Gartner Spanks IT Managers

23 04 2007

“Technology managers are mired in mediocrity, wait for technology vendors to innovate and fear being a first mover. The result: The U.S. doesn’t innovate and CIOs risk becoming extinct.

That sobering message was delivered by Gartner analyst Steve Prentice. “


20 04 2007

Break_2 The back of a driver training bus in London.

Department of Commerce Seeks to Measure Innovation

20 04 2007

“WASHINGTON-Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez today announced that the Department is seeking public input on ways to measure innovation in the economy.The public comments will support the work of the Measuring Innovation in the 21st Century Advisory Committee, established by Secretary Gutierrez to provide recommendations on how to measure innovation and its impact on the U.S. economy. Comments from the public will inform and advance the development of proposals…

The Committee anticipates the recommendations will cover the following four major categories identified by the participants during the initial meeting:

    1. Improvement of the underlying architecture of the U.S. System of National Accounts to facilitate development of improved and more granular measures of innovation and productivity;
    2. Identification of appropriate economy-wide and sector-specific statistical series or other indicators that could be used to quantify innovation and/or its impacts;
    3. Identification of firm-specific data items that could enable comparisons and aggregation; and
    4. Identification of specific “holes” in the current data collection system that limit our ability to measure innovation.”

Larry Keeley Video

18 04 2007

Larry Keeley presents at the University of California Santa Barbara Technology Management Program. This video is from 2005, but the content is still relelvant. Some of the topics he discusses are innovation fundamentals, effective innovation and creating platforms for products.

IIT Strategy conference

18 04 2007

The IIT Institute of design strategy conference coming up in May has a number of impressive speakers.

Hasso Plattner: Co-founder of SAP who gave $30 million to the design school at Stanford

Chris Anderson: Editor in Chief of Wired and author of the Long Tail

Roger Martin: Dean of the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto

This conference should be full of great ideas and future directions for innovation and design.

Dean Kamen’s Lessons Learned on Innovation

15 04 2007

Dean Kamen’s lessons learned on innovation:

  • Taking risks is essential.
  • The future is the world of ideas.
  • Hype is the enemy of innovation.
  • Outsourcing is practical and necessary.
  • Innovation comes in many shapes.

  • Robert Metcalfe on Innovation

    13 04 2007

    I read a great interview with Robert Metcalfe. There were two things that he said that stuck with me:

    1. 3Com could have been what Cisco is today if Robert was not so focused on their chief competitor at the time, Novell networks. He emphasized that it is much more important to focus on the customer than on the competition.
    2. Robert mentors young people and he brings them to his lavish home in the Boston area. When the visitors are wowed by the home he tells them that is was not invention or innovation that got him the rewards that come with success. It was sleeping in hotel rooms, knocking doors down and relentlessly and passionately selling his ideas.