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Chapter 1

In Pursuit of Growth

and Innovation

Steve Bell

Knowledge is an unending adventure at the edge of uncertainty.

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN IN THIS CHAPTER

Jacob Bronowski

Scientist and author of The Ascent of Man

◾ Why Lean IT plays an essential role in the ability of the enterprise to

run, grow, and transform

◾ Why sustained success requires a dynamic balance of operational

excellence and innovation

◾ Why a new approach to governance can help drive innovation and

alleviate uncertainty across the IT portfolio

◾ Why it’s more important to be a “learner” than a “knower”

The CIO is sitting in a large and well appointed but empty conference room,

a cup of cold coffee beside him as he thumbs through his fifty-page project

portfolio. Casually he says to me, “Ten percent of my annual $1 billion budget—over

one hundred million dollars—is waste. It’s not adding value to our

business or our customers.” Then he stops. He leans forward, lowering his

voice: “You and I both know it’s probably much more than that—I just can’t

say it openly.”

Do the math. If even 10% of the IT annual spend is waste, what is the

value of discovering and permanently eliminating that waste? And what

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