Innovation bundle

I sat in on a fascinating group discussion led by Simon Wardley earlier today. One of the topics was distributed/remote work.

One of the usual concerns about distributed work is that it reduces innovation. It occurs to me, however, that when people discuss innovation, they are talking about a bundle of discrete things.

In that conversation, at least 3 elements of innovation surfaced:

  1. Connection
  2. Knowing the terrain
  3. Serendipity

As I’m fighting my way towards completing a book, one mistake I know very well: assuming the entirety of a bundled problem is as difficult to solve as the single hardest component of that problem.

I wonder if the problem of innovation in a distributed environment works the same way? Maybe un-bundling the problem is part of the solution?

Knowing the terrain (who in the team knows what) might be easier to solve than serendipity.


Last Friday, I gave a livestreamed talk that was beset with technical problems sourcing from the weather in Texas and my still-developing mastery of livestreaming.

The topic was an overview of small-scale business research. The local recording is pristine, and you can catch that version here (I’m really not incentivizing folks to attend the live version, am I? :->):

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