Matt Rogers, co-founder and vice president of engineering at Nest, recalls how working on projects at Apple from beginning to end put him in a position to lead teams. He also talks about how a great career can be built by taking on projects that others think are unworthy.
This question has baffled many executives for quite some time. Management tries to replicate the special event or circumstances that created a successful innovation project but often fails. Companies have created positions such as Chief Innovation officer, innovation teams, and organizational strategies that promote innovation through diversity, team dynamics, and social networking. However, failure rates of 90% are common when innovations occur due purely to chance. What distinguishes whether an innovation is hit or miss?