Ah, MVPs, or Minimum Viable Products. I haven’t seen many projects without them in the last few years. Yet still, I haven’t seen project success rates going up significantly either, despite what MVPs promise: building the smallest thing that will bring success. What are we doing wrong? What can we improve?
… who’s the rightest of them all?
The insight that we do not know everything, and that we should validate our ideas with customers, is taking root in most organisations. A customer survey is often the go to tool to do so. But there’s a catch.
The coronavirus is all over the news, and we all feel it’s impact. For many of us, working remotely has become the new normal in just a few days time.
And so we’ve been bombarded with tips and tricks on how to make this work, and tools to help us make the transition. A small selection:
In order to answer this question, we would first need to define when an idea is innovative.
- Is a small product update, like a new feature, already an innovation?
- Is using a new technology under the hood of your service an innovation?
- Is offering an existing product or service under a different business model an innovation?
Opinions will probably differ. I doubt this is the most important discussion to answer the question, though.
A personal definition of innovation that I regularly use is this:
Innovation is doing new things in a context of uncertainty.
By this definition, the process of innovation follows an uncertain path. You cannot know up front whether or not you will be successful.
Whenever I speak at a conference or other event, I ask the audience who is “innovating”. All hands always go up. But what is “innovation”, apart from a hype and a buzz word?
Let me draw from a few definitions I quite like.