Visual thinking solves your business problems

July 28, 2008
by Jeroen de Miranda

The Back of the Napkin is a great book on Visual Thinking. It is written by Dan Roam.

Watching this video of his presentation at Google, you will learn how to use this method to solve many different business problems.

I highly recomment reading his book if you want to get a real understanding of Visual Thinking!

Authors@Google: Dan Roam

YouTube video

Some highlights of this show:

  • Who can use this: anybody!. Dan classifies people into three catagories:
    – ‘black pens’ (start to draw right away),
    – ‘yellow pens’ (drawing comments on drawings of others),
    – and ‘red pens’ (do not want to draw; but often turn out to have the best ideas. You have to challenge the ‘red pens’ to start drawing).
  • Core idea: reduce complexity of a problem by slicing it into 6 slices: the 6 ways we are seeing:
    – what,
    – where,
    – how much,
    – when,
    – how,
    – why
  • Use the corresponding drawing:
    – what: portrait representing a person or object
    – where: map
    – how much: chart
    – when: timeline
    – how: flowchart
    – why: multi-variable plot
  • Talking while drawing leads to better understanding of a problem
  • Dan gives examples of his work with Microsoft
  • Dan uses a drawing to give an explanation of the strategy behind the Yahoo takeover over by Microsoft

More resources on Visual Thinking:

I have used visual techniques in several workshops that I have facilitated; I now intend to extend my workshop tools by using these ‘Back of the Napkin’ techniques!


The Innovator’s Solution

July 21, 2008
by Jeroen de Miranda

This is perhaps the best book on innovation!


Examples of disruptive IT innovation are (IMO):

I can much better understand these disruptive innovations after having read this book!

From Newspapers Beware: Blogs are A Disruptive Technology – some key factors are:

  • ‘print publishing has overshot the needs of the market’
  • ‘Sure, the new versions aren’t as high quality (fact-checking, writing, spelling, design), but they get the job done’
  • ‘And eventually, the old model will have lost so many customers that it will no longer be able to support itself.’

At the website of the authors Clayton Christensen and Michael Raynor you can find some ready to use ideas and templates to shape new disruptive innovation ideas:

1. A Template for Shaping Disruptive Ideas :

  • Target nonconsumption
  • Leverage the low performance hurdle
  • Make it “foolproof.”
  • Lock in and take over

2. A Game Plan for Would-Be Disruptors : How to Turn the Innovator’s Dilemma into the Innovator’s Solution

More information on innovation at:

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What is Web 2.0?

July 12, 2008

Tim O’Reilly:

…. the internet as Web 2.0 is displacing Microsoft Windows as the dominant software development platform,

…. the competitive edge comes from aggregating the collective intelligence of everyone who uses the platform….. ‘

‘Web 2.0 is a transformative force that’s propelling companies across all industries
towards a new way of doing business characterized by harnessing collective intelligence, ….

from: http://radar.oreilly.com/web2/

Wikipedia’s definition of Web 2.0

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Web 2.0 Expo videos

May 1, 2008

Some great videos of the Web2.0 Expo!

‘Web2Expo: Web 2.0 Expo is a global annual gathering of technical, design, marketing, and business professionals who are building the next generation web.’ (…) Web 2.0 Expo is co-produced by O’Reilly Media and TechWeb.’

Most interesting are:


Marshall Goldsmith FeedForward Tool

March 30, 2008

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‘When you think of giving feedback, start giving feedforward –
focus on the promise of the future rather than the mistakes of the past.

Instead of rehashing a past that cannot be changed (feedback), Marshall Goldsmith and Jon Katzenbach coined “feedforward” to encourage spending time creating a future.’

Marshall Goldsmith is a well recognized coach on management behavior.

You can use his ‘FeedForward Tool’ to improve your communication with people you work with.

More:

A great one hour training video on Feedforward (at Google):

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Forrester Research: ‘Top Enterprise Web 2.0 Predictions For 2008

February 3, 2008

Forrester Research: ‘Top Enterprise Web 2.0 Predictions For 2008

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:’The enterprise Web 2.0 market, which includes (…)
blogs, wikis, and social networking within the enterprise,
was a growing force in enterprise software in 2007.

(…) it will continue to gain importance in 2008
as an increasing number of firms look to enterprise Web 2.0 tools…
… to solve long-standing information worker problems. (…)

Microsoft SharePoint will “steamroll” Web 2.0 market, plus eight more predictions from Forrester:

“IT departments taking a leadership role in enterprise 2.0 deployments will look at SharePoint first,” Young writes. ”

Some of the other predictions of Forrester:

  • ‘Web 2.0 will make it big in the enterprise.
  • RSS feeds will become substantially more popular
  • Businesses will be more willing to buy social networking platforms
  • Midtier vendors, rather than start-ups, will pour into the enterprise Web 2.0 market
  • Trial deployments will spread through more of the enterprise’

More reading:

Web 2.0 overview

Gartner on Web 2.0

What is Wikinomics?


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Social Graph platform wars (Google, Facebook, MySpace)

January 26, 2008

This presentation gives a good overview of the main competing Social platforms, and their partners/ alliances (e.g. Google and LinkedIn):

Click here if you do not see the presentation above.

More reading: