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The Danger of Focus Groups & Big Data !

The Danger of Focus Groups & Big Data ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

How do you gather consumer feedback to bring innovation to your company? There are 3 main channels to collect consumer feedback. Focus groups, CRM/Big Data and consumer insight research.

This cartoon describes perfectly how it is hard to translate consumer’s feedback into a product. Along the way the message is lost in translation.The danger of focus groups is that they make us feel like we’re getting close to our customers, which is good, right?The problem comes when we ask focus groups questions which they are not really equipped to answer. If you are trying to figure out which advertising approach to use, focus groups are great for getting comparative feedback on how people react to different ideas ! 

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People don’t know what they want. Focus groups or CRM can’t express what people don’t know they want. Tim Kastelle wrote a very good article about how he found out he was buying Coke for the wrong reason. According to Doug McColgin, “going out into the consumers’ world is far more effective for exploring what could be. Observational research, or watching a consumer interact with products in their natural environment can provide value in several ways ...

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Pilgrims and the Roots of the American Thanksgiving ...

Pilgrims and the Roots of the American Thanksgiving ... | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

In the fall of 1621, 50 English men and women and 90 Native Americans gathered at New Plymouth in Massachusetts. The colonists had arrived a year earlier on a leaky wine ship, the Mayflower, and built a hillside settlement overlooking the ocean, little more than a few wooden huts in a stockade. The first winter had been terrible: Half their number had perished from malnutrition and disease. They had struggled to farm the land, were poorly supplied from England and relied on their Indian hosts for expertise and food !

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English settlers of the 17th century were a diverse lot, and they became Americans despite themselves. The Pilgrims were not typical settlers in the new land, but they still exemplify the extraordinary imagination and belief, fortitude and courage, shown by colonists across early America—qualities shared today by all manner of Americans, regardless of their ancestry ... 

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How To Manage The Skills Gap !

How To Manage The Skills Gap ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it
In the late 90’s McKinsey declared the war for talent and argued that, in a knowledge economy, having the right people is even more important than having the right strategy or technology.  Recruiting and retaining the 'best and the brightest' became a corporate mantra. 

Yet today, the firm is more concerned with the skills gap. In data science, for example it estimates a shortfall of 140,000 to 190,000 data scientists and 1.5 million managers who have the skills needed to use the insights to drive decisions. But even that understates the problem !

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Consequently, a new era of talent has arisen in which the fundamental decision managers have to make is not who to hire, but which skills to develop in-house and which can be accessed through an external ecosystem ... 

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The First Mile of Innovathon !

The First Mile of Innovathon ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

The managing partner of Innosight defines “The First Mile” as THE CRITICAL TIME when an idea moves from concept to paper to market, where it will fly or fail, and maybe take a company with it. It is the most fragile time for a new idea, because every great new idea is partly right and partly wrong. The innovator’s most critical skill in The First Mile is REDUCING UNCERTAINTY ... 

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DEFT PROCESS ... 

The main idea that Scott D Anthony provides to readers is how work on an idea, using the acronym DEFT the author describes a new early stage innovation process, a very disciplined and scientific way that have the innovator to test all his or her assumptions and manage the effort with eyes wide open. DEFT, a rigorous four step process that can greatly reduce strategic uncertainty and help guide innovators toward success !

 

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Aerospace Gurus Show Off a Fancy Space Suit Made for Mars !

Aerospace Gurus Show Off a Fancy Space Suit Made for Mars ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

The space suits astronauts wear today are marvels of engineering, but they’re far from perfect. For one thing, they’re unwieldy. At a weight of nearly 300 pounds, astronauts have to expend a huge amount of energy just to move them around. “It was great for 45 years ago, but we can do better,” says Dava Newman. Newman, an MIT aerospace engineer who was recently nominated for the role of NASA deputy administrator, is working on next-generation suits that would give astronauts far greater mobility—the type of equipment that would be instrumental to a manned mission to Mars. At WIRED by Design, Newman and her partner Gui Trotti showed off one such concept. Dubbed the BioSuit, it would replace today’s bulky gas-pressurized get-ups with a form-fitting “soft exoskeleton.”!

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Aerospace engineer Dava Newman and designer Gui Trotti show off the BioSuit, a next-gen space suit, at WIRED by Design ... 

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35 Psychological Tricks To Help You Learn Better !

