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Why Our Innovations Fail Us

Why Our Innovations Fail Us
Yet the media telling of the story makes it sound as if ideation—the creation of ideas—is 90% of the work of innovation. Ideation has produced many inventions that never became innovations because no one adopted them. Many people are misled by stories that inaccurately equate...
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Lessons Learned From The California Drought

Lessons Learned From the Caifornia Drought
California captures enough water each year to meet all its needs if it operates efficiently — a big if. … “There’s learning, information sharing, creativity, and discovery.” The drought is speeding up the process. “What causes change more than anything is crisis,” Thomas Howard, executive...
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Lessons Learned From Finally Using Medical Big Data

Lessons Learned From Finally Using Medical Big Data
Several Boston hospitals began building that platform in 2004 to enable researchers to query vast databases of patients’ electronic health records, letting them study treatment outcomes …. “We could say, ‘I’m looking for age-50 Asian females who were treated with stage III breast cancer,’ …...
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The Rapid Adoption Of Change — Takes Time

The Rapid Adoption Of Change Takes Time
I found a great insight, that doesn’t show up that often, in the following article in my research archives.  Robert Holler, the CEO of VersionOne (an Agile vendor) was quoted: “I think there might have been this anticipation five years ago that agile would take...
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Top Down Or Bottom Up

Top Down Or Bottom Up
“In the industries these companies are in, you have entrenched companies that wake up every day trying to put them out of business,” Messina says. “The existing rules and regulations were not built for disruptive technology, and part of America’s success has been allowing disruptive...
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We Solved The Hard Problems

We Solved The Hard Problems
“We had solved a lot of the hard problems, “ says Jeff Hammerbacher, one of the first data scientists at Facebook, who left in 2008 to start Cloudera, which makes data analytics software.  “I kind of knew what it would look like in five years,...
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How To Successfully Manage Fast Unexpected Changes

How To Successfully Manage Fast Unexpected Changes
The other fly in the petroleum jelly is the risk of a financial crackup such as Russia’s 1998 default.  “You will always have financial risks associated with fast, unexpected changes,” says Anders Aslund, a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics.  Oil’s Price...
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Fast Innovation Now

Fast Innovation Now
“Innovation is happening in centers of excellence around the world faster than ever before,” [Billionaire venture capitalist Jim Breyer] says, “largely because it’s more inexpensive than it was even five years ago to develop a product or service for a global audience.” What’s In The...
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Boy, Are You Behind The Times

Boy Are You Behind The Times
IT used to be sold to CIOs.  Now an employee adopts a piece of software and pushes his company to do the same. An Expense App to Hook Road Warriors, Bloomberg Businessweek, Dec 15, 2014. I had found a program called “Packrat” which was a...
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