IVIS-21, Learn from peers – EXCELLENT tactical “How to Innovate” advice from an SMB CIO – Network World

IVIS-21, Learn from your peers

  • Next step – Read this article and then immediately implement as much as you can

How to become an IT Innovator – Network World provides an actionable framework for innovation in an SMB organization.  As stated by the CIO in the article, “they are not Google,” but the CIO took a pragmatic approach in implementing a textbook approach of IT innovation in an SMB.

Key takeaways from the  CIO’s 7 specific tactical recommendations are:

#3 – used agile methodologies already familiar to IT professionals to help build IT team efficiency and effectiveness quickly  (see prior blog entry re:Brad Power’s HBR post on ING’s use of SCRUM in the same manner)

#7 – “worked with a small team of existing staff, as well as some, really, really smart providers”

PS  The only detail missing is whether the CIO was responding to a pre-defined business request or did he launch the skunkworks solely based upon his own recognition of a business problem?  Either way, kudos to Niel Nickolaisen, CIO at Western Governors University!

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