Technology Delivery Manager Library

Role_TDM_LargeThe Technology Delivery Manager (TDM) is responsible for managing the delivery of the technology solution of a business increment and the flow and continual delivery of the program or value stream producing it in the shortest cycle time.

To do this, the TDM role attends to several things at the program level:

  • Making all significant work activity visible
  • Improving the work value stream: removing tactical impediments, improving work process for more effective, consistent and sustainable execution, etc.
  • Understanding the components of the system, how functionality maps to them, and how the system is projected to evolve, so it can manage how it comes together to deliver capability on time (per release roadmap/schedule) and with high integrity
  • Identifying and managing risks that could affect delivery

To do these effectively, the TDM should be familiar with all aspects of Lean-Agile work processes, as well as be well-founded in systems thinking. For the TDM, the most important systems principle is that “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” This means that integration is more than simply bringing together pieces, but also introduces emergent system-level behaviors that must be projected, observed and managed as part of integration and of this role.

Compare the TDM with the ADM role, which is responsible for the content of the solution.

Alternate or related roles:

  • Release Train Engineer (SAFe)
  • Integration Manager
  • Value Stream Manager

Explore this role in the Technology Delivery Manager Reading Path

Resources related to Technology Delivery Manager

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Overview of Roles (Article)
Product Portfolio Management: Essential for Agile at Scale (Blog Entry)
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Technology Delivery Manager: Alternatives for the Role (Article)
Technology Delivery Manager: Overview of Roles (Article)
Technology Delivery Manager: Standard Work (Article)
The Net Objectives Guardrails System (Blog Entry)
Using Guardrails to Tie Business to Technology (Blog Entry)
Using Visual Controls (Article)
What Is Required at Scale | Effective Agile at Scale (Blog Entry)
What Is the Budgeting Cycle? (Article)
What Roles Are Missing? Which Roles Need To Be Redefined? (Article)
Will We Focus on Improving People or Improving the System? (Article)
Writing a Capability (Article)