Developing on the Bleeding Edge

Developing with bleeding-edge technologies is tempting, but is it worth it? Using the latest languages and frameworks is a scary and exhilarating place to be. Changes happen quickly, new patterns emerge and evolve in a handful of hours. Of course, avoiding the bleeding edge is also scary, if you think about it; who wants to […]

Are Some Personalities More Innovative?

If you are not sensitive to the different personality types in your company or team, you are probably missing out on significant innovation and growth opportunities. We think personality is very important, so the majority of Atomic employees have taken taken DISC assessments facilitated by Darrell Crawford from The Vantage Group. The DISC assessment maps […]

An Operations Mindset Is at Odds with Innovation

Atomic Object has helped many companies design and implement new software products. I’ve noticed different environments at companies that are primed for innovation and companies that are not. Operational Mindset Roger Martin’s knowledge funnel concept describes how business practices become more algorithmic as organizations scale and strive for efficiency. As companies scale, their technology departments […]

Organizational Departments Aren’t Aligned with Innovation

Dedicated, poly-skilled project teams are more effective at delivering innovation projects than well-honed, departmentally-distributed, operationally-focused teams. The choice of using an internal vs. external team is often considered when planning how to take on a significant innovation project. Internal expertise and capacity are two common factors used to assess the viability of the internal team. […]

Diversity – A Powerful Force for Innovation

Steve Denning, author of The Leader’s Guide to Radical Management: Reinventing the Workplace for the 21st Century has published a succinct overview of  Scott Page’s book The Difference: How the Power of Diversity Creates Better Groups, Firms, Schools, and Societies in Forbes this week. I found Denning’s review of Page’s perspectives on the potential for diversity fascinating. This […]