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How to Deal with the Fear of Innovation

At Intellyx we break down business agility into three core business drivers: responsiveness, resilience, and innovativeness. This perspective on business agility, however, is not universal. In fact, most people separate innovation into its own category.

cliffjumpOn the one hand, leaving innovation out of the business agility equation misses the strategic importance of agility, as resilience and responsiveness are only tactical benefits. Innovativeness, however, means the ability to intentionally introduce change into the business environment in order to achieve strategic advantage.

There is more to this connection between responsiveness and resilience on the one hand and innovation on the other, however, depending upon your point of view. I came to this conclusion during a conversation with a consultant who focuses on providing innovation to her clients. The challenge she faced wasn’t providing innovative products and services for her clients. The challenge was how to get them past their fear of the change that such innovations represented.

Fear of change, of course, is the primary roadblock to business agility in any organization. Many organizations, unfortunately, have no effective means for dealing with such fear. Management consultants speak of developing a “culture of innovation” or some such, but fail to provide an effective means for fostering such a culture. Bloomberg Agile Architecture can help.

Read the entire article at http://www.devx.com/blog/agile/how-to-deal-with-the-fear-of-innovation.html.

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Jason Bloomberg is a leading IT industry analyst, Forbes contributor, keynote speaker, and globally recognized expert on multiple disruptive trends in enterprise technology and digital transformation. He is ranked #5 on Onalytica’s list of top Digital Transformation influencers for 2018 and #15 on Jax’s list of top DevOps influencers for 2017, the only person to appear on both lists.

As founder and president of Agile Digital Transformation analyst firm Intellyx, he advises, writes, and speaks on a diverse set of topics, including digital transformation, artificial intelligence, cloud computing, devops, big data/analytics, cybersecurity, blockchain/bitcoin/cryptocurrency, no-code/low-code platforms and tools, organizational transformation, internet of things, enterprise architecture, SD-WAN/SDX, mainframes, hybrid IT, and legacy transformation, among other topics.

Mr. Bloomberg’s articles in Forbes are often viewed by more than 100,000 readers. During his career, he has published over 1,200 articles (over 200 for Forbes alone), spoken at over 400 conferences and webinars, and he has been quoted in the press and blogosphere over 2,000 times.

Mr. Bloomberg is the author or coauthor of four books: The Agile Architecture Revolution (Wiley, 2013), Service Orient or Be Doomed! How Service Orientation Will Change Your Business (Wiley, 2006), XML and Web Services Unleashed (SAMS Publishing, 2002), and Web Page Scripting Techniques (Hayden Books, 1996). His next book, Agile Digital Transformation, is due within the next year.

At SOA-focused industry analyst firm ZapThink from 2001 to 2013, Mr. Bloomberg created and delivered the Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) course and associated credential, certifying over 1,700 professionals worldwide. He is one of the original Managing Partners of ZapThink LLC, which was acquired by Dovel Technologies in 2011.

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), and several software and web development positions.

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