The Fallacy of Innovative Disruption

By Shai Shandil / On / In Software

About two years ago, I heard a respected and experienced IT Manager quip, “True innovation is disruptive, incremental innovation simply does not exist.”

I got the feeling he wasn’t joking as much as his tone suggested. But it would take me another 12 months to realize just how misunderstood “disruption” was, 20 years after its birth.

Since 1995, when the Harvard Business Review published the article that started it all, innovation theory has described two main streams: disruptive innovation and incremental innovation.

Those of us who studied innovation through the past two decades can point to multiple times both of these streams have brought amazing ideas to life in the real world. Toyota has perfected incremental innovation and baked it right into the manufacturing process. Meanwhile, disruptive innovation is clear in the technology that Google brought to the “search” domain in the late nineties.

Both methods have brought us wonderful things!

So why do some people think the only way to innovate is to disrupt? And how do they get the meaning of “disruption” so wrong?

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A week with Pokemon Go: A Gen-X Perspective

By Shai Shandil / On / In Uncategorised

It’ll be little surprise to anyone who has been breathing in the past month that Pokémon Go is taking the mobile gaming world by storm. The fact is that few (or even none) games before this one has had the impact on the world that we have seen here. Like everything, there are those “for” and those “against”. I’m not adding much to either of those parties with this blog – but I do outline my experience as a “grown-up” playing Pokémon Go. Read more “A week with Pokemon Go: A Gen-X Perspective”

No really, you already iterate.

By Shai Shandil / On / In Agile, Scrum

Although more tech teams use iterative project methodologies in the USA and Europe than any other methodology (State of Agile, 2015), we here in Australia have been slower to embrace the change. Not surprisingly, the reluctance to try something new is based on the fear of regressing back to the days when technology projects were equal parts magic and science. Consider this statement from a healthcare CEO client of ours: “Why would I want to change methodology now that we are finally, after all these years, starting to see some positive business outcomes?”

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Never Pay For A Lemon Again

By Shai Shandil / On / In Agile, Software

Despite my incredible urge to do so, this is article is not about the best farmers markets for quality, juicy, organic lemons. But it is about something just as important – not letting the elusiveness of technology get the better of you.

For years the technology industry has been plagued with labels like ‘money-pit’, ‘project-failure-office’, and ‘untouchables’. Unfortunately, not all of these labels were untrue at some point in time during the industries short lifetime. But we are no longer in the enlightenment era of the eighties, nor the renaissance era of the nineties, we now find ourselves more than two decades after those days of obscurity. And it’s about time we act our age.

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