Shorter feedback cycles are crucial to successful product development. Getting a small change or new feature to customers and gathering immediate feedback is product gold. Organisations that strive to reduce these cycles have embraced Continuous Delivery (CD).

Birds of a feather, flock together.

DiUS and Amazon Web Services (AWS) have recognised that organisations are at varying points on the journey to their CD aspirations. Last week, we brought together a group of like-minded executives and senior business leaders from household names such as REA Group, Australia Post, SEEK, Myer, IOOF, Toyota, ANZ, and Aconex to discuss “Delivering value, continuously.”

AWS Attendees

 Clockwise from left: Marc Phoa (DiUS), Robert Phillpot (Aconex), Peter Stanski (AWS),  Michael Stange (IOOF), Fabian Iannarella (IOOF), Frank Losinno (DiUS), Frank Losinno (DiUS), Patrick Margey (Myer), Stephen Bartlett (DiUS), Jon Eaves (REA), Mark Brown (AWS). 

A communal lunch around a “square table” at Red Spice Road in Melbourne’s CBD, was the perfect setting for the group to openly discuss CD from a business perspective, what it means to their organisations and share ideas on how they might be able to support each other.

It was clearly evident that each executive recognised the value of getting small changes and new features out into the market to test with their customers.

Interestingly, there was firm agreement that continuous delivery was less about technology and more about people, culture and organisational alignment. Organisational buy-in at all levels and attracting and retaining the right team of people to champion the desired culture shift was in the forefront of the minds of the executives.

Although each organisation was at varying stages on their path to CD, everyone walked away feeling reassured that they were taking the right steps and moving in the right direction.

The first event of an ongoing series, DiUS and AWS are planning to hold these discussion platforms quarterly in both Melbourne and Sydney.

At DiUS, we are passionate about sharing expertise, experience and collaborating to innovate and generate ideas. The_ Birds of a Feather_ series is an opportunity for DiUS and AWS to build an open, executive-level community forum designed to support cross-organisational knowledge sharing.

To find out more about_ Birds of a Feather_ lunch series, email Paula Ngov, Business Development and Partnerships Principal.