mercredi, octobre 21, 2009

invention is not innovation

"To turn really interesting ideas and fledgling technologies into a company that can continue to innovate for years, it requires a lot of disciplines." Steve Jobs

There’s often a gap between the invention of something and the point where it becomes an innovation. The computer mouse was invented at Stanford University in 1968, and the Graphical User Interface that takes full advantage of the mouse was invented at Xerox’s PARC labs shortly after that. But neither really became an innovation until they were both included in the Xerox Star PC in 1981. That’s about a 12 year gap between invention and innovation – and gaps like that aren’t unusual.

"Genius is one percent inspiration, and ninety-nine percent perspiration." Thomas Edison

"Think of invention as the laying of an egg, innovation as the laying, incubating and hatching." Gordon Graham

Here are some excerpt that I found interesting from the discussion "invention is not innovation" that I initiated on LinkedIn:
  • Gideon Gimlan wrote: 
    • "Invention" is supply-side centric; and
    • "Innovation" is consumption-side centric.
  • Ken Jacobsen wrote: "Innovation is the packaging of invention"
  • Siddharth Shah wrote: "When does an invention become an innovation:
    1. At concept stage (for sure not)
    2. Design Phase
    3. prototyping/ development Stage
    4. Trial phase
    5. Market introduction stage
    6. Acceptability stage??"
 In you can read:
Invention then Innovation then Diffusion

The idea: science base → basic research → applied research → invention →
prototype → development → commercialization → diffusion → technical
progress → economic growth
(Sometimes the entire process in red is referred to as innovation)

My comment: failed innovation can stop at any step, and as a matter of fact there are often desisions to be taken when going from one step to another.

Some Other "Innovation Quotes"

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