Find the 'Little Elephants,' and Get Big Results From Microinnovation

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Summary

Small ideas can have a huge impact on enterprise performance. Finding these Little Elephants isn't an act of creative genius, but a formula that any CIO can start executing tomorrow.

Table of Contents

  • Analysis
    • What Is a "Little Elephant"?
    • Why Focus on the Front Office?
    • Why Focus on Little Elephants?
    • The Project-Planning Process in Most IT Shops Is Broken
      • Reason 1: Uniqueness Powers the Front Office
      • Reason 2: The Front Office Has Smaller Problems
      • Reason 3: Microinnovations Offer a Faster Benefits Realization Cycle
      • Reason 4: CIO Credibility With Big Projects Doesn't Translate to the Front Office
    • The Five Rules for Tracking Little Elephants
      • Rule 1: Know Thy Business
      • Rule 2: Break Rules and Barriers
      • Rule 3: Ensure Idea to Impact in Half a Year or Less
      • Rule 4: Don't Do All Your Own Thinking
      • Rule 5: Test Everything — but Not in the Way You Think
    • Conclusion
  • Recommended Reading
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