IVIS-37; KISS-able Innovation, today’s Pandora example

Next Step: Innovation sometimes may seem daunting but the key is to focus on the “adjacent possible,” and to make the innovation KISS-able. Mentioned many times previously in this blog, adjacent possible is best described by author Steven Johnson as:

“…a kind of shadow future, hovering on the edges of the present state of things, a map of all the ways in which the present can reinvent itself.”

Simply stated, Keep It Simple S*****-able.

A great example came my way today via a Pandora (music streaming service) email ad; a big production about a minor improvement.  I’m not sure how technically complicated it was to get this accomplished, but as a Pandora user, this enhancement (radio alarm clock app) is “easy on the consumption.”  Basically, it’s easy for a consumer to understand what it is, what its benefits are and how to use it.

Being KISS-able in innovation requires a focus on the  adjacent possible for both supply and demand.  These parallel concepts don’t only apply to the development of a new product or service;  the new product or service must be KISS-able for potential users too.

To view the Pandora approach, visit Wake Up with Pandora.

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