Actual Innovation Returns

Continuing with rehashing interesting innovation research check out these conclusions: (I quote directly): Total market returns to an innovation project are $643 million, substantially greater than $49, the returns to an average event in the innovation project. Of three sets of activities of innovation (setup, development, and market), returns to the development activities are consistently [...]

Why your genius new idea is already forgotten

Every idea is great if its yours. Your friend’s idea is great because it came from your friend. Your bosses idea might be great if you agree with it, because it came from your boss Everything else is probably irrelevant. At least in the context of everything else you need to care about today. Ideas [...]

I’m back

I’ve been away from this blog now for 1 year and 2 months. But I’ve decided, in 2014, its the year to start writing again. I hope some of you who read me in the past will still be around to hear from me again. And there’s so much to talk about and write about! [...]

Nike FuelBand: How to Take Out The Boring

So, succumbing to the hype, I rushed out the other day and bought myself one of those new Nike FuelBands. I first saw one on the wrist of my colleague Gareth, who pronounced it the deus ex machina of exercise and weight loss reduction. I saw it and imagined myself tipping into a mid life [...]

Starting Up: London Vs. The Valley

These days, my job at Spigit has me spending 50% of my time in London, and the rest in California at our head offices in the East Bay area. This is very interesting, because it really illuminates the difference between startup world in both places. Firstly, the obvious: London may be a hot place to [...]

Protecting Customers not Corporates

On Twitter, Paul Vincent (@cybersecurer), one of the very few IT Security people I know who can claim their title isn’t Business Prevention Officer, asks this: [quote]@bankervision If information scarcity is no longer competitive advantage, do the infosec requirements change? I think so #[amazon_link id="9814351105" target="_blank" container="" container_class="" ]sidestepandtwist[/amazon_link][/quote] Paul is referring, I think, to [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

What Android Fragmentation Means

The other day, I saw the stunning infographic (below, via TechCrunch) which documents the shape of Android. As multiple other commentators before me have remarked, it shows just how fragmented the platform has become from the perspective of developers and, of course, users. There are few Android users I  know, actually, who don’t tell stories [...]

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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