35 Psychological Tricks To Help You Learn Better ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

Have you ever considered letting your students listen to hardcore punk while they take their mid-term exam? Decided to do away with Power Point presentations during your lectures? Urged your students to memorize more in order to remember more? If the answer is no, you may want to rethink your notions of psychology and its place in the learning environment !

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This article discusses 35 proven psychological phenomena that affect you and your students' learning every day... 

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Procrastination vs. Innovation !

Procrastination vs. Innovation ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

Procrastination has been an enemy to innovation for many years and getting over it can take some doing on your part. Although you try very hard not to procrastinate, yet you find yourself giving in to it and as a result, you lack the momentum to do the work of innovation. However, there are ways to cure the problem and make the innovativeness in you come to the forefront. In no time, you will start brimming with ideas once again and your life will see a drastic change from one of being stagnated to a person who is revolutionized both in your thinking and in actions ... 

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Procrastination can be beaten and if you continuously cultivate the attitude of an innovator, you will see yourself becoming the true innovation expert you have always dream of becoming. Your life will take on new meaning and you will stand a better chance of accomplishing anything you set out to accomplish !

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The Robots are Coming to Steal Your Job !

The Robots are Coming to Steal Your Job ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

Automation technology isn't invading the IT industry alone -- robots are taking over a terrifying range of  jobs ! For many of us trying to navigate the 21st century, it's become sensible -- healthy, even -- to maintain a simmering, low-grade paranoia about the impending robot revolution. Advances in automation and robotics are impacting virtually every area of technology and industry ... 

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Future android historians will surely look back on this era and marvel at how we participated in our own obsolescence. Ah, well -- such is the price of progress. I, for one, welcome our new robot overlords ;() 

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Marriage of 21 st Century !

Marriage of 21 st Century ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it
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Technology & Sentiment - Big Data Analytics will drive the Marriage 2.0 ;()

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Innovation Psychology: Innovate like Leonardo da Vinci !

Innovation Psychology: Innovate like Leonardo da Vinci ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

Many people today believe that science and art, like oil and water, do not mix.  However, many of the worlds’ greatest innovators were not constrained by this bias. Leonardo da Vinci was pretty innovative, and his creativity spanned fine art, military engineering, anatomy and biomimicry.  He was not alone. Fred Hoyle was a celebrated astrophysicist, author, and musician, and Einstein claimed to get more pleasure from playing the violin than from Physics.  It was Einstein who said, “The greatest scientists are always artists as well”  ... 

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The beauty of Innovating where art and science overlap is that it helps us to tap into both emotions and logic, and by talking to both, we increase the chance that our new ideas will resonate, and be easier to adopt !

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What's Up With That: How Did the Nobel Prize Become the Biggest Award on the Planet?

What's Up With That: How Did the Nobel Prize Become the Biggest Award on the Planet? | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it
The Nobel Prize is a big deal. Want to know how I know? Because the Nobels are constantly invoked to let me know the importance of other awards: The Turing Award is the "Nobel Prize of Computers," the Priztker Prize is the "Nobel Prize of Architecture," and geography's "Nobel" is named after the guy who named America after Amerigo Vespucci. In mathematics, the Abel Award and the Fields Medal compete over which is more worthy of a Nobel comparison. The Nobel Prize might as well be called the "Nob
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After rigorous culling, the committee handed the selection over to either the Swedish Royal Society of Sciences (for chemistry and physics), or the Karolinska Institute (for medicine), who make the final determination for the year’s winner ... 

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IT Leaders Aren't All Coming From Tech

IT Leaders Aren't All Coming From Tech | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

Today's IT leadership looks a lot different than in years past. Many are climbing the ladder from marketing, sales and other departments. The milestones along the traditional path to IT leadership look a lot like this: Earn a computer science degree, serve an IT internship, take development courses, gain coding experience, obtain certifications and sign up for management training specific to technology !

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Having both technology and sales and marketing experience can help bridge that gap and ensure any technology purchases are beneficial for all aspects of the business --  technology and beyond ...

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To Innovate in a Big Company, Don't Think “Us Against Them”

To Innovate in a Big Company, Don't Think “Us Against Them” | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it
Your CEO isn’t Goliath. 

