By tailoring the product development process for different kinds of innovations, a firm can give itself the opportunity to generate immediate new product revenues while cultivating future opportunities.
The State of the Union address often serves as my first mile marker for reviewing the goals I set for the coming year. It’s right about now that the shiny New Year’s resolutions we made on January 1st don’t look so compelling.
The concept of this table is iDesk. Imagine an entirely adaptable workspace that doesn’t just hold your equipment, but enhances and interacts with it. Concept does not look the table, in which stupidly clever have built in TV. Rather, the future has turned out a minimalist table with a thin glass tabletop.
Simon Burall , Director of Involve, shares some ways that crowdsourcing has been used in general, and explores their relevance to the policy world: Use #1 – tapping into the wisdom of the crowds Use #2: accessing information that is highly distributed...
Over my career, I've had the opportunity to get to know a number of CEO's. The general perception in the market is that CEO's of public companies are only focused on meeting the quarterly numbers. The following are 3 CEO's I've had the...
Maybe this rings a bell for you: You want to launch an innovation program at your company but you can’t get any support.
I talk all day to people who are interested in innovation. They know in their hearts that embracing innovation is the only way their organizations will flourish. They know the only way their company can compete in the difficult economic climate we face is to adopt an innovative approach. These people I talk to fall in love with the idea of collaborative ideation; assembling all of their smart people while they share ideas and other information of interest. They yearn to allow their cohort to find others within the company who are like minded; with common areas of interest.
As I wrote last month, I’m working with a team of folks to redesign the Web 2 Points of Control map along the lines of this year’s theme: “The Data Frame.” In the past few weeks I’ve been talking to scores of interesting people, including CEOs of data-driven start ups (TrialPay and Corda, for example), academics in the public dataspace, policy folks, and VCs. Along the way I’ve solidified my thinking about how best to visualize the “data layer” we’ll be adding to the map, and I wanted to bounce it off all of you. So here, in my best narrative voice, is what I’m thinking.
Pick-up nearly any business book and the recommendation is likely to be the same: when building a team, hire for attitudes and train for skills. In fact, my Forbes.com colleague Dan Schawbel has just written a posting with that very title: Hire for Attitude in which he interviewed Mark Murphy, author of Hiring for Attitude. It’s everywhere, and it sort of makes sense, doesn’t it, because every day we have to get up and go into work, and if the team is a difficult one to be around — if their attitudes are bad — then it’s going to be another day of “no fun,” and our motivation will begin low before anything else even has a chance to frustrate us.
L’une des pratiques les plus radicales en matière d’Extreme Programming ou XP, la plus contestée aussi, est la programmation en binôme ou pair programming. Deux développeurs se partagent un clavier, une souris et un écran et co-écrivent le code à quatre mains.
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To flourish, an idea must be developed, nourished, and, these days, protected. Filing for a patent with the U.S. government is just one step along that road, but it is a crucial step. For that purpose, you'll want to work with a well-known and effective patent lawyer.
“THE ISSUE” (Traffic Health Environment Intelligent Solutions Sustaining Urban Economies) is a new EU-funded project that aims to deliver green traffic management systems in European cities and towns. The implementation of this project brings together research clusters from five european regions, including the East Midlands (UK), the Molise region (Italy), the Midi-Pyrenees and Aquitane regions (France) and the Mazovia region (Poland).
You really have to want to get your posture correct if you’re willing to subject yourself to a pair of electronic Posture Suspenders. It’s not the annoying buzzing sound or vibration every time you slouch that’s the torturous part- it’s the fact that you have to actually wear a pair of suspenders in public. Oooh the horrors.
In reality, there are numerous factors that contribute to the overall success or failure of an innovation management approach within an organization. But, after thinking on the topic for some time, I was able to work the list down to a set of four fundamental requirements.
There are many interesting opportunities floating around out there and all kinds of people who would love to spend time talking about them. Opportunities can be exciting, sound great, and very attractive to pursue. Interesting opportunities can be tough to turn down when they are presented to you all packaged up and shiny.
There are two popular quotes that often get used when discussing innovation that were never actually said or written by the people to whom they are attributed. Despite the fact that they are fake quotes, there are still things that we can learn from them.
Do first impressions really matter? While they shouldn’t, the reality is that they most certainly do. As the old saying goes “you only get one chance to make a first impression,” and often times it is the perception of appearance that determines whether or not you are even afforded the opportunity to get up to bat. The truth is most people when first meeting someone will quickly attempt to size them up.
From when I joined Microsoft in 1997 until I left in 2004, and even since then (but especially during the heady days of the DOJ lawsuit), accusations flew fast and furious accusing Microsoft of misusing the word “innovation”, that Microsoft couldn’t innovate, or didn’t innovate.
To a large part, I don’t agree with that. Sure, you can say that Windows Phone 7 was a reaction to the iPhone and Android, but it wasn’t a clone, and it attempts to offer a unique usability value proposition versus iOS or Android. Even Windows 8 and the WinRT framework, while in some ways surely inspired by the iPad, it does so in a unique way as well, and will likely be seen in a diverse breadth of devices, versus the iPad’s “one size device fits all” strategy.
How are energy companies innovating? Find out how GE, China Light & Power and others are changing the way new sustainable energy solutions are sourced, and developed, internally, and using open innovation.
Kisai Optical Illusion is a limited edition touch screen wrist watch design with an optical illusion display. If you’ve ever seen those “magic eye” pictures that look like a bunch of wavy lines unless you stare really hard and unfocus your eyes just a bit to see the hidden picture- that’s exactly what this watch is. The cool part is that it’s totally digital, so it changes every minute.
Foldit, a puzzle game designed by scientists to get laypeople involved in solving biology research problems, has been making headlines for years. The game focuses on protein folding, the process by which these essential biochemicals curl up into shapes that let them catalyze life-sustaining chemical reactions inside our cells. The way proteins fold depends on thermodynamic rules that are very time-consuming to calculate out by brute force, because there are many ways to fold them but only one configuration that’s correct.
New forms of learning by doing seem to be emerging. Technology could play a role in finding innovative ways to enable skills development and greater understanding of personal actions, reactions and decisions.
It’s a truism that whenever I write about the solid fact that the Earth is warming up, that post will get comments that make it clear that denialists — and please read that link before commenting on my use of the word — are like religious zealots, writing the same tired long-debunked arguments that are usually debunked in the very post they’re commenting on.
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