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Adapt and Scale a Successful Pilot Project

Harvard Business Review

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If you want to introduce a major change in your organization — a new technology, process, system, product, partnership, or the like — you may decide to launch a pilot project. But if it’s successful, then how do you scale it? Telling everyone to implement your new solution or tool won’t work.

You need to create the conditions that allow teams across the organization to adapt the pilot to their unique circumstances. Give them some guidance about the extent to which they can make modifications, but otherwise let them loose for a limited period of time. See what they can do to generate new solutions or innovations.

Capture the learnings from each of these second-round experiments so that teams in the next wave of implementation can start with an even richer menu of possibilities. In short, your pilot is just the beginning of a long-term, collaborative, and iterative process. If you let that process play out, you’ll unlock your organization’s potential to innovate.


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