Chapter 17. Leadership in Software Innovation

“If I’d listened to customers, I’d have given them a faster horse.”

—Henry Ford

Making it big in software has always been characterized by innovation. Innovation is the point where science and the art of software meet to create value. The greatest names in software have been defined by their mastery of innovation; some by their creation of a single dramatic technology that changed the world, and many others by their ability to continuously dream up innovations year after year. It’s easy to believe that some people are simply geniuses and that it’s all in the DNA. While most people would agree that genius is a helpful attribute for any aspiring inventor, it’s less about intellectual prowess than it ...

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