These notes are from BarcampPhilly ’08 that were lost in the depths of my computer’s hard disk and I only just found again. At the event, a few of us from CIM held a round table discussion on innovation, especially developer led innovation in big companies. Here are the points that people mentioned:
- Innovation only comes from free cycles, even the best ideas need time to be thought through
- Leverage something thats existing rather than a brand new idea
- Agile development can actually hurt innovation with too much transparency. Its hard to justify something that you may feel has a long term win
- Technical managers should whet the ideas of their team members
- Innovation comes from bottom almost never from top
- Innovation = Risk
- True story: At AOL, the AOL IM service was declared a risk
- Constraints actually push innovation
- Innovation wont happen without proper incentives/rewards.
- How about cross team innovation. How do designers/developers collaborate to innovate?
So this has only taken almost a year to put up, with BarcampPhilly ’09 coming up soon. Since then there has been a few opportunities within CIM to push bottom-up innovation, including a labweek for all of engineering.