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Why did we wait so long for the bicycle?
The key insight was to stop trying to build a mechanical carriage, and instead build something more like a mechanical horse.
Innovation  bicycles  history  links  via:Workflow 
august 2019 by cote
Research: For Better Brainstorming, Tell an Embarrassing Story
we found that the “embarrassment” teams generated 26% more ideas spanning 15% more use categories than their counterparts.

Candor led to greater creativity. Thus, we propose a new rule for brainstorming sessions: Tell a self-deprecating story before you start. As uncomfortable as this may seem, especially among colleagues you would typically want to impress, the result will be a broader range of creative ideas, which will surely impress them even more.
Turnsout  blameless  management  innovation  HBR  links  via:Workflow 
june 2019 by cote
A systematic way of structuring your organization to focus on innovation instead of career advancement.
management  leadership  hbr  innovation 
april 2019 by cote
Not so fast AI Doctor, the FDA would like to check how good you really are at healthcare
> Obtaining FDA approval can be a difficult and long process. “The traditional paradigm of medical device regulation was not designed for adaptive AI or ML technologies, which have the potential to adapt and optimize device performance in real – time to continuously improve healthcare for patients,” the report said.
> “The highly iterative, autonomous, and adaptive nature of these tools requires a new, total product lifecycle (TPLC) regulatory approach that facilitates a rapid cycle of product improvement and allows these devices to continually improve while providing effective safeguards.”

For example:

> If a manufacturer decides that its device that studies retinal scans for diabetic retinopathy can also measure if a patient has high blood pressure or not, it’ll have to contact FDA officials to check if the device can be used for that purpose.

Meanwhile, [we can't even figure out how to figure out the ethics of AI](

This is probably a good space for that Talebian thinking that goes "start with what's worked for thousands of years, and probably don't stop."
Healthcare  ai  regulations  FDA  innovation  links  via:Workflow 
april 2019 by cote
Evidence-Based Management Guide
It’s all about that Unrealized Value.
metrics  innovation  books 
january 2019 by cote
Unpacking the AI-Productivity Paradox
> There are numerous cases where we see a lag between tech achievements and economic impact. Retailers’ recent experience with e-commerce is a good example. The e-commerce excitement of the 1990s was prophetic, but it took nearly two decades — until 2017 — for online business models to approach 10% of total retail sales. The sector as a whole required the build-out of an entire distribution infrastructure. Customers had to be “retrained” to buy online. Organizational inertia held back innovation in business processes, supply chains, and product selection. None of the needed changes happened overnight, even though the potential of e-commerce to revolutionize retailing was widely recognized, and even hyped. The actual share of online commerce was a miniscule 0.2% of all retail sales in 1999. Only now are companies like Inc. having a first-order effect on more traditional retailers’ sales and stock market valuations. Self-driving cars, medical applications of machine learning, and many other AI breakthroughs will likely follow a similar trajectory.
retail  ecommerce  innovation  AI 
january 2019 by cote
Exploring the map – Wardley Maps
Wardley’s take on riding the diffusion or understand curve:

> The uncharted space is where no-one knows what is wanted which forces us to explore and experiment. Change is the norm here and any method that you use must enable and reduce the cost of change. In this part of the map, I tend to use an Agile approach that has been cut right back to the core principles, a very lightweight version of XP or SCRUM.

> Of course, as a component evolves and we start to understand it more then our focus changes. Sometime during the stage of custom built we switch and start to think about creating a product. Whilst we may continue to use underlying techniques such as XP or SCRUM, our focus is now on reducing waste, improving measurements, learning and creating that first minimal viable product. We start to add artefacts to our methodology and the activity has more permanence about it as it undergoes this transition. We’ve stopped exploring the uncharted space and started concentrating on what we’ve found. Today, Lean tends to rule the waves here though back in 2005 we were struggling to find something appropriate. The component however will continue to evolve becoming more widespread and defined as it approaches the domain of industrialised volume operations. Our focus again switches but this time to mass production of good enough which means reducing deviation. At this point, Six Sigma along with formalised frameworks such as ITIL then start to rule the waves. Any significant system will have components at different stages of evolution. At any one moment in time, there is no single method that will fit all.
innovation  strategy  wardley 
september 2018 by cote
Media Availability with Secretary Mattis at DIUx, transcript
"And one of the ways you make certain that you don't have bad processes eat up good peoples' ideas is you make certain that you remove the bad processes and organize for success."
