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 […]

The future of innovation, discovered in 1972

Basically, a scientific paper by Richard Daft*, since cited over 1000 times, found organisational innovations trickle simultaneously upward and downward. In a study of the way schools operate which concluded in 1972, where there are both teachers (the do-ers) and administrators (the managers), he found: For delivered innovations about teaching, 77% came from teachers, whilst […]

Why Your Brilliant Idea Just Got Watered Down to Nothing

What’s the reason so many great ideas turn out to be terrible ones once they’re out the door? Over time and many years, I’ve learned there are only a few reasons: “I did that” You know these people: they’re great at self promotion and talking loudly, but very poor at doing much else. They take […]

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 […]

Sidestep and Twist is Out in the UK

My new book Sidestep and Twist is now available in the United Kingdom, with release in the US later this month. We’ll be having launch parties in the UK in early February, and East and West Coast US ones later the same month. More details on those soon. You can get it from Amazon. It […]

How to do a Crowd

I work for a company that makes crowds for a living. Here are some of the things I’ve discovered (with the help of my colleagues) along the way: Crowds are only useful when the quality of the crowd output improves as the size of the crowd improves. It is easy to create big groups of […]

Communications as Crowd Control

I was reading this blog the other day from a disenfranchised individual in a large corporation (doesn’t matter which, but it wasn’t the Department), and he was complaining their central communication function was more about “crowd control” than empowering people with information to do their jobs. That’s an interesting term, crowd control, and it got […]

Suppliers and innovation – our challenge.

Yesterday, I sat on a panel at 360 IT, a big infrastructure event. One of the questions I got asked (I paraphrase) was "supplier innovation – do you want it, and expect it?". My answer to this question was what you'd expect. Of course we want innovation from our supplier base. But I tempered my […]

The future of financial services innovation

Over at Bankwatch, Colin says:  Its too bad this innovation panel brought out the usual bank thinking by focussing on what they thought they were doing that was innovative rather than greater focus on lessons learned. Now, let me just be clear and say that I was the moderator of that panel so I have […]

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