How to Detect Innovation Theater and Fine Tune Your Outcome Delivery with VMware Tanzu Labs

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Innovation theatre is rampant in government. Organizations tout their agile credibility and tech chops, but true mission/business outcomes are hard to come by. There are metrics out there like Accelerate’s DevOps Research and Assessment Team (DORA) metrics and the Defense Innovation Board’s Recommended Metrics for software development, but some are hard for business or mission leaders to understand and translate back to outcomes.  

Today, organizations continue with legacy waterfall development wrapped in agile terminology, spending vast sums of money on building against requirements, building entire enterprise architectures without validating requirements against users, focusing on the latest and greatest technology, and producing little to no outcomes. Years are wasted. Millions of dollars are wasted. And if working software is produced in the end — and more often than not, no software is actually produced — there’s no guarantee that it is relevant or that users will find it valuable.


VMware Tanzu Labs’ Strategic Directors of Digital Transformation have come up with 5 key questions for all software and technology leaders in government to determine whether they are engaged in innovation theatre and to hold themselves accountable to truly transformative outcomes:

  1. Is your software accredited and running in production today?
  2. Has that software been adopted by its intended user group?
  3. Is this software system moving the needle for your most important mission right now?
  4. Can you make a change based on user feedback and deploy to production right now?
  5. Can you do this at scale?
There is a better way. By abstracting away the solved problems of enterprise hybrid cloud architecture, by shifting security all the way to the left, and by engaging, experimenting, and iterating in production with real users, risk and cost is significantly reduced and outcomes become possible in fractions of the time.

Join us to learn how you can ensure your agency avoids pitfalls and can achieve measureable results.


Relevant Government Agencies

Other Federal Agencies, Federal Government, State & Local Government

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Wed, Apr 28, 2021, 2:00pm - 3:00pm ET

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