DIUx  mil  innovation  digitaltransformation 
august 2018 by cote
What Your Innovation Process Should Look Like
“Once a list of innovation ideas has been refined by curation, it needs to be prioritized. One of the quickest ways to sort innovation ideas is to use the McKinsey Three Horizons Model. Horizon 1 ideas provide continuous innovation to a company’s existing business model and core capabilities. Horizon 2 ideas extend a company’s existing business model and core capabilities to new customers, markets or targets. Horizon 3 is the creation of new capabilities to take advantage of or respond to disruptive opportunities or disruption. We’d add a new category, Horizon 0, which refers to graveyards ideas that are not viable or feasible.”
govt  innovation  strategy  digitaltransformation 
july 2018 by cote
How to make innovation programs deliver more than coffee cups
‘“a lack of connection between innovation teams and their parent organization. Teams form/and are taught outside of their parent organization because innovation is disconnected from other activities. This meant that when teams went back to their home organization, they found that execution of existing priorities took precedence. They returned speaking a foreign language (What’s a pivot? Minimum viable what?) to their colleagues and bosses who are rewarded on execution-based metrics. Further, as budgets are planned out years in advance, their organization had no slack for “good ideas.” As a result, there was no way to finish and deploy whatever innovative prototypes the innovators had developed – even ones that have been validated.”’
digitaltransformation  lean  agile  management  innovation 
july 2018 by cote
“Jeff, what does Day 2 look like?”
"Staying in Day 1 requires you to experiment patiently, accept failures, plant seeds, protect saplings, and double down when you see customer delight. A customer-obsessed culture best creates the conditions where all of that can happen."
amazon  innovation  strategy  quotes  JeffBezos 
january 2018 by cote
The Amazon machine
When you look at large manufacturing companies, it becomes very clear that the machine that makes the machine is just as important as the machine itself.…
IFTTT  via:Instapaper  amazon  innovation  strategy 
december 2017 by cote
Finally, China manufactures a ballpoint pen all by itself
"While there were over 3,000 companies manufacturing pens in China, none had their own high-end technology for the tip. Instead, about 90 percent of the pen tips and refills, too, were imported from Japan, Germany and Switzerland, according to Chinese state media. This cost the industry $17.3 million a year, according to the China National Light Industry Council."
Japan  China  ballpointpens  pens  innovation  manufactoring 
january 2017 by cote
Innovation Outposts and the Evolution of Corporate R
Some corporate innovation studies and charts porn for when you need that kind of thing.
innovation  numbers  surveys  charts  digitaltransformation 
november 2015 by cote
IT: Think Digital, Think Business, Think Big
n=250 survey that shows people want more from IT, but they feel IT is not up to the task: "A mere 43 percent agreed their IT department were successfully becoming more strategic, responsive, and valued as a partner; 58 percent rated IT as poor or making only moderate steps, the report said."
surveys  transformation  digitalenterprise  innovation 
august 2015 by cote
Office, messaging and verbs — Benedict Evans
"You don't actually send email or make a spreadsheet - you analyze, delegate, report, confer, decide, track and so on. "
innovation  office  collab  whitecollar 
july 2015 by cote – Gartner Says Bimodal IT Projects Require New...
Gartner Says Bimodal IT Projects Require New Project Management Styles - April 28, 2015 at 07:55PM
IFTTT  Tumblr  thirdplatform  Gartner  bimodalIT  innovation  project  management 
april 2015 by cote
To me this almost the image of…a dog running ahead of the fire.
