Get your digital-transformation project up and running at now-to-market speeds!

The scene is familiar: Someone within the organization throws a digitalization project on the corporate drawing board. Soon after, the project gets mired in endless discussions. Multiple interests groups express diverging, often conflicting opinions and forward movement seems unlikely. So how can a company break this cycle? Here are a few tips that can your project out of the endless-deliberation rut.

1. Keep the “ideation” phase short

Ideation can be a wonderful, vexing activity. It produces both very exciting ideas and very long discussions. To avoid the latter it is important set a stop time for ideation right from the start. The necessary ideation time depends on how ripe an idea for a digital business model or product is. The more ripe, the less time needed, and vice versa. There is a big difference between: We need to digitalize our supply chain, and we can reduce operating costs and overhead if we digitalize our supply chain in the following way. You can guess which one requires more ideation time.


2. Never put good ideas on the shelf

If you have a good idea, don’t put it on the shelf because good ideas rarely occur in isolation. As with scientific breakthroughs, If you’ve thought of a winning idea, chances are someone else has too — or will soon. It comes down to you bringing your idea to market the fastest. To do this, you’ll need two things.


3. Find your leader, find your money

If you’re the person who has a) come up with an idea, b) has the authority to realize it, and c) also has control over the budget, then nothing hinders you from moving your project forward. But if you’re missing either b) or c), it’s time to do some coalition building. If however you are more of a process or technology person, and less of a networker, you should hitch your wagon to someone within your organization with a reputation for launching successful projects. If you have a truly original idea, chances are that this person will be eager to attach his or her name to it and reap a share of the credit when the project goes live.


4. Avoid analysis paralysis

If you don’t have the internal IT resources to develop your digital business model or product, or your resources are not trained in agile development techniques, do not waste time trying to figure out how to build your project with the wrong tools. It won’t work: you can’t tighten a screw with a hammer. Instead seek outside resources. Does your project look like it can be built with standard software? Then talk to large companies that offer out-of-the-box solutions. If it is an original project, then look to an innovative, lean design and development firm that can build you a functioning prototype at a brisk pace. Once you have found the right partner, turn over the reins so they can hit the ground running. Don’t analyze results in a vacuum (and get stuck in more meetings, doing more talking). Instead Integrate real data and users as fast and as far as possible. In this way, you’ll acquire a working solution much faster.


5. Stay true to your principles

During the project assessment phase, you’ll develop a list of necessary features for a minimal viable product, as well as a backlog. Stick to these blueprints during prototyping. Do not get hung up on the details! If speed is a core project principle, remember the 80/20 rule: 20 percent effort can accomplish 80 percent of the work. 80 percent is more than enough to deliver proof of concept. You can put the other 80 percent effort toward making the project 100 percent viable during the sandbox and prototyping phases.


Forward, at now-to-market speeds

By following these steps, you can avoid getting stuck in talking traps and drive your digitalization projects forward. If you have a truly original, non-standard development project in mind contact Sclable now: moc.elbalcsnull@eciffo