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Innovation - a challenge in any business. Discuss your thoughts?
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Innovation -

Piece-meal or big bang.

Advantages or disadvantages?
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Neither.

Innovation has no meaning unless you know how to communicate it to your stakeholders.
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1 reply by Chanu Rajagopala
Jan 16, 2017 6:49 AM
Chanu Rajagopala
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Thanks for the response Anupam. Logical answer
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Innnovation well communicate, well understand, well utilised else it has no real posotove impact
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1 reply by Chanu Rajagopala
Jan 16, 2017 6:49 AM
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Thanks for the pointer Vincent.
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Innovation can be very positive but at the same time can be detrimental to project. It all depends how it is handled and communicated.
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1 reply by Chanu Rajagopala
Jan 16, 2017 6:50 AM
Chanu Rajagopala
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Wise point to be mindful abour, Rami. Thanks
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Innovation has become a new buzzword outside there.Some of the organizations think that innovation is somethig people can adquire by taking a pill and some of the consulting firms are selling that. But when you analyze the organizations you will find that they do not create the right environment to do that. As any other thing you tried to introduce inside the organization it must be considered from the point of view of analyzing the whole organization (its architecture) to determine if creating an innovation environment will help the organization to survive. And just that is the case then you have to work on people motivation to demostrate that to each stakeholder and enganing them.
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1 reply by Chanu Rajagopala
Jan 16, 2017 6:52 AM
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Sergio, It has become a reactive kind of business in corporate world. Reactive to remain in context with the popular trend. This is why, the question arose, should be it a big bang or a gradual build up and I understand that there are positives and negatives on both sides of the equation.

Thanks for taking time to reply
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this question has no meaning but Sergio's answer is the only correct one, It' s generally a meaningless buzzword that companies use to make it sound like they are doing something new. Innovation is doing something new, as in completely new, how many larger enterprises ever really do anything completely new unless they are a startup
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1 reply by Chanu Rajagopala
Jan 16, 2017 6:58 AM
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John, thanks for taking the time and I welcome your point on the question.

We have a central IT system, that is 2004 version and heavily customised, so none of the subsequent versions were upgraded to, though, the constant cusomisation have imbibed some elements from various versions. Now, we are at a juncture where we have no natural roadmap to upgrade the system. The only option I see is a big bang, new software..... but there are arguments against doing a big bang switch over, but doing it piecemeal. The problem with a piece-meal approach is, that every aspect upgraded needs to run parallel systems... new and legacy, until we upgrade all parts of the system and when the new system is upgraded, we have to strip back all the integrations packs (huge costs and resources) and switch the legacy off.

The big bang is to look at the processes that are required, setting up the new version. Perform extensive testing, extensive training and then one time switch over.

This is seen as a massive innovation project, due to the fact that its bringing a new environment.

Thanks for your contribution John.
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I somehow disagree with you John as Innovation is not necessarily something completely new during startup as it could be a new idea, new product (Within a factory), aleration and so on. Innovation can take many shapes and forms of which you've mentioned only one of them.
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1 reply by John Nash
Jan 09, 2017 10:14 AM
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It should mean that sure, in most areas I have worked it usually just means iterating on something that's existing, or just calling something innovating, even when really nothing new is being done, new products are not always innovations, they may just be iterations, and calling something innovative doesn't make it so. it's like the question as posed "innovation - piece meal or big bang" that question doesn't really mean anything unless you get specific.

Innovative to me is something like self driving cars, they are no longer the same as the cars we drove in the past, now they drive themselves, thats innovative, whereas many companies will do something like
""ohh look out our innovative new starting system - it's on the left of the steering wheel not the right, the LEFT!!! -innovation""
paying lip service to what innovation really means. (I spent a long time working in a company that wholly misused the term innovative, which is why I probably sound bitter :) )
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Jan 09, 2017 10:07 AM
Replying to Rami Kaibni
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I somehow disagree with you John as Innovation is not necessarily something completely new during startup as it could be a new idea, new product (Within a factory), aleration and so on. Innovation can take many shapes and forms of which you've mentioned only one of them.
It should mean that sure, in most areas I have worked it usually just means iterating on something that's existing, or just calling something innovating, even when really nothing new is being done, new products are not always innovations, they may just be iterations, and calling something innovative doesn't make it so. it's like the question as posed "innovation - piece meal or big bang" that question doesn't really mean anything unless you get specific.

Innovative to me is something like self driving cars, they are no longer the same as the cars we drove in the past, now they drive themselves, thats innovative, whereas many companies will do something like
""ohh look out our innovative new starting system - it's on the left of the steering wheel not the right, the LEFT!!! -innovation""
paying lip service to what innovation really means. (I spent a long time working in a company that wholly misused the term innovative, which is why I probably sound bitter :) )
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2 replies by Rami Kaibni and Stéphane Parent
Jan 09, 2017 11:45 AM
Rami Kaibni
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That makes more sense John and I agree the question should be more specific. Every organization defines innovation in their own way but at the end of the day, it is the outcome that defines whether it is innovation or not.

You did not sound bitter :-) but we all had different experiences in different organizations and environments so everyone is entitled for their own opinion based on their own experience so there is no right or wrong answer.
Jan 09, 2017 2:58 PM
Stéphane Parent
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I would posit that the autonomous cars almost count as invention, rather than innovation.

By definition, innovation is improvement by increments, small or large.
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Jan 09, 2017 10:14 AM
Replying to John Nash
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It should mean that sure, in most areas I have worked it usually just means iterating on something that's existing, or just calling something innovating, even when really nothing new is being done, new products are not always innovations, they may just be iterations, and calling something innovative doesn't make it so. it's like the question as posed "innovation - piece meal or big bang" that question doesn't really mean anything unless you get specific.

Innovative to me is something like self driving cars, they are no longer the same as the cars we drove in the past, now they drive themselves, thats innovative, whereas many companies will do something like
""ohh look out our innovative new starting system - it's on the left of the steering wheel not the right, the LEFT!!! -innovation""
paying lip service to what innovation really means. (I spent a long time working in a company that wholly misused the term innovative, which is why I probably sound bitter :) )
That makes more sense John and I agree the question should be more specific. Every organization defines innovation in their own way but at the end of the day, it is the outcome that defines whether it is innovation or not.

You did not sound bitter :-) but we all had different experiences in different organizations and environments so everyone is entitled for their own opinion based on their own experience so there is no right or wrong answer.
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Hello Chanu: I like the approach of trying a pilot first for any new innovation in the healthcare industry. After the pilot, I like to offer rolling go-lives if possible. This minimizes frustration, makes it easier to determine what may be causing issues, provides more control for supporting the innovation and typically results in better overall success. So I guess I prefer the piece-meal approach if possible.
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1 reply by Chanu Rajagopala
Jan 16, 2017 6:58 AM
Chanu Rajagopala
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Hi Lori, Thanks for your view points. I appreciate your effort and time.

Regards
Chanu
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Yes I do agree with communication and management of the risks/opportunities generated by innovation. It dépends on your company and your customers mindset. Also it can be allowed or forbidden by contract.
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1 reply by Chanu Rajagopala
Jan 16, 2017 6:59 AM
Chanu Rajagopala
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Thank you Philippe. Thanks for the advice.

Regards
Chanu
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