Continuous Change Management

Presentation on continuous change management:

  • Continuous change management refers to making frequent changes to products and systems in a controlled manner. It aims to maximize the number of successful changes while minimizing risks.

  • Continuous change management has several benefits, like improved time to market, higher quality, lower costs, and better collaboration. Research shows it leads to better organizational performance.

  • Struggling organizations often have manual change approval processes, external security approvals, and fixed deployment schedules. Successful organizations have automated change management, shift security left, and build safety harnesses.

  • GitLab practices continuous change management with merge trains, trunk-based development, error budgets, feature flags, A/B testing, and incremental rollouts. They aim to make changes easy, simple, safe, and secure.

  • To transition to continuous change management, organizations should establish a vision, plan, identify stakeholders, communicate, find champions, start small, monitor, and evaluate. They should shift from a change management team to an automated change management process.

  • Key takeaways are that continuous change management predicts software delivery performance, shift left security, prevents vulnerabilities, keep things CALMS (Culture, Automation, Lean, Measurement, Sharing), has a vision and plan, and communicates successes.



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