“This seems like pie-in-the-sky wishful thinking. Have you actually seen this done?” - I often hear this question when I visit companies and speak about how to make an innovative idea less terrifying to high level executives. The skepticism is warranted. There are plenty of pundits arguing that big companies need to innovate, and pointing out that it is difficult to do so. Far less often do we hear how it really comes together, especially inside a large organization ! 

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Implementing innovative ideas is an exacting endeavor. But the payoffs can be huge in terms of creating value for the company and personal fulfillment for the employee ...

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Need techniques for a brilliant Resume ?

Need techniques for a brilliant Resume ? | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it
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Even HR Department have to be agile and adapt ;()

 

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Disruptive Technologies: Catching the Wave !

Disruptive Technologies: Catching the Wave ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

Although most managers like to think they are in control, customers wield extraordinary power in directing a company’s investments. Before managers decide to launch a technology, develop a product, build a plant, or establish new channels of distribution, they must look to their customers first: Do their customers want it? How big will the market be? Will the investment be profitable? The more astutely managers ask and answer these questions, the more completely their investments will be aligned with the needs of their customers !

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One of the most consistent patterns in business is the failure of leading companies to stay at the top of their industries when technologies or markets change ... 

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Digital Ubiquity: How Connections, Sensors, and Data Are Revolutionizing Business

Digital Ubiquity: How Connections, Sensors, and Data Are Revolutionizing Business | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it
For more than a century General Electric made most of its revenue by selling industrial hardware and repair services. But in recent years GE was at increasing risk of losing many of its top customers to nontraditional competitors—IBM and SAP on the one hand, and big-data start-ups on the other. Those competitors aimed to shift […]
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The new ubiquity of digital technology and connectivity will have profound implications for the economy at large. The fortunes of Fairfield, Connecticut, where GE is based, will increasingly be tied to the weather at a wind farm in Germany, or to the operating efficiency of an airline headquartered in Abu Dhabi ... 

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New Initiative Aims to Teach People to Code—Then Find Them Jobs !

New Initiative Aims to Teach People to Code—Then Find Them Jobs ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

Codecademy already makes it easy for anyone, anywhere to learn how to program a computer. Now, the New York City-based startup wants to make it just as simple for this new generation of coders to find jobs, as well. On Friday, the company announced the launch of a new workforce development initiative called ReskillUSA, which will help connect people in cities from Los Angeles to Detroit to Miami with employers in need of tech talent. Codecademy is partnering with some of its fellow skills education startups, including Flatiron School, DevBootcamp, Sabio.la, Grand Circus, Wyncode, and Thinkful. Together, they’ve created an online platform where people can find coding classes and bootcamps across the country ... 

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As part of the new initiative, Codecademy, which has traditionally offered online coding education only, is launching its own offline classes called Codecademy Labs. These courses, which Sims says will cost $150-$200 — far less than the traditional bootcamp — will be hosted by other ReskillUSA partners across the country, but will be taught by former Codecademy students !

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Rejoice: Tomorrow's Tech Will Probably Stop Nagging Us !

Rejoice: Tomorrow's Tech Will Probably Stop Nagging Us ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

In 1991, the visionary computer scientist Marc Weiser declared that “the most profound technologies are those that disappear.”

Weiser is considered by many to be the father of ubiquitous computing, what we now call (for better or worse) the Internet of Things. What Weiser imagined in the early ’90s has mostly come to pass: connected devices that can wirelessly speak to one other, transferring data between themselves to provide new services and experiences !

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The most successful technology anticipates our needs, does what it sets out to do without nagging us, and doesn't assert itself for the sake of flash. The best technology is invisible ... 

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Infographie : quels OS dans quelles voitures ?

Infographie : quels OS dans quelles voitures ? | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

Depuis le début de l'année, les géants du numérique se bousculent au portillon du véhicule connecté. Avec la multiplication des annonces, difficile de s'y retrouver pour savoir quels systèmes d'exploitation (OS, pour "operating system) feront tourner les différents systèmes embarqués des voitures de demain. Dans cette infographie, retrouvez vers quelles solutions se sont tournées les principales marques automobiles ... 

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Notez toutefois que les constructeurs peuvent aussi développer leur propre OS comme le R-Link de Renault, construit sur une architecture Android mais développé en interne en partenariat avec Atos !

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Welcome to the Era of Product Intelligence !

