Thursday, February 28, 2013

Innovation technique: Nine Windows

consider the matrix {past,present,future}x{supersystem,system,subsystem}. Fill in center(present,system). Complete the grid. Observe for insights.

Innovation Technique: Outcome Expectation

1. Identify Jobs To Be Done 2. Identify 4 quadrants: desired/undesired outcomes to client/provider 3. Create outcome statement: include the direction of action (minimize/maximize), unit (time/cost/etc.) object, and context. e.g.: "Decrease the likelihood of delayed customer orders" Software Industry Relevance: Often there are 3 players: the end user (functionality), the provider as a financial entity (monitezation) and the provider as a technical entity (design integrity). You need to recognize those disparate needs and identify what each role/entity preferences are. Based in part on The Innovator Toolkit

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Innovation Technique: JTBD (Jobs To Be Done)

Jobs To Be Done: Instead of focusing on what you are doing, focus on the jobs your customers (internal or external) are trying to accomplish. Instead of improving the lawnmowers you are manufacturing, maybe you should genetically engineer grass? (the job to be done: keep lawn looking tidy). Software industry relevance: similar to User Stories, but much more higher level than most people use User Stories. Based in part on The Innovators Toolkit

Monday, February 25, 2013

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Twitter - at last.

For short and succinct words of wisdom... use a dictionary. For everything else, there's @yanivpessach

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Distributed Storage eBook available

Good News Everyone! My 'Distributed Storage: Concepts, Algorithms, and Implementation' eBook is now available on Amazon. The eBook is a short introduction to the topic and is targeted at the academic level as an introduction to the topic.