Innovative Government Won’t Come from Small Suppliers

Over at Management Matters, David Chassels has this to say about my guest post on my new book, [amazon_link id=”9814351105″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Sidestep and Twist[/amazon_link]: [quote]I do not think James quite understands what “real” innovation is about. First is to recognise from idea to a production ready product takes minimum 5 years more likely […]

Book Review: Inside Apple

I’ve just completed reading Inside Apple by Adam Lashinsky. Other reviewers elsewhere have noted it is a quick and easy read, and it does offer some fascinating insights into a company we all follow slavishly, no matter our feelings about its products. I read this book having completed Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs a few […]

Dodging the PoopPiles

PoopPiles: defn: all those things people leave around which will derail your programme if you go near them. Don’t look forward, look downward! When you’re building brand new things, here are five points to note if you want to avoid PoopPiles : PoopPiles are everywhere.  They’re strewn around like landmines, and, if you step in […]

Professionalizing Innovation

I think the professionalization of innovation is something that companies must do sooner rather than later. One of the interesting things about working here at Spigit is you get to meet lots of different innovation teams, across many cultural, sector and national boundaries. Invariably, the innovators are people who’ve been thrown into the role from […]

What Glee Teaches us about Product Development

So I have this dirty little secret. It is that I quite like Glee, that show about an American school choir. I like it enough, in fact, that I watched the Glee Concert Movie on Satuday. In fact, I like it enough that I even watched the 3d version, and put the glasses on my […]

2012 is the Year the Dark Ages get Dangerous

Last year at about this time, I wrote a post predicting that 2011 would be the year that “people will finally realise the pointlessness of dark ages competitive advantage”. I went on to say this: Competitive advantage from the dark ages is anything you do which denies access to resources to competitors. Denying access to […]

Innovation Nightmares

Not everything new is good. Just because it is new doesn’t make it right. And, of course, doing things first, is not necessarily all you need for success. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but there’s almost always this unhealthy dose of cynicism about innovation efforts. It comes about because people have a history of […]

Broken Forecasting

The other day, I had occasion to prepare an adoption forecast for a service, and, like any good innovator who knows anything, I formulated my answer using a nice s-curve shaped curve. S-curves are such a useful tool for forecasting the adoption of anything – particularly anything that involves communication and collaboration – because they […]

Singapore Interesting

Over the last week, I was in Singapore with Microsoft and others. Whilst I was there, I found these things interesting enough to note… and comment on. Having a bright idea now takes 20 years longer “ALBERT Einstein famously declared anyone who hadn’t made a scientific breakthrough by the age of 30 never would. That […]

4 Signs Your New Feature is a Waste of Time

There is a core set of functionality everyone has and which is easy to build. It is also the core set of functionality that the market demands. You may have dreamed up something new, but it is probably irrelevant to current buyers unless you change the playing field in the space of the core functionality. […]

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