Is Didier Deschamps a Champion of Software Intelligence?


When France took the FIFA World Cup in July, I was watching every minute. I rejoiced at the sight of Emmanuel Macron cheering from the stands during the game and seeing the team lift the trophy after their win. As I took this all in, I thought: How might this stunning victory also be a lesson in the value of Software Intelligence?

It may sound crazy at first, but consider the scenario: “By some measures” reported NPR, “Croatia dominated the [final] match, possessing the ball for more than 60 percent of the game. But in the end, it was France’s offense and its ability to recover the ball that resulted in its 4-2 victory.”

So while a few of the other game statistics were not impressive for France, that ultimately didn’t matter. Why? Because the team that Deschamps hand-picked, tested for its agility, speed and stamina, and ultimately brought a team to the world stage that worked together and knew how to compensate instantly for its flaws, while quickly moving forward.

Fielding Your Software Teams

Think of each player as an application; Since each application is part of the system, it must have good technique and speed, among other performance goals.

Some of you may know about Deschamps’ decision not to pick one very talented player for the national team who’d had some bad experiences with the other players. In our software world, such an issue is solved through system-level analysis. If an application is falling short, whether it’s because it’s sending out the wrong information, or maybe sharing too much data or bad data, it compromises the entire system’s performance and overall health, and other applications may suffer too.

Once you have your dream team, IT rationalization is like ranking your 23 players: The set of applications that carries 60% of your business is fast and efficient, has great stamina, and is cloud-ready. It’s your Team A.

What remains? Team B of course has great value, but may also have operating issues, such as with slow, inefficient code that interacts poorly with other applications in your suite—just like that player. You can work with Software Intelligence solutions to optimize your Team B assets.

Metrics Save the Day

Just like Deschamps, a CTO or CIO must orchestrate and synchronization his or her team of applications from year to another. Metrics and information—whether you're a winning World Cup coach or a CIO, help you take the right actions at the right time. By having enough data points and metrics on the team, you can more easily address any conflict and integrity issues. Technical debt is another concern here: A player thinking too much about himself versus the team is no good. It’s not about one person, it’s about a team.

Adapting Brings System Strength

A coach has to adapt [to changing times],” said Deschamps in a recent interview. “He must know what isn’t working, and what needs to change.

Using Software Intelligence, every tech leader can be like Deschamps. Armed with well-supported insights, you can make the appropriate changes on your team—because ultimately you want to maintain a great set of applications that run quietly, efficiently, and move you forward—just like the World Cup team that propelled itself forward, while making a place for themselves in football history. 

Philippe Guerin
Philippe Guerin Software Analytics & Risk Prevention specialist. Domain Expert in ADM Sizing and Productivity Measurement
A well-rounded technologist with over 15 years of leadership experience in ADM Productivity Measurement, Product Development/Management, Program Management, Solution Architecture, Sales, and Services, and more than 5 years of leading teams.
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