Very earlier in my career, in my software engineering days, when process and methodologies were waterfall and monumental in nature, the change agent in me was ignited. I then went on to spend numerous years pioneering light weight, iterative processes and methodologies. As process and methodologies matured my focus then shifted to another passion, customer experience. Yet still I get fired up when I come upon a process framework with a fresh approach. They don’t always identify something new, sometimes they simply illustrate what we have come to learn in a very powerful way. Such is the case when I came across this gem developed by the Business Foundation.
Just after soaking this in earlier today, I watched Innovation’s Missing Piece, a recent Ted talk by Kes Sampanthar of Cynergy, creator of Motivational Design. In this video Kes illustrates a very compelling case for the relevance of “thinkubating”, a process framework he designed to isolate ideas and stimulate the genius that happens in our information gaps.
In the spirit of cross-fertilizing these two great finds, incubation should be added as a buffer between each phase. In other words, “debate”, then “incubate”, “decide”, then “incubate”, “execute”, then “incubate”, “gather”, then “incubate”.
I vaguely recall my very clever friend Ron Dimon of Business Foundation, thinking about incorporating incubation into this model after he recently became familiar with Cynergy’s “Thinkubate Process Framework”. Ron, is a merge in the works?
Kudos to both Kes and Ron, brilliant work!