How to create IT innovation

/How to create IT innovation

How to create IT innovation

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This research article provides interesting insight into the thinking and beliefs around defining and driving IT innovation.  Most organizations want to drive innovation, however, it seems that there isn’t agreement on the best way to do this.  In fact, the survey shows that people don’t agree on a definition for innovation, which makes it very difficult to define an approach.

What I found most interesting is that even without agreement on the what and how, the research pointed to four specific principles for IT innovation;  ROI-backed innovation is sustainable, Collaboration cultures become innovation cultures, Trust is the currency of dynamic IT organizations and Innovation is change.  These principles are relevant, not just for IT, but for any organization trying to develop a culture of innovation.

In my experience I have witnessed companies focusing on the wrong things when trying to achieve a culture of innovation; the “suggestion box” that is ignored or brainstorming sessions with no follow-up or actions.   If leaders truly desire innovation they need to be the change agents and develop a culture of trust, transparency and flexibility.

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About the Author:

Samantha Leach
Samantha Leach is a senior change consultant with Expressworks International LLC. She brings over 20 years of experience in building and leading international high-tech programs through mission-critical stages. Samantha is passionate about balancing people, process and technology in order to ensure a successful program. Samantha started her career working for the National Science Foundation followed by several years leading large-scale technology projects at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. Since then she has focused on leading global technology programs with a focus on information technology and corporate security. In addition to her work in technology and process efficiency, Samantha has spent a significant amount of time architecting behavioral elements into these programs ensuring a balanced approach and successful adoption. Samantha obtained a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from The George Washington University and an M.B.A. degree from the University of San Francisco. Always adding to her toolkit Samantha also has certificates in Six Sigma, Lean Sigma, Agile and Gamification.

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