innovation  podcasts  apple  InnovatorsDilemma  via:ifttt  from:tumblr  quote  tumblr:quote 
november 2014 by cote
Jill Lepore: What the Theory of “Disruptive Innovation” Gets Wrong : The New Yorker
Doctors have obligations to their patients, teachers to their students, pastors to their congregations, curators to the public, and journalists to their readers—obligations that lie outside the realm of earnings, and are fundamentally different from the obligations that a business executive has to employees, partners, and investors. Historically, institutions like museums, hospitals, schools, and universities have been supported by patronage, donations made by individuals or funding from church or state. The press has generally supported itself by charging subscribers and selling advertising. (Underwriting by corporations and foundations is a funding source of more recent vintage.) Charging for admission, membership, subscriptions and, for some, earning profits are similarities these institutions have with businesses. Still, that doesn’t make them industries, which turn things into commodities and sell them for gain. I suppose it’s worth being reminded that some things just don’t function well as a business. I’m not sure if that means they can’t benefit from disruptive innovation, however.
via:ifttt  from:tumblr  nonprofit  business  innovation  disruption  link  tumblr:link 
june 2014 by cote
Escape Velocity, by Geoffrey Moore, is one of the better tech strategy books out there, mainly focusing on how existing companies can avoid screwing themselves. Innovator’s Dilemma and all that. This is a nice looking overview, including the above field question of how to do the messaging around why your offer is different than the alternatives.
books  innovation  sales  marketing  fieldmaterial  GeoffreyMoore  via:ifttt  from:tumblr  tumblr:photo  photo 
june 2014 by cote
The reality is that finance will eat strategy for breakfast any day.
innovation  CapitalistsDilemma  clayton  christensen  strategy  via:ifttt  from:tumblr  quote  tumblr:quote 
june 2014 by cote
F. Scott Fitzgerald once said, “Yeah, this should definitely be in 3D.” No, what he said was, “[T]he test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.” That’s what you have to do: you have to be confident in your potential, and aware of your inexperience. And that’s really tough. There are moments when you’ll have a different point of view because you’re a fresh set of eyes; because you don’t care how it’s been done before; because you’re sharp and creative; because there is another way, a better way. But there will also be moments when you have a different point of view because you’re wrong, because you’re 23 and you should shut up and listen to somebody who’s been around the block.
BigCo  meetings  innovation  collaboration  hellisotherpeople  via:ifttt  from:tumblr  quote  tumblr:quote 
april 2014 by cote
"A system created by Apple to test early iPhone software in 2006. It tethered a plastic touch-screen device—code-named ‘Wallaby’—to an outdated Mac to simulate the slower speeds of a phone’s hardware." (via Apple Engineer Recalls the iPhone’s Birth -
iphone  wires  Apple  innovation  mobile  pics  via:ifttt  from:tumblr  tumblr:photo  photo 
march 2014 by cote
Cash Piles, Paranoia Fuel Tech Giants' Buying Binge -
Nice pice on disruption fear driven tech M&A: From messaging to watches and thermostats, Facebook and Google, along with Inc. and Apple Inc., each want to own the digital platform where people communicate, shop and seek entertainment. The competition is driven by their ability to pay—their combined market capitalization exceeds $1 trillion—and long memories of faded tech stars that didn’t evolve quickly enough. … The four companies are competing to control as much as possible of the tech ecosystem. In Silicon Valley parlance, it’s all about controlling “the platform.” A big reason is to gather data about users, to serve them ads or to anticipate their next purchase.
via:ifttt  from:tumblr  m&a  devrel  facebook  google  amazon  apple  disruption  sunw  innovation  wsj  link  tumblr:link 
march 2014 by cote
It’s 2014 and I’m still doing meat-ware text merging when I have to work across the firewall. There’s plenty of potential for computers to make things more awesome, far into the horizon.
pics  innovation  Office  editing  451  writing  whitecollartoolchain  collab  via:ifttt  from:tumblr  tumblr:photo  photo 
march 2014 by cote
fred-wilson: Ray Kroc started McDonalds when he was my age. Nice.
work  innovation  startups  pics  charts  via:ifttt  from:tumblr  tumblr:photo  photo 
march 2014 by cote
Yes. I’d stop. I’d make things for myself, for my friends at home instead. The bar needs to be high. I don’t think that will happen. We are at the beginning of a remarkable time, when a remarkable number of products will be developed. When you think about technology and what it has enabled us to do so far, and what it will enable us to do in future, we’re not even close to any kind of limit. It’s still so, so new.
