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(February 2009) The Myths of Innovation with Scott Berkun

Posted: February 11th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Events | No Comments »

Wednesday February 25, 2009
5:00 to 5:30 pm: refreshments and networking
5:30 to 7:00 pm: Scott’s presentation
Research in Motion
RIM Theatre #4
Corner of Columbia and Phillip Streets in Waterloo
[View the RIM 4 entrance on Google Maps]

We’re shifting this month’s meeting to a different date to accommodate a special guest. Our thanks to Scott Berkun for adjusting his travel plans to pay us this visit. Thanks too to Communitech and Infusion Angels for covering the cost of this event, and to RIM for their generous donation of the RIM 4 Theatre due to a scheduling conflict at the Accelerator Centre.

You won’t want to miss this! Hope to see you there.

Event description

Much of what we know about innovation is wrong. Scott Berkun takes us through the history of innovation, dispelling the mythologies we’ve constructed about how we got here. This talk will help you to recognize the myths, understand their popularity, and how to use the truth of innovations past to help you in your work today.

About Scott Berkun

Scott is an author and public speaker for hire. He worked as a manager at Microsoft from 1994-2003, on projects including (v1-5 of) Internet Explorer, Windows and MSN. His work as a writer and public speaker has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Wired magazine and on National Public Radio. He has taught at the University of Washington, blogs for Harvard Business, and has appeared as an innovation expert on CNBC and MSNBC.

He is the author of two bestselling books, Making Things Happen (formerly titled The Art of Project Management) and The Myths of Innovation, a book about the true lessons we can learn from the masters on creativity and managing innovation. He’s an excellent speaker for hire, and frequently performs interactive talks, workshops, and courses for organizations, conferences and the occasional living room couch.

Scott grew up in Queens NYC, studied design, philosophy and computer science at Carnegie Mellon University, graduating with a B.S. in Logic and Computation (’94). He currently lives somewhere deep in the woods outside of Seattle, Washington.

RSVPs required

If you’re planning to join us, please send an RSVP to Wanda Eby at Communitech.


Find out what you missed at last month's Product Potluck

Posted: February 10th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Events | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

Qixing Zheng has just posted a summary of last month’s Product Potluck over on the UX Connection Blog. Gordon Varney penned the summary and photos were provided by the people whose products were mentioned. Thanks, everyone! Here are a few snippets from the summary:

Books have been around for so many years that the kinks have universally been worked out. Attempts to “improve” the classic norms are generally disastrous: we expect page numbers to be on the outside edge, for example…

These frames are made from spring steel and are incredibly flexible and apparently virtually indestructible. They have no hinge per se and can be easily twisted apart and restored (with a practiced flick of the wrist.)…

The design’s affordances communicated well what you should do to fasten or unfasten it. That wasn’t the issue. The issue was that the clasp itself is very small…

Talk then moved on to a sushi knife, side tracked to Apple and Steve Jobs, and somehow ended up with a demonstration of the latest RIM Blackberry…