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Innovation is about the Trail

As is happiness. It is not only a mean, it is a way of life. Do not focus on the end, the final frontier.

Focus on the path, and how to make it better.

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How to Manage Information Overload: 6 Ways Discovery Engines Help

How to Manage Information Overload: 6 Ways Discovery Engines Help | Innovatus | Scoop.it
How to manage information overload is really becoming a big deal. Content discovery engines provide 6 main advantages over other tools.
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Seven Ways to Make Testing Irrelevant on Your Team

Go for it.

Of course the message is ironic. This is about what you shouldn't do.

 

Try to figure whether you recognize some of the symptoms.

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Harness Creativity by Thinking Inside the Box

Harness Creativity by Thinking Inside the Box | Innovatus | Scoop.it

Different perspectives should always be welcome, so... try this one!

I personally think considering them is the very least we can do to unleash creativity which leads to innovative ideas and implementations :)

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Mark Cuban on Why You Should Never Listen to Your Customers

The billionaire tech entrepreneur explains how bowing to your customers' every request can stunt innovation.
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What makes you different

What makes you different | Innovatus | Scoop.it
What makes you different. Doing nothing is easy. It always has been. Sitting down to turn on the TV, procrastinating at work, taking a longer break than you really need, spending a day trying to find...
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When is it time to quit a job to follow a dream?

Still about choices.

 

Do you ever take risks? Find out what is behind a dream? Do you live happy? Maybe with some regret?

What do you do about that?

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5 Common Characteristics of Ineffective People

I don’t know about yourself, but I’ve lived most of my life being oblivious to the fact that if you want to get the same results as somebody else then all have to do is do the same things that they did.
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The Phases of Innovation

Do you know what are these phases? Have a look, it may help on your own definition of innovation process ;)

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More Management Equals Less Output

More Management Equals Less Output | Innovatus | Scoop.it

I was skimming through my google reader and found this beautiful title.

Clearly I also felt more than familiar with the concept.

Therefore I decided to read more about it.

 

It's a must. I don't know what goes in people's minds, I don't even know if I care sometimes, but looks like this article does a pretty good job explaining the phenomenon of "When I grow up I want to be a manager" / "You are nobody in life if you don't get to manage something or somebody before the age of 30".

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Earning Attention Rather Than Demanding it

You have a great deal of information to share with others. You don’t want to force it on others. You want to earn their attention instead of demanding it. Earned attention is a building block of a sustainable relationship.
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Children and the Power of Positive Thinking

Thinking positively can work wonders on people even for the cynics at heart. And though some may undermine its powers, children don't. In fact, children as young as 5 years old can already understand the benefits of thinking positively, study finds.
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10 years of Agile: How are we doing? | Conspire: A Mindjet Publication

10 years of Agile: How are we doing? | Conspire: A Mindjet Publication | Innovatus | Scoop.it

"It’s been ten years since the writing of the Agile Manifesto. Let’s take a look and see how far we have come."

 

I got surprised with the numbers relative to who adopted more of agile. Need to check on the full survey to understand how they were obtained, because I really don't see any of this at the company I work for. And I would like to see a change. In the positive sense of course.

 

Still, quite an interesting article!

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Agile Blog: How to be an effective Product Owner ?

In essence: get proper knowledge at proper time for proper product needs :)

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Should I quit my job now?

Here's a good one from the mailbag: I am seriously considering quitting the (day) job and dedicate myself to my consulting activities but,...
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Micromanaging Angst

Micromanaging Angst | Innovatus | Scoop.it

I don't thing there is good micromanagement. For me, micromanagement is bad. Period. For the very simple reason that it steps on anyone's ability to create or come up with improvement.

Neither would I consider relating micromanagement with agile practices.

What I do like about this article is part of the aproach taken on the analysis of Steve Jobs' behavior as a manager.

Focus on the product. That, my friends, along with the concern for having such a product being great and creating wow effect on the end customers means there are goals, there is a vision, there is a direction and a path in which to walk, on which one can do their best and improve and innovate.

You don't innovate just because. You do need guidance and objectives. And you also need to still keep delivering value to customers.

So, for me, Steve may have had a bad temper, but it looks like he was one hell of a (outstanding) product owner.

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Support From the Top Really Matters

Even when they show support towards innovation, do they really mean it?

Where does your leadership stand?

Is there a scope/context defined?

 

There are plenty of questions one should be asking...

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The Brain and Why Innovation Happens Differently for Everyone

It is just right brain activity versus right brain activity domain.

A different skillset depending on which you use more, which means we can all give different contributions to innovate. But wa are all capable of doing it.

Don't let anyone make you think otherwise.

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