hibernation mode

Posted by maz on June 29th, 2012

Due to a partly changed focus moving to innovations in web based business software solutions and due to a lack of time this blog is in hibernation, at least for the time being.

If you’re interessted in my activities you may like to follow:

So long,



solution to prevent cyber wars

Posted by maz on October 9th, 2011

It sounds like SciFi but it’s reality in 2011: “Computer Virus Hits U.S. Drone Fleet

At the same time nearly every day new messages about hacked databases and published personal data reach us – you all know the group called Anonymous.


So hackers can break into (air) traffic control systems, the NASA network, intelligence corps, health insurance and police databases as well as army systems and air force drones. Is hoping that the ideas, that inevitably come up in our minds won’t turn into reality, the only thing we can do? Well, we can try to secure and encrypt all our data but history taught us that mostly hackers are by far faster than data security experts.

The solution (at least if you have a disposedness to black humor): We all can hope that hackers are peaceloving idealists with a vow of poverty.


The W’s of Innovation

Posted by maz on June 7th, 2011

Jeffrey Phillips wrote at Blogging Innovation an article about “The W’s of Innovation”. Here they are:


credit: Dept. of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin

  • What: What are we trying to accomplish with the innovation effort? What are the goals and measures we’ll use? What risks are we willing to face? What sacred cows should we avoid?
  • Why: Why are are innovating? Why not keep doing what we are doing? Why does an innovation effort make sense? Why innovate around this particular issue or opportunity?
  • When: When do you want results? When can we have the people and budgets we need? When can we get started?
  • Where: Where should we focus our efforts? Where in the future is our target? Where are the prospects and customers we should consider?
  • Who: Who is the financial sponsor? Who will adopt or commercialize the ideas? Who is the ultimate customer of our ideas? Who is the final arbiter in case of disagreements? Who will staff this project?
  • How: How should we work? How will the existing tools and techniques be helpful? How can we use new techniques? How do we deploy innovation in our business?

As often the striking things are good guidelines not just because they are easier to remember. I would really recommend to answer these questions when seriously thinking about realizing an innovation idea.


when innovation ideas come back to earth

Posted by maz on May 23rd, 2011

One time when an innovation idea results into a business model common project management skills are in demand. According to a study of PM Solutions 37 % of IT projects fail.

Among the main barriers the following three things are mentioned:

  1. Requirements: Unclear, lack of agreement, lack of priority, contradictory, ambiguous, imprecise.
  2. Resources: Lack of resources, resource conflicts, turnover of key resources, poor planning.
  3. Schedules: Too tight, unrealistic, overly optimistic.

Reading this you may say: “That’s not a mystery. You can learn this in a basic project management training.” But still these problems are part of daily business. I also experience this regularly.

As so often the solution sounds quite easy but the implementation seams to be pretty hard … that’s in fact the same thing with innovation barriers.


3 drivers for incremental innovation

Posted by maz on May 17th, 2011

Jamie Flinchbaugh writes in a post on Blogging Innovation: Being innovative is not a behavior. It’s not something on your to-do list between picking up dry cleaning and writing performance reviews. You can’t declare Monday to be Innovation Day and expect that result. Innovation is the by-product of plans, processes, people, behaviors, and skills.

Based on that he points out three main drivers (she calls them “fundamental lean behaviors” what I wouldn’t do because they are imho no “behaviors”) for innovation:

  • customer focus
  • problem solving
  • learning

Jamie also says in advance that this will not necessarily end up in world-changing innovations but I 100% agree that this is a great fundament for at least incremental product and service development.