EppsNet Archive: Innovation

Harvard Business Review: Steve Jobs Solved the Innovator’s Dilemma

Posted by on 21 Feb 2012

Race Against the Machine

19 Nov 2011 /

We don’t believe in the coming obsolescence of all human workers. In fact, some human skills are more valuable than ever, even in an age of incredibly powerful and capable digital technologies. But other skills have become worthless, and people who hold the wrong ones now find that they have little to offer employers. They’re losing the race against the machine, a fact reflected in today’s employment statistics. . . .

There is no economic law that says that everyone, or even most people, automatically benefit from technological progress.

— Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee, Race Against The Machine

Saying No to 1,000 Things

26 Aug 2011 /

[Innovation] comes from saying no to 1,000 things to make sure we don’t get on the wrong track or try to do too much. We’re always thinking about new markets we could enter, but it’s only by saying no that you can concentrate on the things that are really important.


Empathize

29 Jan 2010 /
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As design thinkers, the problems we are trying to solve are rarely our own—they are those of a particular user; in order to design for the user, we must build empathy for who they are and what is important to them. . . .

The best solutions come out of the best insights into human behavior. . . .

We engage to…

  • Uncover needs that people have which they may or may not be aware of
  • Guide innovation efforts
  • Identify someone to design for
  • Discover the emotions that guide behavior

10 Ways to Recognize the Innovators in Your Organization

22 Dec 2009 /

1. Innovators think there is a better way.

2. Innovators know that without passion there can be no innovation.

3. Innovators embrace change to a fault.

4. Innovators have a strong point of view but know that they are missing something.

5. Innovators know innovation is a team sport.

6. Innovators embrace constraints as opportunities.

7. Innovators celebrate their vulnerability.

8. Innovators openly share their ideas and passions, expecting to be challenged.

9. Innovators know that the best ideas are in the gray areas between silos.

10. Innovators know that a good story can change the world.


What If They Cost Money?

19 Dec 2009 /

David Brooks declares “we spend too much on health care” (on NPR) then demands “innovation” and “new technologies.” What if they cost money?


Twitter: 2009-08-13

13 Aug 2009 /
  • HarvardBusiness.org: How to Innovate With Less http://bit.ly/V0upg #
  • RT @capricecrane: Heidi Pratt claims 20-30 orgasms in a day. Less impressive when you figure she has one every time she talks about herself. #

The Art of Ingenuity

19 Mar 2009 /

Don’t expect big rewards. Don’t expect anyone to beat a path to your door to embrace your ideas. Don’t expect anyone to help or support you. Do it so you can look at yourself in the mirror every day with pride. That’s the biggest and best payoff.

Whatever your work, make it your art. All sorts of good things happen when you do.

How have you changed the way you perform your work in the last week?

— Matthew May, “Elegant Solutions”

Declaration of Interdependence

24 Dec 2007 /
  • We increase return on investment by making continuous flow of value our focus.
  • We deliver reliable results by engaging customers in frequent interactions and shared ownership.
  • We expect uncertainty and manage for it through iterations, anticipation, and adaptation.
  • We unleash creativity and innovation by recognizing that individuals are the ultimate source of value, and creating an environment where they can make a difference.
  • We boost performance through group accountability for results and shared responsibility for team effectiveness.
  • We improve effectiveness and reliability through situationally specific strategies, processes and practices.

A Tradeoff

20 May 2004 /

Do you want innovation?

What are you willing to give up in terms of efficiency, predictability and control?

Thus spoke The Programmer.