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Our framework was designed to improve a company’s odds of success and reduce risk. Therefore, we break it down into 5 time-boxed phases of implementation. This is the element that defines an IT transformation journey.

Each phase has certain characteristics and outcomes that need to be constantly monitored and managed. All of which require executive and senior leadership involvement.

Strategy  The journey begins when the executive team, including the CIO, articulates the business and technology strategy. The work is broken into 3 elements: Current State, Future Vision, and Closing the Gap.

The Turn  The work in this phase consists of sequencing, pacing and funding the journey from Current State to Future State.

Up and Running  The deal has been cut, the sequencing has been agreed to, and the roadmap has been blueprinted. This phase is about beginning to deliver.

Hitting Stride  This phase is about accelerating quality delivery and the agreed benefits of the change.

Self-Sufficiency  This final phase is about industrialization of the new model and continuous improvement.

Minding the Gap
“One of the key pieces of work in [Phase 1] is to understand the gap between your current business model and the future state. This gap begins to define the work, timeframes, investments, and risks of the transformation.”

~ from Blind Spot: A Leader’s Guide to IT-Enabled Business Transformation