Current members of the SDLC
Barclays is a British multinational banking and financial services company headquartered in London. It is a universal bank with operations in retail, wholesale and investment banking, as well as wealth management, mortgage lending and credit cards. It has operations in over 50 countries and territories and has around 48 million customers. It has a staff of around 130,000.
Barclays is organised into four core business: Personal & Corporate (Personal Banking, Corporate Banking, Wealth & Investment Management), Barclaycard, Investment Banking and Africa.
Barclays traces its origins to a goldsmith banking business established in the City of London in 1690. James Barclay became a partner in the business in 1736. In 1896 several banks in London and the English provinces, including Backhouse's Bank and Gurney's Bank, united as a joint-stock bank under the name Barclays and Co. Over the following decades Barclays expanded to become a nationwide bank. In 1967, Barclays deployed the world's first cash dispenser. Barclays has made numerous corporate acquisitions, including of London, Provincial and South Western Bank in 1918, British Linen Bank in 1919, Mercantile Credit in 1975, the Woolwich in 2000 and the North American operations of Lehman Brothers in 2008.
Cerner Corporation is a supplier of health information technology solutions, services, devices and hardware. As of April 2015 its products were in use in approximately 18,000 facilities around the world and the company had about 22,000 employees globally.
Cerner is headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri. Cerner's world headquarters campus is across the street from North Kansas City Hospital, Cerner's second hospital client. It acquired additional space in North Kansas City, Missouri in 2005 and in 2006 it acquired another location in Kansas City. In 2013, Cerner announced plans to redevelop 236-acres in south Kansas City, Missouri into an office park. The site was previously occupied by Bannister Mall, which was demolished in 2009. Cerner broke ground on the new campus on November 11, 2014. The $4.45 billion project intends to employ 16,000 new Cerner workers within the decade,
CHRobinson is a transportation logistics company founded in 1905 to move produce from California to eastern destinations. In the 1980s, when the American trucking industry was de-regulated, CHRobinson expanded into many facets of transportation. They are now a global company involved with trucks, rail, air, and sea transport. Revenues for 2014 were $13 billion.
CHRobinson now operates in 281 offices in 38 countries with 13,000 mostly US-based employees. About 12,000 employees are in branch offices, 700 are in back office operations, and 600 are in IT. At any given moment, there are about 6,000 people making decisions and negotiating agreements about moving freight. CHRobinson owns no transportation assets. Their revenues come from negotiating transportation logistics between customers who having something to ship, and carriers who have space to carry. At the heart of their business is the IT platform “Navisphere” that allows their people to have the best and most timely information on rates and availability of carriers. Through that information, the people negotiate profitable transportation alternatives. Some of the rates are pre-set as tariffs. Many of the rates vary. Navisphere also gives visibility to customers of the status of their shipments, a decided plus from the customer point of view.
Ericsson is a world leader in the rapidly changing environment of communications technology – providing equipment, software and services to enable transformation through mobility. Some 40 percent of global mobile traffic runs through the networks they have supplied. More than 1 billion subscribers around the world rely every day on networks that it manages. With more than 37,000 granted patents, they have one of the industry’s strongest intellectual property rights portfolios.
Ericsson at Athlone boasts the biggest Java development site in Ireland, with leading edge Agile software development methods. And, as they say on their website, the team approach means “you are never on your own in a pickle.” The Althlone site has had a $12 million renovation to increase mobility and encourage teamwork where development teams work in pods, with team meeting areas that include stand-up small meeting tables and, ‘information radiator’ screens and/or manual boards. At the Athlone site, there are 80 agile teams working on the next generation product that will be released in about 18 months.
hhpberlin is a fire safety consultancy based in Berlin with around 200 employees. It is privately owned. The company provides services during all phases of construction projects for anything from office buildings to stadiums and airports. As a professional services firm, hhpberlin’s people and their knowledge are its primary assets. With a growing business and a lot of large projects, its employees are constantly looking for ways to work better together and share expertise.
Its CIO, Stefan Truthän, says, “The organization has changed in recent years from a business model that used to be one local engineer on one local project producing one final output. Now we work in global teams, requiring us to leverage expertise across the organization to deliver projects.”
Founded in 1975, software company Microsoft is best known for its Windows operating system, Office productivity suite and Xbox gaming had 2014 revenues of around $86 billion and 128,000 employees. The Learning Consortium visited the Developer Division (“DevDiv”) which has about 4300 employees and is responsible for making Visual Studio and related applications, which software developers worldwide use themselves in their daily work. Within that group the LC spent time with the group responsible for Visual Studio Cloud services which consists of 467 people and 35 teams each organized around a common set of software features.
Until five years ago, software development cycles took a conventional “waterfall” approach and new releases were typically every two years. Economic conditions have changed as software being delivered immediately over the internet. This has pressured Microsoft to make changes to their practices to realize benefits with faster delivery cycles. DevDiv took the initiative and began experimenting in a few teams in their group with new Agile development methods such as Scrum. Success with a few prototype teams led to a larger change across the entire division. There followed several years of learning how to operate a product development unit across many teams, a process Aaron Bjork, Principal Group Program Manager within the Developer Division, describes as a journey that is anything but a straight path from A to B. Now all 4300 in the division are operating in an Agile team manner.
The company is a “DNA culture” company—that is, the culture of the company, which puts them squarely in the Creative Economy, was conscious, intentional, and baked in right from the start.
The company manifesto consists of 5 simple principles:
1) Player experience first
2) Challenge convention
3) Focus on talent and team
4) Take play seriously
5) Stay humble, stay hungry