crowdsourcing

Crowdsourcing Changes How We Work

 

Lately it seems crowdsourcing has caught fire. Even though the concept is not new, it’s picking up steam in the press and businesses are taking notice. While crowdsourcing can be an important tool for businesses in need of labor, it is also likely to become a bigger source of income for working people. In light of today’s economic climate, it’s relatively easy to see crowdsourcing as the full-time “job” of the future. Instead of working for a company, people will register with various crowdsourcing platforms, share their skill sets, and in return for money, pick projects and tasks that they find appealing. A clear win-win for both the enterprise and the individual.

But for businesses there can be other rewards. Engaging the crowd to assist with product development and other tasks can create an unexpected side benefit - the people who work on the project often become the organization’s most loyal advocates and its most valuable consumers. A recent article written by Bill Johnson, Dell’s Director of Global Community sums it up nicely:

Creating the Agile Business

 

Change happens. Do you want to spend your life’s resources resisting change, or leverage it to produce at a higher level?

If you’re ready to accept the inevitable, consider applying the philosophy behind agile software development - where change is welcomed, planning adapts, product is evolutionary, and quick deadlines drive progress - to your business.

Fear of change is the enemy of innovation. Arthur Schopenhauer, a German philosopher who lived from 1788 to 1860 once said that “All truth passes through three stages. First it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.” While he was referring to big questions of the day, like whether the earth was flat or round, his observation continues, 200+ years later, to describe innovation in the vast majority of enterprises.

But for every company that insists on being the last buggy whip manufacturer, there are those who “pivot” and go on to greatness. Did you know that YouTube started as a video dating site, or that PayPal started as a way for people to beam IOU’s between their Palm Pilots? Pivot is the hot buzzword right now, but it’s really all about seeing the opportunities in front of you and responding to change. Agile management can help you connect the dots.

 

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