I worked at a large independent software vendor as a head of engineering for over a decade and through a period of incredible change, as the organisation shifted from a successful desktop based software company to a successful online based software company. The digital transformation that independent software vendor undertook impacted all parts of the business, from product development through to finance.
If your organisation is on the journey of digital transformation, don’t underestimate the cultural changes that must accompany this.Organisational culture is a set of shared assumptions, values and beliefs which governs the way people behave in the organisation.
Clearly to effect change in organisational culture takes time; often years. To start the cultural change process, you need to understand where you currently are and where you would want to be in the future with regards your digital capabilities and the culture that supports that.
From my experience at this independent software vendor and purely from a cultural view point here is my top tips on the key focus areas.
Naturally you cannot change all these elements at once, but it does makes sense to define focus areas based on your organisational situation. The important thing is to proactively consider each of these areas. Then, based on your priorities and need, build a “change roadmap” so that you have plan of what takes priority now and where to focus next. Changing culture takes time, but to fast track culture change to support your digital transformation, you need to focus and to plan.