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Managing Knowledge for Innovation Gain

Michael O’Duffy unleashed some of his animal passion for innovation at the Irish Computer Society last Friday with ducks, elephants and squirrels all thrown in to the mix. Timed to coincide with the Innovation Dublin festival, O’Duffy’s (@mnod) talk was on what we know, who knows what, and what we can do with it. His…

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“I Wouldn’t Start From Here” — The Innovator’s Angle

The uncreative mind can spot wrong answers, but it takes a very creative mind to spot wrong questions. — Anthony Jay Spotting the right questions can involve some mental acrobatics for innovators, according to Michael O’Duffy. Citing James Dyson’s approach to innovation, O’Duffy, CEO of the Centre for Software Engineering at DCU, told the Irish…

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Using IT to Boost Value & Innovation

There is the old joke that asks: What is the great thing about standards? There are plenty to choose from. With IT frameworks like COBIT, ITIL, CMMI and SPICE around, it may seem that adding another another brings them perilously close to the territory of a standard. But with Fortune 500 companies and academics at…

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The Danger of Skunks Works

Relying on a skunks works to for innovative break through is like putting all your eggs in one basket, according to Adam Richardson on the Harvard Business Review blog. He cites the example of Motorola whose research group developed the break-through Razr phone but failed to follow up with similar successes. Richardson said, A small…

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Another View on Intellectual Property

There is no point trying to patent software, according to multiple speakers at the Dublin Web Summit. Your idea will be copied anyway, said Eamonn Fallon, co-founder of Daft.ie. Talking about your idea forces you to keep working on it, said Jan Reichelt, founder of Mendeley, a productivity tool for academic researchers. Insisting on a…

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A Peril Of Innovation; Guard Your Babies

Irish companies are losing out “hugely” because they fail to properly protect their innovations, according to Michael O’Duffy, CEO of the Centre for Software Engineering at DCU. It was a stark warning that all your valuable work could be taken from under your nose if you fail to look after it. His comment came at…

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It’s Official: Ireland’s Innovative

Or, at least, we have “strong innovation tendencies,” according to a press release from the Irish Industrial Development Authority (IDA).The IDA and the Irish Management Institute (IMI) commissioned a report Innovation & The Irish Manager that focused on “the intra-psychic world of Irish entrepreneurs.” They used a “battery of psychological and cultural tests,” and found…

Innovate by Design — Not by Accident

Continuing their series of talks at the Irish Computer Society (ICS), Michael O’Duffy of DCU’s Centre for Software Engineering and David Trevitt of Business Knowledge Innovation advised on how to exploit innovation. Their talk was the third in a series on the subject. O’Duffy cited research that design is the core to market differentiation. Most…

Innovation Howto

I attended the seminar Do Many Hands Make Innovation Work? around two weeks at the Irish Computer Society (ICS) and meant to write up some notes before the next event (Capturing The Spark of Creativity) this Friday, April 30th. I am only getting around to it now, of course. The seminar was given by Michael…