Archive for June, 2013
Some background before I get into the detail, I’ve been developing small, medium and large ‘shrink wrapped’ products for the past 12 years and before that I worked on large multi-million pound in house projects.
Why do I give this background? Well it’s to set context in relation to this post from @Martijnlinssen where Martijn questions whether Agile can be used effectively for product development. I read into Martijn post that whilst Agile might work for project development it doesn’t work as well (if at all?) for Product development. I chose to disagree with Martijn on this point and responded with the comment:
I’m not sure from reading this that you actually get agile (sorry Martijn).. Whilst I agree Agile is not for everything, Agile can be a highly effective way to deliver software (and even commercial business) projects.
What it isn’t is throw all control in the bin…
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The session was hugely insightful and very educational… and whilst I’m not going to share the details verbatim, I thought I would share some of the very thought provoking statements like:
“The same old thinking gets the same old results … you need new thinking to get new results”
“Creativity must be present at every level of every technical part of the organisation”
“Even a mature innovative team need a coach otherwise it’s easy to innovate badly”
“A common mistake is to just let people loose with innovation”
“No great website is conceived by more than three people”
“Passionate creatures do not follow scripts”
Towards the end of the session Anne went on to share what she looks for when recruiting innovative people for Kone and how these qualities differ from the traditional qualities that many businesses still seek today:
|Traditional Qualities||Innovative Qualities|
|Risk adverse (No, can’t do that because)||Let’s have a go|
|Leadership Stereotype||Passionate Creatives|
This really was an excellent session that struck a chord with me, which qualities do you look for?