Start small, scale fast…

I remember the slide and deployment planning mantra “start small, scale fast” from very early in my career working in Accenture’s Human Performance Service Line. I see this corporate lingo bingo is back in vogue with consulting marketeers. Back in the early 2000’s it was a slide that we’d throw into our approach decks in preparation for defining scope for our portal, content or knowledge management integration projects. Even though most of our client projects followed a typical waterfall SDLC methodology, we would advise our clients to bake in iterative prototyping, early adoption usability testing, and focus on manageable scope deployments that provided value early…and often.

Since those days of trying to sell this approach within our program planning, the IT project-sphere has embraced this approach through methodology (Agile), more pay-for-play and bite-sized technology offerings, and the urgent desire to show bottom-line customer value immediately. With the rapid pace of business and technology innovation, large long-term deployments have become the dinosaur of the past for our information management deployments. I believe the deployment of now and the future is to plan, design, and deploy with immediacy, value, and the least business strain on internal and external customers.

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