quotes  apple  JonyIve  innovation  via:ifttt  from:tumblr  quote  tumblr:quote 
march 2014 by cote
For those who don't have 3.5 hours, some highlights from #TheAppGap | Coté
As I mentioned, a few weeks back I was in a recorded “think tank” put on by Dell which was, largely, about the changing nature of IT and how CIOs could go about managing it. For those who don’t want to nuzzle up to a 3.5 hour recording (perhaps with a six pack and some chips?), Dell has pulled some highlights: “What do customers expect in an application today?” IT is facing competition for the first time ever The Web Of C-Level Relationships The Willy-wonky of Servers talks about “persistently, ubiquitously connected to the network era” And check out Barton’s omnibus overview. For the record, I got a much needed hair-cut the next week.
TheAppGap  IT  innovation  disruption  videos  Dell  via:ifttt  from:tumblr  tumblr:text 
february 2014 by cote
Privatisation allows us to be bold: Michael Dell - Economic Times
When I spent time with other entrepreneurs, the feeling was ‘go public’. Now you have ‘stay private longer’, because then you can invest, innovate. The minute you go public, you have this incredible pressure to increase earnings every single quarter, quarter after quarter. I am not saying that is all bad. There are companies that are perfectly good for it, but it has a real downside as well.
via:ifttt  from:tumblr  dell  quotes  goingprivate  innovation  link  tumblr:link 
january 2014 by cote
Study: Despite bright, shiny rivals, good old Office still rules at work - Network World
So says a recent survey of 155 IT buyers. Also, this depressing note for people who like innovation: Ranking on the low end of priorities are features that get a lot of attention in the market for their razzle-dazzle but apparently aren’t very interesting yet in the real world. Those include the ability for multiple users to simultaneously co-edit documents, which is a big Google Docs feature, and mobile apps for iOS and Android devices, which indicates there isn’t a lot of interest in using office suites with tablets just yet.
via:ifttt  from:tumblr  office  marketshare  saas  innovation  forrester  surveys  numbers  procurment  link  tumblr:link 
october 2013 by cote
BMC chief: Our going private is 'great news for customers, bad news for competitors' - Network World
[Going private] will give us the opportunity to move a little quicker, as we can take more risk - specifically, longer-term investments with a little less focus on quarterly Wall Street estimates. If we need to invest $10 million this week in new cloud, mobile or SaaS technologies, I don’t have to check what the impact to our earnings per share this quarter will be to our share price before we make that decision. I’m not sure I buy the idea that tech companies can’t properly innovate when public, at least as an absolute. I’m sure there are companies who’ve lost Wall Street’s trust (or that Wall Street is just sort of dumb about - that is, investors are being unfair) who are in that bind. It’d be nice to figure out which company characteristics fit there, what the pattern is.
via:ifttt  from:tumblr  goingprivate  bmc  systemsmanagement  m&a  innovation  link  tumblr:link 
september 2013 by cote
Coté • Book Review: Technological Revolutions and Financial Capital
What you get from Technological Revolutions and Financial Capital is an explanation of how new technologies and the resulting changes in society and business (esp. finance) create cyclical 40-60 year boom, bust, and the thriving cycle. The valuable part isn’t pointing out that there’s a cycle, but rather collecting together the lengthy cause and effect chain of various cycles of time. The account of how financing (that is, how money “seeks” to fund innovation and then “make money from money,” or “rent-seeking” as the kids like to say) is especially interesting. There’s a distinction between “production capital” (money used by companies to create profit by creating/doing some business in goods or services) and “financial capital” (“banks” and investors who seek to “make money from money,” not by producing something) that’s an especially helpful framing to pound into your head. For example, in this later passage, you get a sense of when each type of money “wants” to invest in business: In the economy, the interrelations between financial and production capital determine the rhythm and the direction of each technological revolution. Financial capital enables the succession of surges. When production capital at the end of a surge becomes conservative, due to having so much investment and experience tired to it, financial capital will break loose and end up either helping the initial big-bang of the next revolution or following it up by backing the new entrepreneurs in spreading it. When financial capital, during the person of installation of a new paradigm, take the economy on a frenzied ride up a paper-wealth bubble, the new modernized production capital will be ready to take over and lead a more orderly growth process, in the “golden age” that sees the full deployment of that revolution. As with any pattern/model, I have a dangerous urge to fractal down the cycles from 40-60ish year cycles to 10 years or less as a way to model point innovations. It’s probably a bad idea if precision is desired, but as far as describing what otherwise could look like chaos, it might be handy. All that said, this book is hard as shit to read. I had to start over 1/4 through because I’d let too much time elapse between readings. The last passage is from June 2002, and I’d be eager to see the author’s current WTF analysis on the world economy.
