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Tame the Anarchy of Innovation with a Process-Driven Culture

By Ivan Seselj 

Providing Needed Structure

Charles Araujo, principal analyst at Intellyx, expressed a similar sentiment in a recent whitepaper entitled The Innovation Map: How to Create Disruptive Innovation in a Complex Digital World. In it he notes, “It’s not a lack of creativity that stifles innovation, but rather fear, vagueness and ambiguity. When team members are unsure of how things work, they hesitate to take risks or suggest new ideas.”

In fact, organizations actually need to provide a certain level of structure for teams in order to promote and encourage innovation, as counterintuitive as that might sound. After all, how can teams improve the ways they do things if they are unsure what the existing process is, where to find that information, how to suggest improvements and where they should direct their improvement suggestions?

Discipline Creates Clarity

Araujo went on to say, “Many people erroneously associate discipline with rigidity. Focusing on process for the sake of process, they fail to stay focused on the desired outcomes, resulting in rigid, bureaucratic processes. Adopted properly, however, discipline creates consistency and clarity — two key, albeit underrated, enablers of creativity.”

Ideally then, processes should be dynamic, easily accessible and integrated into an employee’s day-to-day activities to make it easier for teams to collaborate around process improvement and constantly innovate.

Read the entire article at http://www.cmswire.com/digital-workplace/tame-the-anarchy-of-innovation-with-a-process-driven-culture/

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Jason Bloomberg is the leading expert on architecting agility for the enterprise. As president of Intellyx, Mr. Bloomberg brings his years of thought leadership in the areas of Cloud Computing, Enterprise Architecture, and Service-Oriented Architecture to a global clientele of business executives, architects, software vendors, and Cloud service providers looking to achieve technology-enabled business agility across their organizations and for their customers. His latest book, The Agile Architecture Revolution (John Wiley & Sons, 2013), sets the stage for Mr. Bloomberg’s groundbreaking Agile Architecture vision.

Mr. Bloomberg is perhaps best known for his twelve years at ZapThink, where he created and delivered the Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) SOA course and associated credential, certifying over 1,700 professionals worldwide. He is one of the original Managing Partners of ZapThink LLC, the leading SOA advisory and analysis firm, which was acquired by Dovel Technologies in 2011. He now runs the successor to the LZA program, the Bloomberg Agile Architecture Course, around the world.

Mr. Bloomberg is a frequent conference speaker and prolific writer. He has published over 500 articles, spoken at over 300 conferences, Webinars, and other events, and has been quoted in the press over 1,400 times as the leading expert on agile approaches to architecture in the enterprise.

Mr. Bloomberg’s previous book, Service Orient or Be Doomed! How Service Orientation Will Change Your Business (John Wiley & Sons, 2006, coauthored with Ron Schmelzer), is recognized as the leading business book on Service Orientation. He also co-authored the books XML and Web Services Unleashed (SAMS Publishing, 2002), and Web Page Scripting Techniques (Hayden Books, 1996).

Prior to ZapThink, Mr. Bloomberg built a diverse background in eBusiness technology management and industry analysis, including serving as a senior analyst in IDC’s eBusiness Advisory group, as well as holding eBusiness management positions at USWeb/CKS (later marchFIRST) and WaveBend Solutions (now Hitachi Consulting).