I was invited to speak at an interesting company event in Gent two days ago, where I discussed running experiments with Exploration Days, Business Guilds and more. One employee asked me this interesting question:
How can the non-IT departments participate in Hack Days or Exploration Days? How can they help innovate?
It seems that many people believe innovation is about improving and reinventing the code. Wrong!
What? You mean your management, procurement, sales, HR, finance, and legal departments have no clue how to innovate? They’re all just looking at the developers? They really have no ideas how to convince me to be their customer?? That’s a sign of demise. Run away!
Innovation is not just in your code.
Innovation is in your entire business!
How are you innovating in the rest of your company?