Entrepreneur / Innovation / Startup / Technology

From zero to launch in 4 months

In January 2012 Spigit– the company that I work for- decided to build and launch a free product which would provide a testing ground for companies thinking about introducing a full innovation platform. The platform needed enough functionality to prove the value of company-wide ideation, would be designed and built from scratch, and- oh yes- it … Continue reading

Apple / Enterprise / Entrepreneur / Innovation / Startup / Technology

Everyone Is Not A Product Manager

You see it everywhere: customers demand features, sales say they can’t sell unless something is added, developers introduce random changes without anyone else knowing they are coming. Giving feedback and suggestions is essential for a company’s product to grow and develop, but having knowledge of the wider strategy and putting proper thought behind each change … Continue reading

Enterprise / Entrepreneur / Gamification / Innovation / Technology

“Reality is Broken”- teasers

I recently finished Jane McGonigal’s “Reality is Broken”- a book which discusses game design, improving lives, and changing the world. Sound grand? Yes, but McGonigal presents a strong argument. Far from being the downfall of a generation, the writer argues that video games are enabling collaboration on a scale previously unseen, and that through this … Continue reading

Civil Service / Enterprise / Entrepreneur / Government / Innovation / Spigit / Technology

Amplify 2011: stimulating – challenging – echoing?

Far too many conferences continue to be very standard, with run-of-the-mill circuit speakers talking about uncontroversial topics and no effort to really stimulate attendees or make use of them being in the same place at the same time. Such events are often little more than marketing activities, and are at best talking-shops. The UK government’s … Continue reading

Entrepreneur / Innovation

The Innovation Superstar

Many misconceptions abound about how to best enable innovation within the enterprise, with businesses and innovation functions (facing both external and internal pressure) often focusing on the short-term and the materialistic rather than long term change. From observing various companies- both public and private- attempt to embed a culture of innovation, it is clear that … Continue reading