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12 july 2016.
What if the methods least used by IT teams were, in fact, those that yielded the best returns?

Such was the main conclusion of a recent study by Gartner, which relegated such fashionable concepts as agile methodologies to the background in favor of focusing on techniques like ideas crowdsourcing, the generation of collaborative environments, or calculation of different metrics.

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Mary Mesaglio, Research Vice-president at Gartner and a specialist in the role of the CIO, quoted in Forbes five “innovation hacks” (see photo) that, either together or separately, can drive companies or procure the greatest short-term return in the “digital arena”. Here is a summary:

 1. Ideas crowdsourcing.
Collaborative work adds up, since each process of co-creation is, at the same time, a multiplier for ideas and knowledge. This is why more and more organizations are turning to ideas crowdsourcing in order to solve complex challenges, through a digital community that serves as a meeting point for collective ideas.

On this point Gartner insists that any organization can develop a community–and an internal culture–of innovation, starting with the exposition of simple challenges (e.g. defining new formats for meetings) that can gradually increase in complexity.

2. Use of differentiated metrics.
Digital innovation requires numeric and behavioral quantification in order to calculate the degree of innovation, speed and agility of an organization, apart from the ROI that tends to worry senior management more than anything else.

Also gaining importance are tools that allow organizations, for example, to centralize different metrics, in real time and grouping together all the actors, in a maturation process that transforms ideas into products. In short, measuring a company’s degree of innovation.

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3. Continued management of Innovation.
This is one more element in the company that leads to the creation of a routine for innovative practices. Gartner holds that ideas need to “have a home”; a specific and distinctive place for their incubation that is creative, conductive to innovation, and brings the entire organization together.

4. Working with startups.
Forging collaboration agreements with external agents–startups, incubators, universities–allows large companies to incorporate talent and know-how related to specific projects, making the most of existing and differential knowledge beyond the boundaries of our organizations.

5. Differentiated funding.
Reserving a small part of our budget to digital innovation initiatives can become a great investment and unexpected leverage for change that opens the door to disruptive scenarios.

This step can cause important internal resistance, but in such cases Gartner reminds us that unexplored opportunities in the digital era can bring about more risks than taking measures that may, a priori, seem uncertain experiments.

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