Thursday, September 21, 2017

A System to Manage Innovation

Jamaica Computer Society Public Lecture Series 2013 
lecturerLecture 2: Ramon Bosch at University of Technology, Jamaica
- Thursday April 25, 2013

A foundation was laid in defining innovation as being differentiation that creates value and a satisfying end user experience. Bosch goes on to elucidate on the idea that market risks (risks that no one will use a product) are more threatening than execution risks (risks that a product will not be delivered).


Productivity may be grouped into either of the following: Developing new features, feature changes, internal tasks and dealing with incidents. The greatest value is created in developing new features. These principles are fundamental in the concepts of “Lean IT”.

“Lean IT” has roots in the theories of Fredrick Taylor, Henry Ford and later refinements by Taiichi Ohno (of Toyota Motors), W Edwards Deming and latterly by Steve Blank but rejects some of the ideas of Mass Production, Waterfall and Agile theories. Ideas such as: specialization, division of labour and structural hierarchy. Instead,” Lean IT” focuses on getting a product with minimum acceptable functionality in the hands of the consumers; with embedded metrics which provide data that can offer lessons to be learnt. This ensures that the product brought to market will find significant use with end-users or consumers and may also provide information as to the value put on this product. This value is typically measured in terms of revenues and profit in a commercial organization, but in Government it is more frequently associated with the wellbeing of citizens.

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A "Lean IT" system for managing innovation 

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If a “Lean IT” system is to support innovation, a non-compartmentalized “delivery pipeline” must be utilized, with properly leveraged automated processes and collaborative tools. In this pipeline, team members are aware of the common goal and are aided in striving for success by quality checks. These processes and persons work best in a managed virtual environment equipped with significant data analytics tools

 Recommended reading:

    • The People's Tycoon, Henry Ford and the American Century, Steven Watts
    • The Principles of Scientific Management, Fredrick WinsIow TayIor
    • The Toyota Way, Jeffrey Liker
    • Toyota Production System: Beyond Large Scale Production, Taiich i Oh no
    • Agile Software Development with Scrum, Ken Shwaber
    • The Goal, a Process of Ongoing Improvement, Eliyahu, M. Goldratt
    • The Practice of Management, Peter F. Drucker
    • The Four Steps to_Epiphany, Steven Gary Blank
    • The Lean Startup, Eric Ries
    • Kanban, David J. Anderson