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Is agile good enough for innovation ?

  1. 1. IS AGILE GOOD ENOUGH FOR INNOVATION ? Melbourne Agile Meet up group 1
  2. 2. • 2002 Started with XP • Agile coach • Blogger: http://aglileworld.blogspot.comhttp ://agileworld.blogspot.com • Author, Advisor and Writer http://www.techwell.com/users/venkatesh-krishnamurthy) p://agile.dzone.com/users/venky_nk Venky Krishnamurthy
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  4. 4. Where did this start ? 4
  5. 5. Plan for the next hour… • Sources of Innovation • Pillars supporting Innovation • Conclusion 5
  6. 6. What is the source of INNOVATION ? 6
  7. 7. Goal Oriented Accidental Hobby/Curiosity Necessity Wealth and Money Any combination 7
  8. 8. Accidental 8 Game NeverEnding Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing company Weak Glue - Sticky paper for his music notations
  9. 9. Goal Oriented 9 Page and Brin Mouse - Englebart Xerox- Carlson Spent 10 years researching this
  10. 10. Curiosity/Hobby 10 George de Mestral invented Velcro in response to the burrs he found on his clothes after a hike. Linus Torvalds began Linux as a hobby: a way to learn about software and explore making some of his own.
  11. 11. Necessity 11 Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist. org, needed a way to keep in touch with friends about local events. The simple email list grew too popular to manage and evolved into the website known today
  12. 12. 12 What common trait do you see among all these inventors and inventions ? • Ha • Individuals • Passion • Time at their disposal • No pressure to deliver • No fear of failure • Right Tool availability
  13. 13. Goal Oriented Accidental Hobby/Curiosity Necessity Wealth and Money Any combination 13 Companies- Innovation to
  14. 14. 14 • Collaborative space • Passionate/ Creative people • Time to experiment • Flexible Delivery Schedule • No fear of failure • Right tool availability Whether the innovation is done by individuals or companies, the fundamental concepts remain the same. • Ha • Individuals • Passion • Time at their disposal • No pressure to deliver • No fear of failure • Right Tool availability
  15. 15. 15 • Collaborative space • Passionate/ Creative people • Time to experiment • Flexible delivery schedule • No fear of failure • Right tool availability
  16. 16. 16 Since we will be working with other employees in building innovative products, Collaborative and spaces igniting creativity are highly essential.
  17. 17. Provide Creative space: Google office 17
  18. 18. Provide Creative and collaborative space 18
  19. 19. Unsuitable office spaces 19
  20. 20. 20 • Collaborative space • Passionate/ Creative people • Time to experiment • Flexible delivery schedule • No fear of failure • Right tool availability
  21. 21. 21 The Difference: How the Power of Diversity Creates Better Groups, Firms, Schools, and Societies Diversity in Perspectives Diverse interpretations Diverse Problem solving techniques Diverse way of analyzing situation
  22. 22. Does your project have diverse thinking people ? 22
  23. 23. Lesson Learned: Without consciously making effort to have diverse thinking people in the team, Agile or Lean can’t help in building innovative products. What is the lesson learned ? 23
  24. 24. 24 • Collaborative space • Passionate/ Creative people • Time to experiment • Flexible delivery schedule • No fear of failure • Right tool and its usage Leadership
  25. 25. If it’s stillAmazon’s philosophy to make bold bets, I would expect that maybe some of them wouldn’t work out, but I am just not seeing that. So, my question is where are the losers?” 25 During 2011 Shareholders meeting, an interesting question was asked by a shareholder. If you invent frequently and are willing to fail, then you never get to that point where you really need to bet the whole company. AWS also started about six or seven years ago. And I can guarantee you that everything we do will not work. And, I am never concerned about that…. We are stubborn on vision.
  26. 26. How many managers or leaders are like Jeff Bezos embracing failures and willing to bet ? Lesson Learned: Strong leadership support is necessary for innovation to succeed. One could apply Agile, Lean but without a strong leadership like Jeff Bezos, innovation won’t succeed 26
  27. 27. Story: Who killed innovation at 3M ? 27 1/3 rd Revenue through Innovation James McNerney
  28. 28. There is a saying….. 28 Process excellence demands precision, consistency, and repetition, innovation calls for variation, failure, and serendipity
  29. 29. 29 If Organizations wants to build innovative products, embracing Agile, Lean is not sufficient… They need to be supported by What is the lesson learned ? • Collaborative space • Passionate/ Creative people • Time to experiment • Flexible delivery schedule • No fear of failure • Right tool availability
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