The Creativator

"A bit like a fruit machine" were the words that my co-conspirator Simon White muttered as we sat around my dining table planning out an innovation programme for a client. He was describing a technique that he had developed to help people generate ideas, based around using three categories from which random entries could be … Continue reading The Creativator

Innovation in 4 diagrams – the summary

Over the past six years, I've been working with all sorts of clients in all sorts of sectors. I'm constantly adapting and iterating my approaches from the work that I do, and here's where I am currently at when it comes to helping my clients to establish models and approaches to do things differently. This … Continue reading Innovation in 4 diagrams – the summary

Innovation in 4 diagrams – 4. The Skills of the Bricoleur

Now we have established that there are different approaches required for doing things where we don't know the solution, to those when we do, let's now unpack that skill set. Let's look at the Skills of the Bricoleur. First of all there is a collective mindset required, that which wants to Collaborate. Working Out Loud … Continue reading Innovation in 4 diagrams – 4. The Skills of the Bricoleur

Innovation in 4 diagrams – 3. The Play Matrix

Having taken a look at the products and services that you offer, it's now time to look at how you gear to deliver change and innovation. Essentially all of this is a response to a somewhat oxymoronic question I've been asked on a number of occasions over the years: We want to be innovative. Can … Continue reading Innovation in 4 diagrams – 3. The Play Matrix

Innovation in 4 diagrams – 2. The 3P Model

Having explored the drive for change because of changing expectations, the next step one can take is to examine what the current state of products and services look like. Enter the 3P model. At the core of 3P is the old adage, it ain't what you do, it's the way that you do it. It's … Continue reading Innovation in 4 diagrams – 2. The 3P Model

Innovation in 4 diagrams – 1. Digital Architecture

Every so often I need to take stock and outline where my thinking is at. This is one of those moments. In the past few months my work increasingly has turned to helping my clients to plot courses through the need to make change happen to the services that they deliver to their clients and … Continue reading Innovation in 4 diagrams – 1. Digital Architecture

Be more firefighter

We are constantly confronting the need for change in our organisations. Change at an institutional level, at a team level all the way down to the actions and behaviours of individuals. The world around us is mutating, and we need to adapt to accommodate that change. Yet if you ask people why they can't change, … Continue reading Be more firefighter

What three questions?

I love simple questions that have complex and nuanced answers. In a conversation with my dad at the weekend, we came up with three that might for the starting point for a deep dialogue with a group of people about how they work together. The first one is one I've used a fair bit already, … Continue reading What three questions?

What if “commodity” IT isn’t a commodity?

Fungible is one of those words that sounds like it should be onomatopeiac but isn't. It does, though, represent a crucial element of what makes something a commodity: fungible means that you can swap in and out without concern. For example, I can buy Tate and Lyle white sugar or Silver Spoon white sugar, put … Continue reading What if “commodity” IT isn’t a commodity?

The problem with “free”

Would Microsoft Teams be used more effectively if customers had to pay for it rather than it being bundled for "free" into Office 365 packages? Here's my logic... The successful adoption of any software depends on good change management around its introduction. The amount that is spent is directly proportional to the overall cost of … Continue reading The problem with “free”