Stumbled upon … innovation

Will life slow down in the future or will it continue to speed up? Interesting post on the ever-increasing speed of life by Alex Iskold on ReadWriteWeb. It’s titled:
“Faster – Why Constant Stress is Part of Our Future”. Well, heard that before and I guess this meme won’t ever stop. So
strategic innovators may do well to check out these tidbits:

Umair Haque says we need to rethink strategy itself:

A world of cheap, abundant, always-on interaction, where value is shifting to the edges, demands a fresh understanding of what’s truly strategic and what’s not.

Jeff Jarvis on how an edge strategy may be reached:

Where orthodox strategy advises hiding information and making things less liquid, what does edge strategy advise? Exactly the opposite: release information bottlenecks and make things more liquid.

Keith Sawyer on the emergent nature of worthwhile innovation efforts:

breakthrough innovation is improvisational – it emerges, unpredictably, from a long series of small sparks of ideas. No single one of those ideas determines the final form of the innovation that will later emerge

citing Peter Drucker:

“When a new venture does succeed, more often than not it is in a market other than the one it was originally intended to serve, with products and services not quite those with which it had set out, bought in large part by customers it did not even think of when it started, and used for a host of purposes besides the ones for which the products were first designed.” (1985)

Simon Wardley has published a video of his talk at XTech (“Why open matters – from innovation to commoditisation.”) Main topics are:
- An introduction to commoditisation, creative destruction and competitive advantage.
- An introduction to innovation
- An introduction to the underlying processes.
- Why nothing in management is simple.
- How this impacts IT.
- Why open is essential for a service world.

And I really should spend more time with ‘Thingamy’, a “Business Model Builder with instant delivery of Business Processes, Accounts and Reports.”

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