Gartner Research

CIOs Seeking to Successfully Transition Must Create an Exit Plan

Published: 17 August 2018

ID: G00352552

Analyst(s): Irving Tyler, Remi Gulzar, Monika Sinha


Having an exit plan delivers a smooth transition for the incoming CIO and the IT organization overall, and readies the exiting CIO for what’s next. CIOs can follow this guidance for planning their last days to prepare the organization for the change and to pivot effectively to the next opportunity.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Embrace the Opportunities From a Transition
  • Acknowledge the Succession Plan in Your Exit Plan
  • Apply a Role-Based Approach to Your Transition
  • Craft Your Exit Plan
    • Step 1: Understand Your Role
    • Step 2: Assess Your Performance, and Spot Any Vulnerabilities
    • Step 3: Prepare for Your Transition
    • Step 4: Execute Your Transition
    • Step 5: Transition and Reflect
  • Grab the Opportunities That Transitions Present

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