Archive for the “Innovation” category

Govcamp is useless

by Stefan Czerniawski on 28 January 2014

It’s the Monday1 after the Govcamp before, the day Dave Briggs once described as the most depressing day of all, as the exhilaration of the event crashes into the realities of working lives. I like Govcamp for a long list (…)

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Public and strategic

by Stefan Czerniawski on 16 July 2013

Most of the time, the hottest place in the solar system is the core of the sun. Some of the time, the hottest place in the solar system is tucked away in an obscure building on an anonymous industrial estate (…)

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The new normal is already old

by Stefan Czerniawski on 8 February 2013

Somehow we used to manage without knowing when the next bus was coming, and somehow life still went on.  In London, that distant past is less than two years ago. All that time ago, bus arrival information was new, exciting (…)

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Aphorism 60

by Stefan Czerniawski on 14 December 2011

You can’t institutionalize innovation. If you could, everyone would do it. Carl Bass, quoted by Brian Bergstein

Two worlds, not quite yet colliding

by Stefan Czerniawski on 9 December 2011

I went to two events yesterday. The first was the launch of the Government Digital Service, or rather a housewarming party for their shiny new offices. In fine agile tradition, they put on a slick show and tell with short (…)

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Aphorism 55

by Stefan Czerniawski on 30 August 2011

Archimedes had taken baths before. Quoted by Alistair Croll

Aphorism 51

by Stefan Czerniawski on 1 June 2011

[Large companies] fear disruption far more than they do destruction. They push the decision to innovate back because things are OK today. George Buckley, chairman and chief executive, 3M

Alpha gorilla

by Stefan Czerniawski on 20 May 2011

Everybody who has had much to do with the development of government web services knows that there have been failures of imagination, failures of bravery, failures of technique and failures to seize opportunities – as well as successes in the (…)

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Alpha conversation

by Stefan Czerniawski on 7 May 2011

This is how conversations work, or rather how one conversation played out on twitter this morning. Tricky subject, no right answer, constructive discussion.* But perhaps most important of all, those issues are being discussed in public for a government proof (…)

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Blurred reading

by Stefan Czerniawski on 28 April 2011

When I was 17, my first proper paid job was in the public library just down the road from the Elephant and Castle. It was the first time I had come across large print books. They had their own section, (…)

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