The front and back ends of innovation test us in different ways. At the front end we wrestle with, “What problem is worth solving?” At the back end we wrestle with, “How do deliver something that offers greater relative advantage than the next best alternative?”
The back end can test us the most. We tap fully our potential for leadership to produce something new—something that, in its newness, disrupts the status quo.
In this article, innovation architect Doug Collins explores the link between the Skunk Works®, a successful approach to the back end developed during World War II, in the context of today’s approach to collaborative innovation.
Bright lights, big city: the good people at Createasphere recently made available my keynote on “Collaborative Innovation: Co-Create Your Way to DAM Maturity” from their confererence on digital asset management in New York last fall.
Collaborative Innovation…Co-Create Your Way to DAM Maturity Part 1
People who work in the nuclear power industry track their lifetime exposure to radiation as a function of the maximum allowed by law. If only a benign regulatory agency would set limits for exposure to PowerPoint presentations. Lamentably, many would learn that they have exceeded the lethal dose.
In this article innovation architect Doug Collins explores a better way: one that marries the best that the virtual form of collaborative innovation can offer with the long-standing, effective approach of hosting an in person World Café. Continue reading
Organizations introduce web portals to help people share information and ideas. Time passes. Sites proliferate like kudzu strangling a pin oak. Their numbers keep people from finding the information they need and from engaging in the conversations that matter. Collaboration slows.
What is the web gardener to do?
In this article innovation architect Doug Collins explores how the practice of collaborative innovation can help organizations trim their proliferating portals. Continue reading
The agile model for coding software rewards developers with more satisfying work and clients with more useful applications, sooner. Software developers who embrace agile principles face two challenges, however. We work globally: people cannot collocate. We source work by fiat: teams cannot gel to pursue challenges that engage them. In this article innovation architect Doug Collins explores how people can apply the practice of collaborative innovation as a means to realize the promise that agile development offers. Continue reading