Igniting Innovation: Tips, Sparks and Ideas for Acting on Innovation

Drop Some of That Innovation Baggage

Posted by Scott Dunkle on Dec 8, 2015 10:00:00 AM

So your company is going to do a Create Session to come up with some newinnovation baggage ideas for products to pursue? What about all the in-process or already delivered ideas in your current pipeline, do you have the space and capacity for them all?

Companies large and small frequently face the challenge of allocating resources when new shiny ideas come along, even those as big as Apple.

The time and money to remove a project or product from the portfolio may deter you as much as starting a new one.

In the web development space, we call this technical debt. Technical debt is basically items that need to be finished in order to consider a project complete, but are often pushed off until later due to changing direction or focus. When too much debt builds up, you have more items to take into account as new ideas are piled on.

Technical, or Design Debt tends to develop out of business pressures, lack of proper resources, and lack of alignment with business goals and mission during the life cycle of an idea.

Example: Have you ever moved to a new house or apartment with the aspiration of getting rid of all your junk before you moved, only to end up packing it up and moving a majority of it at the end due to lack of time?

According to entertainer and home decorating guru Martha Stewart, “Getting rid of clutter will reduce housework by 40 percent”.

innovation light at the end of the tunnelHow many of us would enjoy ridding ourselves of 40 percent of the tedious mundane daily work to focus more on the shiny new ideas? I’ve seen that light at the end of the tunnel and it looks glorious.

Topics: Create, innovation, Innovation Culture

Scott Dunkle

Written by Scott Dunkle

Scott is the Tech Guy. The leader of all things digital creating an innovation platform like no other in the world. And he never misses a chance to throw in a Star Wars reference.

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