books  innovation  bookreviews  reviews  via:ifttt  from:tumblr  tumblr:text 
september 2013 by cote
The Atlantic | March 2004 | The Man Who Would Be Khan | Kaplan
"The Man Who Would Be Khan" - I've been referencing this story a lot recently, a "classic" in org think:
mongolia  leadership  innovation 
december 2012 by cote
What DevOps Can Learn From Product Development
Summary of the presentation I did at DevOpsDays Austin.
ego  Crowbar  innovation  DevOps 
april 2012 by cote
Finding the Right Job For Your Product
Customers’ purchase decisions don’t necessarily conform to those of the “average” customer in their demographic; nor do they confine the search for solutions within a product category. Rather, customers just find themselves needing to get things done. When customers find that they need to get a job done, they “hire” products or services to do the job. This means that marketers need to understand the jobs that arise in customers’ lives for which their products might be hired
JobsToBeDone  marketing  innovation  ifttt  tumblr  quote  tumblr:quote 
february 2012 by cote
Inside SAP's Skunkworks as It Takes Aim at Oracle -
in 2006, Mr. Plattner decided to shake things up. He took a bottle of red wine and sheet of paper into the garden behind his house. By the time he had reached the bottom of the bottle, he says, there wasn’t much written on the paper. But, he says, he reached the conclusion that in-memory systems were the future
SAP  HANA  innovation  enterprise  in-memory  ifttt  tumblr  quote  tumblr:quote 
january 2012 by cote
A Word to the Resourceful
My feeling with the bad groups is that coming into office hours, they’ve already decided what they’re going to do and everything I say is being put through an internal process in their heads, which either desperately tries to munge what I’ve said into something that conforms with their decision or just outright dismisses it and creates a rationalization for doing so. They may not even be conscious of this process but that’s what I think is happening when you say something to bad groups and they have that glazed over look. I don’t think it’s confusion or lack of understanding per se, it’s this internal process at work. With the good groups, you can tell that everything you say is being looked at with fresh eyes and even if it’s dismissed, it’s because of some logical reason e.g. “we already tried that” or “from speaking to our users that isn’t what they’d like,” etc. Those groups never have that glazed over look.
startups  innovation  collaboration  ifttt  tumblr  quote  tumblr:quote 
january 2012 by cote
SAP: Experimenting And That's a Good Thing
"There has been a huge change in the [SAP] development culture.....they are doing a lot of experimentation. They are throwing seeds out. Some will grow, some won't," James Governor said.
Sapphire2010  SAP  redmonkpressquotes  innovation  Enterprise2.0 
may 2010 by cote
When you shake your ass, they notice fast - and some mistakes were built to last
"Given that I work in the legacy industry, I'm certainly understand that there's a lot of stuff out there that is way over hyped and fizzles faster than it became fashionable. But this notion of basing your strategy on the revealed preferences of your customers, rather than understanding what their actual problems are, is something that definitely keeps me up at night. The idea that someone's current investment reveals their preferences for the 'way things are done' seems to be one that's based on manifestly shaky ground."
preferences  strategy  innovation  books  markets  linkoftheday 
december 2009 by cote
Visible personal branding and the big company « Adventures in systems land
Aside from the ostensible main points being made, there's something interesting here as far as commentary on Elder Companies vs. Startups.
socailmedia  brand  personalbrand  eldercompanies  marketing  innovation 
july 2009 by cote
It’s Tough to Be a Big Company: They Don’t Get No Respect « SmoothSpan Blog
If Google can't keep up the mind-blowing innovation, it must be an accident driven process, or something else un-rational.
google  innovation 
february 2009 by cote
Adobe Confirms it is Working on Flash for iPhone
Adobe's CTO Kevin Lynch talks about the rise of Flash and then innovations in video, Flash, etc. Looks like Adobe is launching a "we've got endless innovation in the video/RIA world" here: good timing before the '08 Silverlight battle. Bring a picnic basket.
video  KevinLynch  adobe  flash  iphone  execs  innovation 
october 2008 by cote
Twitter / Andrew Clay Shafer: @cote "the tinkerer nerd pe...
