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Using the Lean Canvas for an IT solution proof of concept

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I was assisting a client with sourcing some new IT solutions. For one particular IT need, the client had shortlisted a potential solution with a trusted vendor but they needed to explore the potential solution further to understand its capabilities in more detail. They were unclear as to whether they should directly source with this vendor or go to the wider market (with a Request for Proposal (RFP)) to address this particular need. Further to this, it was unclear how long this project would run for so it was important to understand the time and effort that may be involved without consuming too many resources. 
The client was seeking to employ a specific approach for this potential solution, where a “fail fast” lean Proof of Concept (PoC) would be conducted to rapidly test whether the potential solution was fit for purpose without spending unnecessary time and effort required to conduct a RFP.
To start, we confirmed the following principles to guide the PoC: Do not develop detailed requ…

IT Organisational Design and Practices Survey 2016

In preparation for a presentation at the Service Management 2016 conference, I was seeking data on modern IT organisational designs and practices. I attempted to acquire this data is via an open survey that closed on Monday 1 August 2016.

I asked people: 

If you work in an IT organisation/department and have 5 spare minutes, I'd appreciate your views. If you are a consultant, please answer on behalf of your last client.


This survey is supporting non-for-profit, individual research into IT organisational design and practices. No personal data is requested or stored and you will not be spammed. All data will be made available to the public and a summary is provided to you upon completion.You may enter multiple responses and please answer honestly (remember: garbage in = garbage out).
Here is the survey form.
Here is the survey responses dataset.

Questions about this survey can be posted below or directed to me:  
Email:    ian@ianjones.co    
Twitter:  @jonesyianau

What is Digital Transformation?

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Digital Transformation is 'integrating digital technologies, such as social, mobile, analytics and cloud, in the service of transforming how your business works' (Strategy, not technology drives digital transformation, 2015) with the aim of providing greater value to your customers.


(yes - it's that simple)




References:
Strategy, not technology drives digital transformation (2015). Retrieved June 3, 2016 from http://sloanreview.mit.edu/projects/strategy-drives-digital-transformation/