Innovation

The New Vulcan Inc. Holodome at Seattle’s MoPOP Offers Trippy View Into Future of VR

The New Vulcan Inc. Holodome at Seattle’s MoPOP Offers Trippy View Into Future of VR Most virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (VR) experiences remain cumbersome. Although headsets have become lighter even as speed and resolution increases. But AR and VR participants still must don hardware for an experience. And then they must master the…

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Knowledge and Innovation: 21 Innovation Principles that Benefit from Knowledge Management

Knowledge and Innovation: 21 Innovation Principles That Benefit from a KM Perspective Knowledge management often sounds like a controlling function, but it can also be a liberating one. Seeking knowledge, examining problems from different points of view and synthesizing content and context to create new, often unique possibilities requires an openness that the process view…

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Innovation: More Poetry than Science

An earlier version of this post originally appeared at Fast Company Innovation: More Poetry than Science Practical lessons from 35 years of writing poetry to help individuals and teams deliver more innovative products, processes, and services. In a conversation with Phil McKinney, former HP Chief Innovation Officer and author of Beyond the Obvious: Killer Questions That Spark Game-Changing…

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Challenging IBM’s Innovation Findings in ‘Insatiable Innovation’

Insatiable Innovation? I was intrigued by the IBM Institute for Business Value report titled Insatiable Innovation. I like the title. America has lead the world to desire, expect and consume innovation at an increasingly rapid pace. The report passes no judgment on this phenomenon. The researchers, however, should ask if this is a good or bad…

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New Report: Ten Innovations That Should Drive Collaboration Technology

Ten Innovations That Should Drive Collaboration Technology Download Ten Innovations That Should Drive Collaboration Technology here:  This report outlines ten areas of technology innovation led by a variety of vendors. None of the areas mentioned here have become fully realized, nor do any of them currently dominate the requirements of organizations seeking to acquire or…

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What the President Should Do Next

The 2012 Presidential election is over. As with many great events, it leaves the world with some certainties resolved, and it highlights uncertainties that loom even larger. Changes to The Affordable Care Act First and foremost, the uncertainty of the election is over.  We know that President Obama has been re-elected, and with that, and…

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How Innovation Is More Poetry Than Science now up at Fast Company

In a recent conversation with Phil McKinney, former HP Chief Innovation Officer and author of Beyond the Obvious: Killer Questions That Spark Game-Changing Innovation, we discussed innovation and theory. McKinney said that much of the literature about innovation comes from theorists, not practitioners. I responded that some of us assert practical innovation insights informed by…

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New Fast Company Blog Post: Redefining Diversity For The New Global Workforce

Our views of diversity in America are changing, but they aren’t keeping up with the global reality that now faces American companies. Traditionally, diversity-focused on the integration of people from racial, gender, physical ability, and religious perspectives inside of large corporations motivated by political or operational imperative, or social good. The idea was to create…

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Innovation in Education Requires Smart use of Resources, Including People’s Time

Education Innovation In Kevin Pashuk’s post Why Your School Needs a Sandbox, the CIO argues that creating a sandbox reinforced education innovation and creates a mechanism for executing experiments that people want to try, and that the academic administration thinks might be successful. The model is a good one. I think what is more important…

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3 Reasons CIOs Need Scenario Planning

Scenario planning is the art and practice of imagining multiple futures to create a strategic context for planning and decision making. Pioneered by Royal Dutch Shell in the ’60s and ’70s, the technique is now widely used by businesses and governments as an important element of strategic planning. Functional departments increasingly employ scenario planning to…

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Must Listen: Reinventing Discovery: The New Era Of Networked Science

A must-listen interview from Seattle’s KUOW THE CONVERSATION. Reinventing Discovery delivers a highly recommended new way to see science. It hints about how the Serendipity Economy is becoming reality for scientists. Michael Nielsen is the author of “Reinventing Discovery: the Era of Networked Science.” http://www.kuow.org/program.php?id=25124

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Shakespeare in Theory – and Why Computer’s Aren’t As Interesting As They Used to Be

or Shakespeare isn’t Anonymous In light of the fun, interesting, and I think, utterly fictional Anonymous, I thought I would repost this item from my now defunct Future of Information Work blog. Be challenged, but enjoy. 4/7/2008 2:45:59 PM Shakespeare Wars I have finally finished Rosenbaum’s Shakespeare Wars. I love Shakespeare, but why include comments…

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Lady Gaga, Angry Birds and the Separation of Social Media States

Yesterday I experienced the equivalent of a one-day best seller for my blog post about innovation lessons derived from studying Lady Gaga (“The Tens-Ten Lessons You Can Learn About Innovation by Studying Lady Gaga”). This little blog shot up from closely-held respect to international destination. Why? Because this blog post was elevated to the Freshly…

