849,