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I am studying Managing Innovation at the moment. In one reading I found the following two paragraphs. For me, they highlighted the advantage of using the O'Wiki to encourage people to experiment. I see it as a complement to the official release process of TWiki; O'Wiki can be the place to encourage and capture innovation, TWiki where it gets released.

Excerpt from The Knowing Doing Gap By Pferrer and Sutton

Action Counts more than Elegant Plans and Concepts

A number of years ago, Tom Peters and Robert Waterman talked about the virtues of a "ready, fire, aim" approach to running organizations. This principle of acting even if you haven't had the time to plan has two advantages. First, it creates opportunities for learning by doing. Without taking some action, without being in the actual setting and confronting the actual "part," learning is more difficult and less efficient because it is not grounded in real experience. Second, the idea of "firing" and then "aiming" or doing and then planning helps to establish a cultural tone that action is valued and that talk and analysis without action are unacceptable.

In a world where sounding smart has too often come to substitute for doing something smart, there is a tendency to let planning, decision making, meetings and talk come to be a substitute for implementationůManagers come to believe that just because a decision has been made and there was discussion and analysis, something will happen. As we have seen, that is often not the case."

There is no doing without mistakes. What is the company's response?

Actions, even those that are well planned, inevitably entail the risk of being wrong. If a company fails to provide "soft landings" for failures, people will so fear risk that they will become paralyzed. That is why firms that are better able to turn knowledge into action drive out fear. They don't go on missions to find who has erred, but rather attempt to build cultures in which even the concept of failure is not particularly relevant.


-- MartinCleaver - 05 Feb 2004

Interesting reading, thanks for sharing.

TWiki.org's Codev web has been always been an environment where ideas sprout, bubble up and evolve into spec and implementation. That is probably the main reason why TWiki is on the leading edge.

The important thing is to foster an environment where knowledge can be created by the community in a free manner. Which can also be extended to the level of the individual; something new will be born if only one has the courage to let go and respond.

-- PeterThoeny - 06 Feb 2004

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