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Lady Gaga Innovation: Ten Lessons You Can Learn About Innovation by Studying Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga Innovation: Ten Lessons Experiment Innovation requires the ability to experiment, and along with that, the ability to let go of things that don’t work. Failure should be a lesson, not a marathon to rehabilitate the mistake. Don’t experiment in a linear, overly cautious way. Experiment with a bit of abandon and watch carefully…

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Balancing the Education Equation with Execution, Transformation and Innovation

Education Innovation In a society driven by industrial age economics and measurements, it isn’t surprising that we have slowly transformed the first knowledge economy work, education, into a factory, complete with six sigma performance objectives and assembly line views that treat all children of a given age or class of learner the same. Of course,…

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5 Strategies for Entering Emerging Technology Markets

Entering Emerging Technology Markets: After reading RIM PlayBook reviews (good summary by InformationWeek) when it was announced, and I think there are lessons to be learned that go well beyond the tablet market. Here are 5 strategies technology companies need to consider when entering an emerging market. 5 Strategies for Entering Emerging Technology Markets Features…

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Why Devices will Rule the Future

I have watched a number of vision videos, and almost all of them have one thing in common: major infrastructure assumptions. Glass walls with controls, rooms with special speakers and microphones, sensors in inexpensive mirrors, projectors and sensors in open spaces. It isn’t that these things aren’t possible, but look around your house. If it…

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The other side of the jobless recovery?

Reposted from The Future of Information Work: 11/2/2009 5:28:51 PM It has been speculated recently that technology has significantly contributed to the restructuring of labor markets. Today’s Computerworld ran the following article that reinforces this perspective (read it here: More Jobs Vanish: IT’s Gains Are Real People’s Losses). The question now is: what next? If…

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HP Breaking the Redmond Dependency–A Tale of Two Strategies, Two Futures

Nokia’s Stephen Elop is getting some grief for his choice of Windows to fuel his company’s new SmartPhones. (see Grief and disbelief greet Elop’s Nokia revolution)  Over at HP, CEO Apotheker is dumping Microsoft in favor of its own OS (Global CIO: HP Mobile Dump Of Microsoft Is Brilliant). These are two strategic visions heading…

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Where Next for Nokia and Microsoft?–Be the Best Windows Phone Partner or Be Irrelevant

So Nokia has decided to partner with Microsoft. The details may have changed, but my strategic advice to them remains the same. They need to analyze their strengths against the competitors and combine those with the strengths of the Microsoft platform in order to out innovate Apple and Google. They will not survive if they…

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What We Won’t Learn from IBM’s Watson Playing Jeopardy!

The game show Jeopardy! will host an unusual array of contestants on Februrary 14-16, 2011. Two of the shows superstars, Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter, will be pitted against Watson, an artificial intelligence (AI) created by IBM engineers. Watson will not teach the world anything new about a generalized artificial intelligence. In the moment, as…

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Why Start-Ups Need More Strategic Planning, and Why Investors Should Help Provide It

Single-minded passion for the idea. That is a typical of what people think about when think about the success of a new product or service. The individual and his or her team that tirelessly drive toward their vision. The problem is, visions don’t exist in a vacuum. I have said this to startups for years.…

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Why I Wrote Management by Design

I have never worked at a company that really thought about its workplace experience, nor one that encouraged it managers to do so. We praise design in everything else, but the places where we spend our days, we leave under designed. Management by Design was written to address this issue. It outlines a methodology that…

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5 Reasons to Integrate (more) Virtual Reality into Education Now! #edu

As costs for education continue to increase: human capital costs and real estate costs (and its related costs of energy and maintenance), virtual reality environments may well prove the valve that allows expansion without bankruptcy. Consider these five ideas (and look for a special bonus at the bottom). Costs. It costs a lot less to…

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Internet Evolution: Microsoft’s Missing the Boat on Kinect for Office

Here’s my conclusion: Microsoft argues that its divisions are more innovative together than apart. Kinect presents an opportunity for this cross-fertilization to manifest itself. Perhaps if Microsoft can get its business units to work better together we will see a bit more out of its anemic stock, a little more fire in the eyes of…

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The Problem with Housing Starts: Why we need new national economic metrics

Toward new national economic metrics: Housing starts (New residential construction) and foreclosures offer insight into the current economic malaise in the United States. They also reflect an ingrained view of consumption measures as the yardstick for economic health. Our measurement system is driving us to establish conditions similar to those before the recession. If we…

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An Approach to Innovative Thinking

An Approach to Innovative Thinking An approach to innovation…I was asked recently by one of my former Microsoft colleagues to answer five questions about how I approach analysis and solutions as part of an ongoing employee mentoring program. Here are my answers. Idea evaluation I start with an outside-in perspective on all ideas. If one…

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How Does Scenario Planning Help Drive Innovation?

How does scenario planning help drive Innovation? I am often asked how scenario planning and the resulting scenarios help drive innovation. Here are six key points to consider: Scenarios increase the productivity of brainstorming and idea discovery. Because scenarios force people into other social, economic, political and technological realities, the constraints of the present and…

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