Improving software development in large Scandinavian IT company

A significantly simplified software development operation, going from 20+ different methodologies to a few and a streamlined group approach to managing the entire software IP portfolio

The client's problem

The company had through several years acquired software development companies in several countries and was now experiencing significant organisational complexity and low group transparency of their IP product portfolio. Further adding to the complexity, their IP software product portfolio was built on many different platforms, both older and newer, all using a multitude of software development tools. As a result of this, the company sought to consolidate and optimise their software development operations across the group including how to optimise the use of resources when maintaining or developing IP software products.

Our approach

Oleto formed a team consisting of very experienced consultants and representatives from all the software development units and began an intense four-month highly agile and iterative process. The project was structured in four separate yet highly interdependent work streams. The first work stream created transparency in the existing software development units' business and how investment decisions were made, e.g., financial figures, IP software portfolios, technology platforms used, target customers. The second work stream focused on determining the current software development methodologies and tools used as well as the future requirements for each software development unit. The third work stream focused on assessing how the time was spent in each software development unit as well as defining the future governance setup for managing all software development units in the group. The fourth work stream evaluated the existing performance measurement setup, defined the future requirements and aligned it with the chosen governance approach.

Value delivered

A significantly simplified software development operation, going from +20 different methodologies used to a few and a streamlined group approach to managing the entire software IP portfolio, incl. the investment prioritisation process.