I've been fascinated by Vine over the last month. It's growing at a phenomenal rate, but what is it that's really making Vine sky-rocket at the moment?
On Wednesday night I was talking to someone that works in innovation for local government. I wont go into too much detail about her position or the organisation she works for. She was asking about the way we work at Made by Many and we talked about the cross-over between lean practices in manufacturing, product design, Lean startups, innovation and UX. I was fairly surprised and dissappointed by what I heard.
If you really want to understand the application of Japanese management philosophy beyond its interpretation as Lean Manufacturing, forget about tech startups and take a look at the street food industry in the UK.
Ideas are a critical to the invention, evolution and optimisation of systems of any kind, whether we're talking about organisational change, inventing new products or startups or helping fix problems with older products and systems. In western culture, an abundance of ideas opitomises the creative spirit. But new ideas also come with insidious taxes. Aside from being the building blocks of any thoughtful endeavour, ideas can also be incredibly damaging to productivity and progress.