Gartner Research

Accelerate Your Journey to Innovation Excellence With a Customizable Innovation Framework

Published: 11 August 2017

ID: G00338668

Analyst(s): Jackie Fenn, David Cearley, Erik Van Ommeren

Summary

CIOs are under pressure to lead innovation not only in IT but also for the enterprise. Navigating the expanding landscape of innovation approaches can be intimidating. CIOs need to understand which approaches will meet their goals, from getting started to creating a world-class innovation program.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Question
  • Opportunities and Challenges
  • How This Report Will Help

Foreword

  • Acknowledgments

Executive Summary

  • There’s no one right way to innovate, so CIOs must select from the possibilities
  • To design your innovation journey, know your business destination
  • Find the activities that allow you to organize and execute innovation
  • Jump-start your journey with common innovation patterns
  • Develop an action plan for ongoing innovation leadership

There’s no one right way to innovate, so CIOs must select from the possibilities

  • CIOs need to develop and cultivate their innovation leadership
  • Innovation is a set of choices, not one best practice
  • CIOs need to organize and execute innovation
  • CIOs need to design their organization’s innovation journey using an innovation framework

To design your innovation journey, know your business destination

  • Don’t start your journey without goals
  • Recognize the organizational context that shapes your choices
  • Establish guiding principles for the innovation effort
  • Use your innovation profile to guide your innovation approach

Find the activities that allow you to organize and execute innovation

  • Organizing innovation: From accidental to intentional
  • Executing innovation: From idea to value

Jump-start your journey with common innovation patterns

Develop an action plan for ongoing innovation leadership

  • Expand and experiment with your innovation process regularly
  • Conclusion: What would you do differently next time?

Appendix: Case Studies

  • Moss Adams restructures training and operating processes to inspire innovative thinking and leadership
  • PostNord delivers innovation with a customer focus
  • With a focus on innovation, Southern Company generates new ideas and products
  • Vanguard invests in innovation to move the business forward

Further Reading

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