Viewpoints By Ted Farrington

Article: Transformative Innovation Involves Risk: But you can pick the type of risk most suited for your organization!

Before firms jump into the space of bigger, more transformative, innovation there are several conversations that need to occur but rarely do. Here are three good conversations that should occur before launching a transformative innovation effort.

Article: Implementing Global IT Systems: DIY Projects

Even for smaller projects where a company thinks they have resources, project teams should engage a third-party integrator for two very good reasons.

Article: Implementing Global IT Systems: Avoid Self-Gathering Data

Data migration is a huge challenge when implenting an IT system. Asking users to migrate that data comprimises consistency, accuracy, completeness and functionality.

Article: Implementing Global IT Systems: Don’t Skip the Dress Rehearsal

While any testing is better than no testing, gauging where your organization is to understand what needs to be done to work towards the highest level of testing, and ultimately, success will save time and effort in the long run. 

Article: Implementing Global IT Systems: Don’t Skip Stakeholders

While it’s easy to say that a system implementation will increase efficiency in the organization, it’s critical to ensure that all stakeholders will see the benefits of the system first hand to ensure long term success.

Article: Implementing Global IT Systems: Don’t Jump the Gun

One of the most valuable, but underutilized, tools for managing change while implementing large process systems is the readiness assessment. It’s important to gauge whether the process system is necessary and if the organization is ready for its implementation to avoid wasted time and energy.

Article: Implementing Global IT Systems: Don’t Miss the Point

Without a clear understanding of the purpose of a global IT implementation, getting buy in from all affected parties will be nearly impossible. Clearly define the point of and verify the need for the project with all campuses to ensure cooperation and participation before moving forward. 

Article: Understanding Strategic Foresight: Participatory Futures and MOOGs

Strategic foresight enables companies to build a proprietary view of the future to drive breakthrough innovation. Some Strategic foresight projects include Participatory Futures, which are immersive experiences in a simulated future environment that help innovation leaders gain insights in to new products or service opportunities

Article: The Benefits of Foresight for Innovation Leaders

It is impossible to predict the future. A Strategic foresight process provides an ongoing way to fill and manage the innovation pipeline so that companies can act in uncertainty and gain outsized growth from safely taking greater risks.

Article: Implementing Global IT Systems: Don’t Ignore Inconsistencies

Implementing an IT system is challenging enough in a single location, but add multiple campuses to the mix and new and unique challenges begin to arise. Global organizational alignment is critical to overcoming these challenges.