Innochat Archive

How do we choose innovations?

John W Lewis's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, Feb 15, 2018

One of the multiple dimensions in which we evaluate and choose innovations, whether for provision or consumption, is the level abstraction from the user or customer. For example, novelty (such as new technology) is often considered to drive innovation, but does it? But it is not directly relevant to many customers.

Who values innovations?

John W Lewis's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, Feb 08, 2018

Innovations are considered to be effective when they deliver value. But to whom are they valuable? Generally, it is to the adopter of each innovation, but who is that?

Is innovation risky?

John W Lewis's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, Feb 01, 2018

Another topic, which arose in our preview of innovation in 2018, was risk and aversion to risk. The implication is that people avoid innovation because they are averse to risk.

Sticking with Innovations

John W Lewis's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, Jan 25, 2018

When making any change that is a one-way, step change (rather than an adjustment which can be made smoothly in either direction), there is one aspect which stands out as being the most important. These step changes can be expensive and reversing them can be even more expensive and, sometimes, impossible. Therefore, the most important aspect is the commitment to making it work.

Rethinking Failure in Innovation

John W Lewis's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, Jan 18, 2018

One of the topics raised frequently, in discussions of innovation and its management, is the role of failure. And it came up again when we looked ahead to 2018 in our first #innochat of the year, on January 4th.

Innovation and Jobs To Be Done

John W Lewis's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, Jan 11, 2018

Why are people buying and using your products? As Theodore Levitt pointed out in 1974 "People don't want to buy a quarter-inch drill, they want a quarter-inch hole." This is an example of type of thinking is the basis of the "Jobs To Be Done".

New Year preview: Is Innovation at a Watershed?

John W Lewis's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, Jan 04, 2018

While innovation is a hot topic in many organizations and institutions, there are few in which innovation is embedded and considered essential. For most people in most organizations, innovation is "nice to have", rather than "must have", and requires continual initiatives to keep it alive. Nevertheless, it is becoming increasingly unacceptable to ignore or dismiss innovation as unimportant. What issues determine whether innovation is turning a corner?

Review of innovation and #innochat in 2017

John W Lewis's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, Dec 21, 2017

As we near the end of 2017, let's discuss what happened and didn't happen in innovation this year, and what we covered in #innochat.
We'll take a break on December 28th and be back on January 4th 2018.

Innovations in Energy Availability and Storage

John W Lewis's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, Dec 14, 2017

Demands for energy availability and storage are increasing as the world continues to change the mix of forms in which energy is sourced and consumed. Energy is required to be available in different forms and to be stored in increasing quantities.

Innovations in Energy Storage

John W Lewis's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, Dec 07, 2017

This #innochat did not take place and discussion on this topic was postponed to the following week, December 14th 2017. See the framing post: Innovations in Energy Availabilty and Storage

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