Gartner Blog Network

Roles and Personas of Continuous Foresight

by Marty Resnick  |  January 31, 2020  |  2 Comments

Continuous Foresight provides a methodology providing leaders the ability to understand disruptive forces, make the hidden, visible, and illuminate obstacles and opportunities from “blind spots.”  However, like many methodologies and frameworks, unless it is intentionally applied and weaved into the culture of an organization it is bound to fail. CIOs and leaders in enterprise architecture or innovation, must set the example and determine what type of role they will assume in the culture of Continuous Foresight. To create a diverse group of thinking, all these roles should be represented.

Stargazer– uses Continuous Foresight methodologies more out of interest, but fails to act on them.


Innovator –utilizes Continuous Foresight to come up with new and innovative business models.


Bystander –sits back and watches the future go by, reacting as needed.


Master Builder – leads the organization through architecting paths and steps to inventing and architecting preferable futures.

As a CIO or leader in enterprise architecture or innovation, you need to ask yourself what your role is going to be as you lead the effort of inventing the future for your organization.

Additional Resources

View Free, Relevant Gartner Research

Gartner's research helps you cut through the complexity and deliver the knowledge you need to make the right decisions quickly, and with confidence.

Read Free Gartner Research

Category: continuous-foresight  driving-digital-business-transformation-for-industry-leadership  emerging-tech  trendspotting  

Marty Resnick
Sr Director Analyst
3 years at Gartner
20 years IT Industry

Marty Resnick is a Research Director on Gartner's Enterprise Architecture and Technology Innovation team based in Atlanta, GA (USA). Mr. Resnick's primary focus is on the role of the Enterprise Architect in the selection, recommendation and implementation of emerging technologies (e.g. virtual reality and augmented reality), as well as, the use of methodologies such as Agile and Design Thinking for use in ideation, innovation and achieving business outcomes. Read Full Bio

Thoughts on Roles and Personas of Continuous Foresight

  1. thank you fir this useful page

Comments are closed

Comments or opinions expressed on this blog are those of the individual contributors only, and do not necessarily represent the views of Gartner, Inc. or its management. Readers may copy and redistribute blog postings on other blogs, or otherwise for private, non-commercial or journalistic purposes, with attribution to Gartner. This content may not be used for any other purposes in any other formats or media. The content on this blog is provided on an "as-is" basis. Gartner shall not be liable for any damages whatsoever arising out of the content or use of this blog.