On Idea Platforms – Now What?

There’s a marvelous scene at the end of the movie Finding Nemo. The fishes in the fishtank at P.Sherman’s dental surgery have, for the whole film, been devising a way to escape into Sydney Harbour and to freedom.

In the final scene, and as a result of the tank filter failing, the fish have been removed from the tank and placed into individual plastic bags, part filled with water. Through some clever movie magic (which we don’t see) the fish manage to maneuver themselves out of the window of the dental surgery (still in their bags), across a couple of lanes of traffic and into the harbour (although quite where along the harbour is anyone’s guess!). Free at last! After many ‘yelps’ and ‘yahoo’s’ the group realise their new predicament. Free in the harbour but still captive in their plastic bags. Bloat, the puffer fish, utters the immortal line (which closes the movie),

“now what?”.

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On Product Managing Government 2.0 Initiatives

I recently wrote a guest post for the Brainmates Product Management blog looking at the lessons that we as product managers can draw from what has been happening in the world of Government 2.0.

I highlighted in my last post here that I believe we are now entering the trough of disillusionment for Government 2.0, and the more I have thought about these two subject areas, the more I have come to realise that it is during this phase in the lifecycle of any technology initiative that Product Managers become key. Be they established Product Managers in established companies or Entrepreneurs acting as Product Managers for their Big Idea, the principles taught to us at Product Management school are key to emerging from the trough onto the slope, or crossing Geoffry Moore’s Chasm, or surviving the cynic-generated chaos of this critical technology life stage. Continue reading

On the current state of Government 2.0

Since I’ve just stated a brand new blog I thought it would be good to provide a quick recap on Government 2.0, primarily from an Australian perspective, but also, such is the world we live in, with examples and policy from overseas.

For those who are familiar with all things Government 2.0 there will be little new here, it’s more a composite of information available elsewhere – but hey, isn’t that one of the benefits of Government 2.0? Being able to reconstitute and re-interpret information from a variety of sources to provide a unique perspective? Continue reading