This Guest paper was originally published in August 2013 on the PICARO website.
After some editing to make for easier web site reading, it is reproduced here with the permission of the author. Copyright Leopoldo Innecco © 2015
Note: US spelling of the original text has been adopted.

Published here March 2015.

Introduction | PICARO | Propose Transformation Phase
Collect and Analyze Transformation Drivers | Align Transformation Strategy and Organization
Understanding Corporate Success Factors | The PICARO Tree of Life | Rollout Transformation

Leopoldo Innecco, ExMBA, is a business transformation consultant with over 15 years of international multi-cultural professional experience. Through driving change programmes in large organizations, he compiled the knowledge and experience for building the PICARO Framework. He is currently developing software to facilitate the strategic planning processes covered by PICARO. Using the PICARO Lifecycle, it is intended to provide an online portal to enable organizations to process the information produced during change programmes from the organization's initial strategy formulation/transformation phase to the post strategic reviews. He may be reached through his web site or by email at


Often the need to transform a business is identified, but how to transform that need into an implementable plan is a major challenge. Taking conventional project structures will usually lead projects to start well but could potentially end up losing focus due to the structure being generic and not tailored to driving major change programs. The PICARO lifecycle was created in an effort to combine project management, change management and business transformation processes into a single framework.

This framework is divided into six major phases as shown in Figure 1. These phases are: Propose Transformation; Initiate Transformation Process; Collect & Analyze Transformation Drivers; Align Transformation Strategy & Organization; Rollout Transformation; and Operational Maturity – hence "PICARO".

The development of the PICARO unified framework was based on years of practical business transformation experience coupled with recognized best practices and existing theories. For more details please visit

Each of the PICARO phases is described in the pages that follow.


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