IT Organization Self-Assessment uses analogy with the automotive industry, where we can identify four stages of development: manufacturing, mass production, lean production and digital production. Based on the answers to several questions, you will get an idea of what stage you are in, what TRANSFORMATION (Agile, DevOps, or Digital) will take you one level up and what specific steps you could take.
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There are 50 questions. It's the maximum you can complete in 15 minutes and the minimum that will give you meaningful results. The questions are divided into five categories to help you navigate between them. The categories are as follows:
Value - the extent to which the IT organization consciously delivers value to its customers
Alignment - the extent to which IT operates in alignment with the rest of the organization
Organization - how IT is organized
Processes - how IT implements, optimizes, and automates its activities
Suppliers - the extent to which work with suppliers is systematic and proactive
The questionnaire uses some terms that may have different meanings in different organizations. So, there are definitions of these terms as they are meant in this questionnaire:
A product is something that is made to be sold, usually something that is produced by a process.
The process is a series of actions to achieve a result.
Service is the action of helping or doing work for someone.
Value is the importance or worth of something for someone.
A value stream is the set of actions that take place to add value to a customer from the initial request through the realization of value by the customer. A value stream always begins and ends with a customer.
End-to-end describes a process or value stream that takes a system or service from beginning to end and delivers a complete functional solution.
Value Stream Management is a combination of people, process, and technology that maps, optimizes, visualizes, measures, and governs business value flow through heterogeneous software delivery pipelines from idea through development and to production.”
A cross-functional team is a group of people with different functional expertise working toward a common goal.
An autonomous team is a group of people that manages its work independently on other teams.
A self-organized team is a group of people who manage its work without a team leader's direct supervision.