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Apply Strategic Foresight to Enable IT-Led Growth

Be the disruptor, not the disrupted.

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Applying strategic foresight will help you overcome the following challenges:

  • Rapid technological innovation that disrupts the organization’s business model and leaves little time to react.
  • Larger, less agile organizations struggling to reallocate resources sunk into existing operations to accommodate shifting priorities.
  • The need to establish a structured approach to innovation management that considers external trends as well as internal processes.
  • Showing the CEO how an investment in IT innovation results in revenue growth by identifying the right opportunities.

Strategic foresight will help you:

  • Become the disruptor, not the disrupted. Info-Tech’s methodology helps you plan proactively and identify opportunities early.
  • Effectively process the signals in your environment, build an understanding of relevant trends, and turn this understanding into action.
  • Be more proactive about technological innovation, and in doing so, become more competitive.

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Module 1: Pre-workshop – Gather Signals and Build a Repository

The Purpose

  • Gather relevant signals that will inform your organization about what is happening in the external competitive environment.

Note: this is preparation for the workshop and is not offered onsite.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • A better understanding of the competitive landscape.

Activities: Outputs:
1.1 Gather relevant signals.
1.2 Store signals in a repository for quick and easy recall during the workshop.
  • A set of signal items ready for analysis

Module 2: Identify Trends and Uncover Drivers

The Purpose

  • Uncover trends in your environment and assess their potential impact.
  • Determine the causal forces behind relevant trends to inform strategic decisions.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • An understanding of the underlying causal forces that are influencing a trend that is affecting your organization.

Activities: Outputs:
2.1 Cluster signals into trends.
2.2 Analyze trend impact and select a key trend.
  • A collection of relevant trends with a key trend selected
2.3 Perform causal analysis.
2.4 Select drivers.
  • A set of drivers influencing the key trend with primary drivers selected

Module 3: Build Scenarios and Ideate

The Purpose

  • Leverage your understanding of trends and drivers to build plausible scenarios and apply them as a canvas for ideation.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • A set of potential responses or reactions to trends that are affecting your organization.

Activities: Outputs:
3.1 Build scenarios.
  • Four plausible scenarios for ideation purposes
3.2 Brainstorm potential strategic initiatives (ideation).
  • A potential strategic initiative that addresses each scenario

Module 4: Apply Wind Tunneling and Select Ideas

The Purpose

  • Assess the various ideas based on which are most likely to succeed in the face of uncertainty.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • An idea that you have tested in terms of risk and uncertainty.
  • An idea that can be developed and pitched to the business or stored for later use. 

Activities: Outputs:
4.1 Assign probabilities to scenarios.
4.2 Apply wind tunneling.
4.3 Select ideas.
4.4 Discuss next steps and prototyping.
  • A strategic initiative (idea) that is ready to move into prototyping
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