Posts Categorized: Innovation

Making sense of complexity and innovation

Friday’s Finds: Gall’s Law: A complex system that works is invariably found to have evolved from a simple system that worked. A complex system designed from scratch never works and cannot be patched up to make it work. You have to start over with a working simple system. – John Gall @euan : “My discomfort… Read more »

Competitive knowledge

Knowledge itself is not a great business advantage, and if it were, academic institutions would be running circles around the Fortune 100. It’s what gets done with the knowledge that matters. But there still needs to be a good flow of information and ideas that get tested out in the specific context of the organization,… Read more »

hyper-connected pattern seeking

Here is more confirmation that work is learning, and learning is the work. From a recent post by the BBC: Crucial in surviving all of these unpredictable variables is the use of network design tools – software suites that can simulate what happens at the point of disaster. “This helps when decisions need to be… Read more »

Become your own upstart

Upstarts & Incumbents In Clayton Christensen’s book, Seeing What’s Next the authors discuss how new business entrants (upstarts) can target non-core customers of industry incumbents. These come in three categories (overshot, undershot and non-customers) and by targeting these customers, entrants can avoid direct confrontation, while developing skills and expertise in areas outside the core business of the incumbents. Once the entrants… Read more »

It’s about value creation

There’s always something thought-provoking on Sigurd Rinde’s blog. His latest post, the information age fallacy, looks at the amount of time wasted in managing information flows, instead of creating anything new. The problem with information technology, as Sig describes it, is that IT, “has mostly produced faster ways to do exactly the same we did two thousand years… Read more »

A coherent path to social business

Thierry de Baillon and Ralph Ohr, in their post on Business Model Innovation as Wicked Problem, conclude the following: An ever increasing pace of change leads to a decrease in life time of operating business models. Companies are therefore forced to reinvent themselves more frequently by creating new business models. Entering new businesses through open business model… Read more »

From observation to breakthrough

From multiple observations come ideas. From multiple ideas can come new insights. From multiple insights we can create stories. From our stories, we can change beliefs. In a nutshell [my interpretation], this is what Gunther Sonnenfeld discusses in much greater detail in The Great Planning Paradigm. Sonnenfeld’s post is focused on marketing, an area where… Read more »

Innovation is not a repeatable process

Can innovation be promoted through better processes? James Gardner [dead link] does not think so any more. “I have not been able to find any regular correlation between well adopted innovation processes and actual innovation outcomes, and I’ve been looking pretty hard. And here at Spigit, we’ve got hundreds of data sets to look through.” After a decade… Read more »

Chance favours the Connected Company

About 18 months ago I wrote in Embrace Chaos, that I think the outer edge will be where almost all high value work gets done in organizations. Core activities will be increasingly automated or outsourced and these will be managed by very few internal staff. Change and complexity will be the norm in our work and… Read more »