On cultural innovation at #eyif for the DIP

Let's have a look at the YIM program. Young innovator mobility. Frankly, we are again exposed to a lot of processes but no fast quick and easy way to get ideas see the light of day. I think that working backwards from the end in mind and get support along the way is vastly superior to any convoluted process. I am big on process but process doesn't help innovation. Trust supports innovation. Unless this is given priority, we are doomed. Not to say deep in trouble and heading down the drain. That's why BigCo do buy startups. Because process killed the innovative spirit. So simple it's almost laughable. Most of the talk is also about them and not us the innovators. Innovators aren't your standard nice and well mannered bunch. So you need to address them their way. I am innovative and All this really gets on my nerves sometimes. Transforming ideas into actions. Yeah. I would love it!

The DIP

The Digital Innovation Platform We need to change the mindset towards innovation: make it cool, make it accessible. Enable open social networks about that. But talk is cheap. Let's get real. With real products. Think-Do-change Think=share resources Do=talk about it-pitch ideas So that peers can give feedback and make the idea grow. Change=build Through closed workspaces. On the web. Get in touch with mentors. And with ... Money! Good but today, this is not live yet. (and from what I saw just a Ning.com community) The community is wired with twitter, fb, and linked in. The next European innovation 2.0 tool. There is a need for a lot of feedback.

The innovation dream in Europe #eyif

The innovation dream in Europe: being able to achieve things that have not been done anywhere else in the world. Potential for quantum computing is going to change computing. I would say spintronics but who am I hey! Over qualified people not finding a job up to their talent. Root of the issue? Europe is currently losing ground against competition. There is an emergency here. Innovation affects all of us. To address this: First innovation is not research. Entrepreneurship is not innovation. Innovation is connected to both but is on it's own. Shared risk. Since putting more money down the tubes isn't going to help. Society that supports individuals wanting to take risks. But how? By improving access to innovation. Today: to fuzzy. By providing facilities By enhancing our participation. By removing barriers. We aren't there yet!!,! Think - Do - Change loop. The eyif process looks like a funnel. From idea to help to reality. So, the digital innovation platform is there to help.

Why I am bugging people around with requirements

Albert Einstein summed it up really well: "The formulation of a problem is often more essential than its solution, which may be merely a matter of mathematical or experimental skill." Transpose this to information systems. You can get coders, you can get sysadmins. But what you really, really, badly need is people who can frame problems and scope them properly to avoid being sunk under the scope creep and scope seep. Also, you want people who can raise issues and seek resolution and not "yes men" that will code whatever they are asked to. We don't need gears, we need the ghost in the machine. That's also why I do love that old IBM mantra: "Think!"

Philippe Back Interviews Bernd Lohmeyer on User Centered Approaches and Usability

I had the good fortune to interview Bernd Lohmeyer. Bernd is big on usability and specifiying winning solutions that customers love to use. For the record, he was somewhat running the show when it comes to the StarOffice productivity suite. He was program manager.   Listen to the podcast episode:  

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QSOS, a FOSS qualification method

As you know, I am using a lot of Open Source software. Be it Tiki Wiki CMS Groupware, Mantis, ProjectPier, Ubuntu, Squeak, Tcl, Perl, LAMP, WordPress, OpenX, R, Octace, Maxima, Gimp, Scribus, Inkscape, OpenOffice.... there are lots of areas where Open Source provides tremendous leverage and ability to customize that is unmatched by commercial offerings once you've been through the learning curve and strategic decision. (Check my Oloh badge in the sidebar for more). I've nothing against commercial software. On the contrary, some is really superb and beats the pants of FOSS (in this area, I do use Explorer2, Nusphere PHPEd, GotoMeeting, GotoMyPC, FinalCut Express on Mac, Diskeeper, Sparx Enterprise Architect to name a few). I may run above EUR 10K of proprietary software licences on my laptop - All dutifully paid for). But FOSS quality varies. And now, there is QSOS.
QSOS is a method, designed to qualify, select and compare free and open source software in an objective, traceable and argued way. It publicly available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License.
  Here is an overview:   The assessment goes on like this:

  The funny bit is that Atos Origin is involved in this. Atos Origin being one of my customers makes this even more interesting. The world is a small place! Too bad, Tiki Wiki CMS Groupware isn't listed. Well, soon enough it will be!