So much of what we do at work is re-inventing the wheel.
Think about it: how often do you really face an obstacle that no one’s faced before? How often do you really have an outcome to produce that no one’s ever delivered, anywhere?
How many people, for example, have successfully removed impediments for ‘agile teams that feel resigned and say rigid processes are stopping them from increasing their velocity?” in a ~3,000 person financial services organization? In London? Working remotely?
I’m fairly sure someone has just done it, and someone else solved this problem 6 months ago. Dozens more people have partially applicable ideas and solutions that you could adapt. There’s 7 billion people on earth now. It would be crazier if some one hadn’t.
The problem is not that solutions are rare — it’s finding them. How would you ever find their creators and tap their brains for ideas?
Searching for that needle...
Maybe they posted their situation/solution on a blog, or on LinkedIn. Maybe the presented it at a Meetup or conference or shared it on a community Slack group.
Good luck finding it if it’s more than 10 days old. It’s buried in the content tsunami — you’d be looking for a needle in a haystack the size of the moon.
Acquiring expertise before it’s way too late...
Well, maybe you should head to the experts — read books, find a toolkit, explore frameworks, hire consultants who knows more than you. The problem here is time, money, and context. It takes time to wade through books and find the gold nuggets of actionable ideas, it takes a fair amount of money to hire someone to help you, and most of the ideas you’ll find will not be optimize for your context, variables, situation.
A peer-to-peer platform that helps ideas get found by the right people at the right time.
We want to help useful ideas live long, prosper and spark even more new ideas. We want to make the innovations, iterations and adaptations created at work visible.
In order to help ideas get found, we had to build a complete agile improvement cycle: find out what people did with the ideas, identify what value was created…and then empower them to share their learnings. We’re also making it fun.
Over time, the community will provide the context — where the ideas were successful, how they were used - and we’ll be able to pull up the best ideas from today, last month and last year. Ideas will live longer, people will find what they need faster.
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