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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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How To Avoid Great Ideas That Go Awry

How To Avoid Great Ideas That Go Awry
Many of these thinkers were based in the United States. In 1968, Stanford University professor Paul R. Ehrlich published the best-selling book The Population Bomb, in which he warned that overpopulation would soon lead to mass starvation. By 1977, Robert McNamara — the former U.S....
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Lesson Learned From Investing Contrarians

Lessons Learned From Investing Contrarians
True contrarians make a point of investing differently from everybody else. Rather than accept the consensus opinion, true contrarians ask questions and seek out factors others are ignoring …. Note that this is a different behavior than what is often the stereotype of contrarian investing...
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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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We Have To Find A Way To Learn From Winning

We Have To Find A Way To Learn From Winning
“You have to find a way to learn from winning,” said Brad Frost, women’s hockey coach at Minnesota.”It’s a lot easier to lose and learn.”  Frost’s team racked up victory after victory in 2013.  Without any losses to reflect on, though, Frost decided to rethink...
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First Have An Idea Then Mine Your Data

First Have An Idea Then Mine Your Data
“There’s a creative moment when you think of a hypothesis, maybe it’s that interest rate data drives” currency rates, she says. “So we think about that first before we mine the data.  We don’t mine the data to come up with ideas.” Lady Braga Steps...
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Lessons Learned From Seattle’s Tunneling Project

Lessons Learned From Seattle Tunneling Project
According to Oxford professor Bent Flyvbjerg, megaprojects in the past 70 years have consistently come in over budget while delivering less than half of their promised monetary benefit.  … His research on megaprojects has been cited by both backers and critics of the tunnel.  Nine...
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Ya Gotta Know What Is Normal

Ya Gotta Know What Is Normal
TaKaDu’s software establishes a baseline of “normal behavior” within each network.  The better it understands normal patterns of water flow throughout the day, the more accurately it can detect aberrations that indicate a leak or a burst. It knows that water flows are highest in...
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Don’t Take Too Long

Don't Take Too Long
It is indeed ironic that Hadoop is picking up support in the general community about five years after Google moved on to better things. Hence, the rest of the world followed Google into Hadoop with a delay of most of a decade.  Google has long...
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Lead, Follow Or Get Out Of The Way

Lead, Follow Or Get Out Of The Way
For advanced economies, innovation requires pushing on the frontiers of science and technology.  That can’t happen without heavy government funding for basic research … The Internet and the Global Positioning System (GPS) are only two of the crucial technologies that originated as projects of the...
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