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BT and the Habits of Covey

You know Stephen Covey's 7 Habits. Three of his Habits are also habits of software teams in the BT era.

Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind


Covey: Begin with the "End in Mind" means to begin each day, task, or project with a clear vision of your desired direction and destination, and then continue by flexing your proactive muscles to make things happen.

Business Technology (BT): In the IT era, you invested in a business application and then tried to figure what value it might be delivering. In the BT era, you figure what the organization needs and then find and design software that would help deliver those needs.

Habit 3: Put First Things First


Covey: First things are those things you find most worthy. If you put first things first, you are organizing and managing time and events according to the priorities you established in Habit 2.

Business Technology (BT): In the IT era, organizations and software teams focused on quality, time, and cost. In the BT era, business outcomes are the "first things."

Habit 6: Synergize


Covey: Synergize is the habit of creative cooperation. Together, things can produce far better results that they could individually. It is the idea that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.

Business Technology (BT): In the IT era, SDLC was tech-centric and software teams produced technology tools. In the BT era, SDLC engages the business process in every key step.

Covey Source: https://www.stephencovey.com/7habits/7habits.php

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