Large organizations are increasingly bringing their technology in-house and integrating software development within specific business units rather than solely in IT. This allows technology decisions to be more clearly aligned with organizations’ overall goals, but often it also means that nonspecialist senior leaders are taking on a set of significant responsibilities they aren’t prepared for.
Experienced architects can help manage this situation by acting as coaches and translators, working with leaders to help them understand the responsibilities that come with owning a digital service, work out how to build trust with teams and verify results, and determine what they need to prepare for. Drawing on his experience with the UK government’s digital transformation, James Stewart discusses a range of techniques that help develop understanding and capability among senior leadership, explores the role architects can play, and covers the tools we can bring with us from previous efforts to make management comfortable with open source and how the conversations intersect.
James Stewart is an independent consultant helping senior leaders embed modern technology and security in their strategies and lead transformational change. Previously, James was a cofounder of the UK Government Digital Service and served as deputy CTO of the UK government, where he was instrumental in the UK government’s use the public cloud, embrace of open source, and changing approach to security, all with the goal of increasing government’s ability to focus on user needs. James speaks regularly around the world on organizational transformation, technology strategy, and cybersecurity.
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