Innovation is essential for any organization that wants to get a place in the market. However, coming up with an innovative idea is not easy, and once you have one, there is a high chance that someone else will have that same idea at the same time. I have seen this pattern over and over again in the entrepreneurial world, but this should not be discouraging because success is not only about having an original idea for a business but it is highly dependent on timing and execution. Being the first one to get to market is very important, and being able to do it with a product that satisfy the needs of your customers is essential. And that is why innovation, success and agile management go so well together.
We live in the Age of Data, there is no doubt about it. Wether you wake up in the morning, check your e-mail, turn on your TV, read the newspaper… we are surrounded and influenced by data at all times, specially since the raise of mobile devices, we keep a door open to a universe of data with us all day long. But what most people do not realize, is that they are not only data consumers but also data producers. Every time you browse the internet, your actions are being tracked, every time you buy groceries, your shopping list is being recorded for analysis, every time you listen to a song in i-Tunes, Spotify, etc. the music industry is a step closer to understand their customers. And these are just a few examples, on how companies are being flooded with data every day, data that is crucial to understand their business and their customers and not doing so will result in many missed opportunities