Iteratively Building the Delivery Pipeline

The cloud programme is started. Now, iteratively build your delivery pipeline of apps, tooling, and teams leveraging as well as building the cloud. Here’s how.

This article is part of the limited preview of the “The Missing Cloud Programme Roadmap”, a generic roadmap for any enterprise cloud adoption programme.

  1. Executive Summary
    1. The Cloud and Enterprises
    2. The Missing Cloud Programme Roadmap
      1. Building the Business Case
      2. Starting the Cloud Programme
      3. Iteratively Building the Delivery Pipeline
      4. Iteratively Executing the Delivery Pipeline
    3. Key Factors for a Successful Cloud Programme
  2. The Cloud and Enterprises
  3. The Missing Cloud Programme Roadmap
  4. A Cloudy Future

Iteratively Building the Delivery Pipeline

After the successful start of the cloud programme, the focus shifts towards iteratively building a pipeline of suitable applications, tooling, and teams leveraging as well as building the cloud, based on the outcomes recorded in the Cloud Guidebook.

Constantly monitoring dependencies ensures that they are not only detected and resolved before they can become potential roadblocks. But also provide meaningful solutions as well as roadmaps of when prioritised items become available.

Future applications leveraging the cloud are then used to drive the build-out of cloud capabilities. Iteratively identifying patterns to move thus accelerates the overall cloud adoption by leveraging synergies in the cloud capabilities to provision.

The identification of commonalities and required cloud capabilities for applications is accelerated by assessing their “cloud suitability”. Applications are then categorised into different tiers according to their cloud suitability.

This not only yields a prioritised list of existing “candidate applications” moving to the cloud but also placement rationales and the development of approved standard patterns.

Cloud Compagnon Applications” are then selected as suitable candidate applications that should successfully adopt the cloud, with newly constructed cross-functional incubator teams ultimately delivering them. Removing frictions for existing processes before the start of the next phase further increases the chances of success.

Assessing the alignment of the delivery pipeline with the objectives of the cloud programme allows to adjust either one of them. Carefully controlling and adjusting the run-rate, using the data generated so far, allows the cloud programme to ramp up efforts to a sustainable level.

The Cloud Handbook then captures all definitions, frameworks, assessments, metrics, data points, decisions, and rationales used for the iterative creation of the delivery pipeline and the corresponding delivery teams. This again provides the reasons as well as the course for all future activities.

Iteratively Executing the Delivery Pipeline

Find out more about it in the next article.

So, How Do You Build the Delivery Pipeline?!

While the above Worx for Me!™ when it comes to iteratively building the delivery pipeline, you may have an alternative or better way.

Think this is all rubbish, massively overrated, or generally heading into the absolutely wrong direction?! Feel free to reach out to me on LinkedIn and teach me something new!

As always, prove me wrong and I’ll buy you a pint!


Dominic Dumrauf

An Enterprise Solution Architect by profession, an avid outdoor enthusiast by heart, and a passionate barista by choice. Still hunting that elusive perfect espresso.

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