RE: Managing Innovation
> Can an innovative environment produce a trusted computing system? I am intrigued by the original question for this thread. As I started to read the cited article, I was reminded of an aphorism that has been with me lo these many years: "It took creativity to get the first airplane off the ground and it takes engineering to keep any airplane in the air." (Unfortunately, I do not have an attribution for this. I'd appreciate any substantive leads on finding one, though.) Midway through the article I was a bit peeved and my response to the question was: If by "innovative environment" you mean an environment in which creativity and improvisation reign, then I say the answer is "no". If you mean one in which engineering and all the latest technology are king, then I again say, "no". If however you mean an environment in which thinking, feeling human beings somehow manage to find an effective balance between these two, then I say the answer is a resounding "yes". By the end of the article, I decided that I was in violent agreement with the author. Instead of "creativity" he uses the term "artful making" and instead of "engineering" he uses the term "industrial making": "It's important to recognize that artful and industrial making are not mutually exclusive. Artful making doesn't replace industrial making. Artful making should not be applied everywhere, nor should industrial making. They complement each other and often can be used in combination. Complementary doesn't mean interchangeable, though. As opportunities for artful making multiply with the expansion of the knowledge work sector of business, managers and other workers must be careful not to attempt to solve artistic problems with industrial methods, and vice versa." I still prefer the aphorism as a way of expressing this, though. :) > In short, the market demands innovation AND security. Can we > 'do the simplest thing that will possibly work' and still produce > a secure system. I am puzzled by this. To me, the definition of something that will "work" is something that fulfills all the necessary requirements. So, if the "simplest thing that will possibly work" fulfills all the necessary requirements of a secure system, then the answer must of course be "yes". Am I missing something? Cheers, Barton Stanley
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