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Take Baby Steps to Innovate in a Resource-Constrained or Risk-Averse Environment

Published: 03 February 2020

ID: G00463992

Analyst(s): Jackie Fenn , Erik Van Ommeren, Tsuneo Fujiwara


“Fail fast” may work in Silicon Valley, but what if CIOs need to innovate with no time or budget, and everyone’s afraid of failure? This roadmap combines tactics for low-cost, low-risk innovation with a long-term strategy for an innovation-friendly culture that drives higher-impact business change.

Table Of Contents


  • Five Constraints to Innovation Present Challenges to Organizations
    • Constraints Arise From Mismatched Goals and Context
  • Two Parallel Paths Align Goals and Context
    • Working Within the Constraints
    • Working to Remove the Constraints
  • Get Started on the Baby Steps Innovation Pattern
  • Assess Goals and Context With Gartner’s Innovation Framework
  • Develop Activities to Address Each Identified Constraint
  • Design Your Baby Steps Innovation Roadmap

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