It is no secret that some of the most successful entrepreneurial CEOs of our time have promoted a strong “Product First” or “Customer Experience” doctrine within their organizations. Gates, Jobs, Page, and even Zuckerberg are often cited as prominent promoters of this doctrine. Their companies were built around a strong “Product First” culture along with the recruitment and advancement of talent with strong product and technology backgrounds.
Having advised PE-backed companies, we see an unusual proportion of companies that have not yet embraced Agile software development and/or struggle to adopt it under a PE umbrella. While the majority of both startups and public companies we see have embraced Agile, why is it that this trend doesn’t carry over to PE-backed software companies? In this article we will examine this phenomenon and explore solutions for evolving to an Agile approach even in a PE-backed, modest growth software organization. (more…)