Saturday, April 26, 2008

Innovation

John Seely Brown presents a nice framework for thinking about innovation:

  • Incremental innovation, that is "cheaper, thinner, faster and, of course, more features."
  • Architectural innovations, which involve "a restructuring of the very building blocks of a product family, industry, or infrastructure." Think Skype or Cloud Computing, which offers a new way of doing something we're already doing.
  • Disruptive innovations, which are innovations that "cause us to see and interact with the world differently." Examples include Memex, automobiles, and Sketchpad.

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