Podcast: Moving from Projects to Products w/ Mik Kersten

Oct 31, 2018 10:29:54 AM By Mark Miller

"If you look inside a large enterprise IT organization, they have this very bizarre and broken layer that's completely separating the way that business thinks in terms of products, budgets and costs, and the way IT people know the way they need to innovate, which is delivering products faster." -- Mik Kersten

I sat down with Mik Kersten, CEO of TaskTop, and John Willis after Mik's presentation at DevOps Enterprise Summit 2018. His new book, Projects to Products, coming out November 20, 2018, is an attempt to help the industry move from using success metrics more appropriate for the industrial age, to a new type of measurement where value is measured as part of the overall business goal through Value Stream Mapping.

About Mik Kersten

Dr. Mik Kersten is the CEO of Tasktop Technologies, creator and leader of the Eclipse Mylyn open source project and inventor of the task-focused interface. As a research scientist at Xerox PARC, Mik implemented the first aspect-oriented programming tools for AspectJ. He created Mylyn and the task-focused interface during his PhD in Computer Science at the University of British Columbia.

Mik has been an Eclipse committer since 2002, is an elected member of the Eclipse Board of Directors and serves on the Eclipse Architecture and Planning councils. Mik's thought leadership on task-focused collaboration makes him a popular speaker at software conferences, and he was voted a JavaOne Rock Star speaker in 2008 and 2009. Mik enjoys building tools that offload our brains and make it easier to get creative work done.

Specialties: Software Development Tools, Productivity tools, Task-Focused Interfaces, Application Lifecycle Management, Agile, Management, Aspect-Oriented Programming, Eclipse, Java