Remember if there is no business, all those best practices and the processes will have no meaning. A fundamental point to keep in mind that you joined a “startup” that is not a Fortune 500 company, yet. However, you have a chance to make it one – so do your best, they need your leadership, make it count.
The senior management, human resources department, and other authorities in companies are hungry for under the hood information. Believe it or not, they want you to be successful (which includes your promotion). After all, your success defines their success.
If one can implement a solution in an existing platform with marginal expense on top of the current team and licensing costs, probably, it would be worth considering.
While assigning a budget to any IT program, the senior leadership assumes that their managers will implement creative and innovative solutions. After all, the top dollars are used to fund the so-called “experts” and “consultants” to help the IT teams. One of the solutions could be in the commoditization of the IT work that teams would do in an assembly line factory mode.
The focus of the process improvement must be to support the core business, not the core business itself. The actual implementation of the best practices is subjective that depends on a specific environment or situation.
The approval boards and committees should applaud the forthright open and honest behavior of cost savings and funding adjustments; rather than punishing it by making a red mark on the virtual credit rating of the team for future funding and budget approval
Handle IT customers and PMs with kids gloves. The opinions disguised or construed as the requirements may act as initial cracks in the foundation of the product for which the development has not even begun yet. Ask why? why not? what if?