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Optimisation vs Transformation

There's one metaphor that I've found to be particularly useful in my work with clients in helping to articulate the opportunity and challenge in making smart decisions around technology and transformation. Now, more than ever of-course, these kind of decisions are critical. If we look for examples of change within…
Neil Perkin
June 10, 2020
AgileBusinessInnovation Observations

Changing Innovation Horizons

Silicon Valley entrepreneur Steve Blank makes a good point about McKinsey's Three Horizons Model for innovation and how our approach to understanding how we apply it needs to change. The model famously seeks to define the different types of innovation that businesses need to focus on if they are to…
Neil Perkin
February 10, 2019
AgileBusinessInnovation Observations

The Myths of Disruption and Change

...Or why in business we need a more sophisticated approach to appreciating the impact of digital technologies When we think about the impact of digital technologies on the modern business environment there‚Äôs a prevailing narrative now around disruptive new market entrants, and accelerating and exponential change. This is often expressed…
Neil Perkin
January 8, 2019
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Why Corporate Innovation is so Hard

I loved this piece by Tim Harford in the FT about why corporate innovation fails not least because it emphasises one of the more under-acknowledged challenges with generating disruptive innovations in large organisations. Harford references J F C Fuller's 'Plan 1919' from the First World War, a pioneering and ambitious…
Neil Perkin
December 3, 2018