Open Thread: Presenting at Code Freeze 2008

code_freeze_08_logo.jpgI'm presenting at Code Freeze 2008 in January. The title of my presentation is Innovation in Product Development.

Everyone wants to have the next hot product. We are constantly "pushing the envelope" and "thinking out of the box". We have the aspiration, but in many cases it doesn't happen. In this discussion we will review key aspects to fostering innovation in a development team, creating room to play and ultimately making great products.

I've got some ideas for my presentation and a theme I'm thinking of winding it through. However, I'm curious if you all have anything to say on this topic. What do you think drives innovation in product development? What are the key contributing factors that you see?

Let me know what you think.