Heraclitus was wrong about innovation

Democritus laughing and Heraclitus weeping, with a globe

Heraclitus was wrong when he declared that “the only thing that is constant is change“. Change is no longer a constant, because the rate of change has changed. More importantly, change is not a constant because we have renewed our view of change and innovation. 

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Privacy lost can never be regained

Inside one of the prison buildings at Presidio Modelo, Isla de la Juventud, Cuba - no privacy here

Recent events have reminded us that privacy lost cannot be regained. After the hacks of the Democratic party, with the GDPR coming up as one of the biggest challenges in our industry privacy has become a hot topic. The surveillance society keeps gaining momentum. Both little brother and big brother…

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Big bet innovation and other types of innovation

Fail fast innovators tend to meet in cafés, far away from any hint of big bet innovation, right?

Big bet innovation or fail fast innovation — what do you prefer? Innovation is both an outcome and a process. Innovation is a change, but not all change is innovation. It is introducing something new, but it does not have to be “new under the Sun”. It is better than what…

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Digital snow over Stockholm

People walking in a single file due to the snow at Helenelund Station

Yesterday, Stockholm had the heaviest November snowfall since 1905 — over 40 cms in one day. The result was a city in frozen motion. Buses and cars with summer tires got stuck on the roads. They blocked traffic for all the other vehicles including the snow plows. In the news…

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Tech debt and duct tape

Tech debt cannot be fixed with duct tape. Fixing your technical debt with duct tape only makes it worse. I’ve written earlier that tech debt needs to be managed carefully or it will overwhelm you. Below, you will find a video where I and Joakim Lindbom discuss tech debt with Casimir Artmann.
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Black hat innovation

A black keyboard, the favourite tool for black hat innovation

Sometimes, it might seem as if black hat innovation out paces white hat innovation. Whenever there is innovation or invention there is also misuse. As a colleague once put it: “where there is encryption, there is also decryption”.

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Inevitable change

Inevitable change has lead us to where we are now

Change is inevitable, innovation can be avoided. That in summary is what Thomas Cagley responded to part 21 of the innovation series. Gene Hughson followed up with “learning to deal with the inevitable“. We are faced with inevitable change and avoidable innovation, according to Gene and Tom. Punctuated equilibrium Paleontology…

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Credit card fraud and stalled innovation

A set of credit cards and a keyboard. Credit card fraud is just a click away.

Credit card fraud has always fascinated me. I am intrigued by how easy it is for the criminals. I am astonished at how little is being done to stop it. I wonder why proven solutions are not being rolled out. Innovation is too slow in this area. Scroll down if…

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Legacy systems, a definition

Legacy systems come in many forms, here a Data I/O Model 29B

When we want to replace software systems, we often start calling them legacy systems. Sometimes we call legacy after we have made the decision to switch. Sometimes legacy is used as a pejorative to precipitate change. Keep reading for a discussion on a definition of legacy systems.

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Switcher’s curse and legacy decisions

These dolls have been cursed with switcher's curse maybe.

Switcher’s curse is about conservatism in a world of constant change. There are many fallacies and biases which cause us to stick to legacy decisions. Switcher’s curse is a a fallacy that causes us to switch when we should stay. Keep reading about the challenges of legacy and how to…

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