Welcome to the Era of Product Intelligence ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it
While the PR on Big Data suggests that it is the newest and holiest grail for strategists, marketers, product developers, and business decision-makers of all stripes, a new hybrid intelligence is emerging from the smoke and mirrors -- one that may be prove to be a little more practical and actionable: Product Intelligence.
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THE SECRET SAUCE: STRUCTURED MEETS UNSTRUCTURED DATA

All of this is possible because of Big Data, big unstructured data. It has forever changed the way Decision Support works. We can now combine structured and unstructured data to drive new insights. Think of the difference between structured and unstructured data this way:

- Structured: everything in a spreadsheet – market data, IP databases, etc.
- Unstructured: “the internet of things” – social media sites, emails, video, etc

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A Tale of Two Tools !

A Tale of Two Tools ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it
I had the privilege of receiving evaluation copies of a couple of different tools/games that you might find interesting to use in your innovation pursuits. They are the Disruptus game from Funnybone Toys and The Innovation Deck from Andrey Schukin.
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It is a much more structured tool, requiring a more formal approach to its use. The Innovation Deck is billed as problem-solving cards for product developers, engineers and inventors. I think it could be a good tool to help guide discussions focused on examination, exploration or evaluation in isolation ... 

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Innovation in the Top 5 Chinese Tech Companies !

Innovation in the Top 5 Chinese Tech Companies ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

China’s high tech industry is increasingly recognized as a very dynamic industry. More and more Chinese high tech companies are gaining ground on the international stage. “China has changed its strategy and is now ready to offer high value technological products. Today, Chinese do not only copy foreign high tech brands’ features. They innovate and assert their innovation.” explains Fil Control, a French industrial group, leader in the textile machinery industry and owner of a subsidiary in China. What are the most innovative Chinese high tech companies in 2014? Here are 5 leading Chinese companies which show considerable dynamism in terms of innovation this year ... 

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Many Chinese brands tend to develop their own innovation strategies and launch their. own high value products. The challenge for them is, therefore, to assert and highlight their capacity for innovation in their communications and own their space ... 

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19 Work Habits to Get Ahead in the Business World !

19 Work Habits to Get Ahead in the Business World ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it
Your work day is a huge part of your life. So the way you approach your work can impact the rest of your life. That’s why it’s important to focus on activities that make you happier and more effective at your job. Here are 19 effective work habits to help you get ahead in the business world.
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So the Way you approach your work can impact the rest of your life ... 

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Hamster Wheel Desk Is the New Standing Desk !

Hamster Wheel Desk Is the New Standing Desk ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

Hamster wheel desk for humans is the new standing desk ! 

This alternative offers a healthy but strange solution to the issue of ill health associated with sitting all day long. Lots of experts agree that standing is better than sitting and that walking is better than standing. However, workplaces only provide chairs and desks to use. The project’s creators believe that many workers aren’t reaching their current productivity potential .. 

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Rise up, sedentary sentients, and unleash that untapped potential within by marching endlessly towards a brilliant future of focused work. Step forward into a world of infinite potential, bounded only by the smooth arcs of a wheel. Step forward into the Hamster Wheel Standing Desk that will usher in a new era of unprecedented productivity ! 

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Next-Generation Video Surveillance Comes to Maricopa County Sheriff's Office !

Next-Generation Video Surveillance Comes to Maricopa County Sheriff's Office ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it
The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office protects one of the country's fastest-growing areas. Video surveillance systems in its jails couldn't keep up with the growth -- or the times. Find out why the department turned to fully integrated security controls and big data storage.
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Improved technology can change the culture of America's jails, Jones says – but only if the best internal technical experts, detention housing and operational experts, and the facility’s employees are involved ...

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Don’t Be the Best, Be the Only One ;()

Don’t Be the Best, Be the Only One ;() | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

Many corporates make all types of efforts, usually PR and advertising, to flaunt their not-so-new product or service to create the impression that they are innovators. Many of these products may end being adopted, but they are usually categorized as “good enough” by customers, so customers will jump ship if a better alternative exists.

Throughout its history Apple has understood what other corporates have not: The customer doesn’t care is you are innovative, he/she cares if you make his/her life better. Period. Apple, hits that on the nail !

 

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Every business is successful exactly to the extent that it does something others cannot. Apple does what others cannot: it makes products matter to people because it makes people better off.

What can you do that others cannot? That’s how you lead the pack!

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