Aligning Process & Tech Teams — Key Ingredients For Innovation Delivery

People vector created by pch.vector

The Digital Solutions Communication Conundrum — For mortgage lenders, the road between defining needed system enhancements and delivering them, is paved with potholes, speedbumps, and land mines. Simply put, operational teams don’t speak the same language as the technology groups supporting them. Too many times grand “transformation” plans fall woefully short with unusable software, missed deadlines, bloated budgets, and ultimately deflated team morale. Advanced technologies are not “Intelligent” out of the box. To deliver innovation at scale, it takes the right combination of savvy mortgage process experts working side by side with non-practitioner technologists, translating functional requirements into actionable technical specs that can be understood by development teams eager to implement cool digital tools.

Aligning Process and Tech Teams for Success — When lenders align seasoned operations teams, well versed in front-line friction points, with skilled systems gurus who understand modern tech stacks and how to apply them, digital automation magic ensues. Consistent delivery of high-quality lending software starts with clear documentation of transaction handoffs from borrower qualification through to loan servicing. Each piece of the process has numerous execution path possibilities, each with required data, documents and calculations determining next step notifications and workflows. When systems analysts and technology developers collaborate in tandem, they begin to translate for each other, creating “a hah moments” of clarity which drastically reduces delivery risks. In short order the combined teams evolve to simultaneously document process optimizations with corresponding technology enablers, unlocking the innovation vault.

Translating Process/Tech Requirements Into Solutions

To illustrate the point, imagine a detailed process flow noting the pre-conditions for income data, asset verification, and DTI calculations needed to automatically qualify a borrower and send the Initial Disclosures. With real-time input from technology teams the process “blueprint” would simultaneously identify the System Event Triggers, APIs, Webhooks, Business Rules, and Workflow Pattern required to seamlessly automate the previously “silo’d” manual processes. As the teams get in a rhythm of iterating reams of detailed system enhancement specifications, skilled Agile software teams, armed with the right tools and methodologies, can predictably translate the specs into user-friendly solutions that deliver the functionality originally conceived.

Next Week in part 3 of this series we will dig into to opportunities to create an Agile Delivery Center Of Excellence

with the tools and methodologies to continuously deliver high-quality software solutions during each Sprint. If you are interested in discussing more today, click HERE to connect with Brimma now.

Rob Strickland

Rob Strickland is a Managing Partner at Brimma Tech Inc., a mortgage technology innovation partner for lenders seeking to deliver integrated holistic automation for their borrowers and front-line operations teams.

As a Chief Revenue Officer for the past 20+ years, he leads high-performing teams across Sales, Marketing, and Operations to deliver solutions that align customers’ business strategies with technology enablement options to exceed stated goals.

You can email him for more information at Rob@brimmatech.com and find him here on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/rcstrickland/

--

--

--

This blog represents Brimmatech.com

Recommended from Medium

Building a Chatbot using Chatfuel

Handling IOT data with MQTT, Telegraf, InfluxDB and Grafana

Make your existing API real-time with FeathersJS

Spotlight Story: Pioneering Open Source at the CFPB

What’s new in HTTPie 2.5.0

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store
Brimma

Brimma

This blog represents Brimmatech.com

More from Medium

Self-discovering journey with undiagnosed ADHD

Leadership Development

What eCommerce Trends Are Worth Supporting? Let’s Sort It Out

How to Manage Cultural Differences at Work: Tips from Exadel