"'the tinkerer nerd people who are going to help push it into the next cycle of adoption' classic Redmonk Radio."
redmonk  quotes  innovation  developers 
may 2008 by cote
OSBC Report: CBS Interactive, open source, and innovation | The Open Road - The Business and Politics of Open Source by Matt Asay - CNET Blogs
How is that open source can innovate faster than closed source? Seems counter-intutive, eh? Or is it just a myth?
cbs  osbc  osbc2008  opensource  innovation 
march 2008 by cote
YouTube - hudsucker proxy clip
Turns out this is how enterprise software marketing works too.
innovation  movies  funny  via:mkinman 
january 2008 by cote
Long Live Closed-Source Software!
"[W]hile the open approach has been able to create lovely, polished copies, it hasn’t been so good at creating notable originals. Even though the open-source movement has a stinging countercultural rhetoric, it has in practice been a conservative force.
opensource  scandal  vr  innovation  programming  google 
january 2008 by cote
William Gibson On The Unintended Effects of Technology
"The intended effects of new technology are nothing compared to the unintended effects… the Internet is an accident."
via:sogrady  williamgibson  innovation  technology  internet  web  quotes 
october 2007 by cote
EMC exec targets open source plan for sustainable innovation - Network World
Interesting, if brief, comments about advantage of widening the community of people developing code.
emc  opensource  community  cocreation  innovation  via:alterpointblog 
july 2007 by cote
Big Companies, Small Companies, Innovation and Brickhouse
"[W]hoever can master the *process* can get those ideas and products built, shipped, and in front of customers." Certainly true. Political knife-fighting and pleasing is required as well.
innovation  bigco  yahoo 
march 2007 by cote
Innovation in IT
Deliver early, flatten out, and just get down to doing iterative development.
agile  iterative  innovation  peopleware  goodenough 
march 2007 by cote
It's about the bike.
Olson on the OSS debate du jour. Also this gem: "[]ortunately, RSS is like email: If you wait long enough to answer, somebody else will make your argument for you."
oracle  opensource  innovation 
march 2007 by cote
HBR IdeaCast 23: Enlightened Leadership
Both segments of this episode are good: first, on being human and empathetic as a leader, second how to create a new LoB.
podcasts  business  leadership  management  hbr  innovation 
january 2007 by cote
Work-life balance
"In the past, innovation was driven by the military or corporate markets. But now the consumer market, with its vast economies of scale and appetite for novelty, leads the way." Like I been sayin' ;)
economist  via:annez  goodenough  web2.0  innovation  consumertech 
january 2007 by cote
FedEx seeks improved software testing
Customer/enterprise driving innovation? Is it PR, or a statement on how much innovation is on the table in the space?
testing  fedex  memphis  qa  innovation 
december 2006 by cote
Open source Java presents world of opportunities
With comments from several OSS folks, including some #redmonk regulars.
#redmonk  paulkrill  java  opensource  gpl  redmonkpressquotes  sunw  innovation  javame  javase 
november 2006 by cote
InnoTech Conference, Austin, Texas, Business Technology Event, Innovation Conference
Looks like it'd be interesting. Sady, (a.) I'll be out of town, and, (b.) poor name choice, cf. Office Space.
conferences  austin  programming  innovation 
october 2006 by cote
Misunderstanding "The Innovator's Dilemma"
Interesting clarifications and related typing-out-loud on *-2.0 stuff, esp. re: MSM.
msm  disruption  linux  microsoft  innovation  enterprisesoftware  marketing  productmanagement  software 
august 2006 by cote
Open-source VoIP company wins funding
Here is your open-source innovation strategy: find boring, moribund technologies (what's more boring than PBX's and phones?) and open source them, innovating at the same time. Fat and happy incumbants will be too slow and huberistic to react.
pbx  asterisk  phones  opensource  innovation  Digium  matrix 
august 2006 by cote
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