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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
TOP 100 REVIEWERon February 18, 2012
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I came to know of Phil through his book signing at Computer History Museum. The book reinforces one's idea that one should ask killer questions to innovate. His questioning nature and putting them in the book has lot of useful information. I wish the book had more diagrams for showing processes. It is a welcome sign that people write book on their experiences. HP became a problem due to its management at the top. Like a previous reviewer, one cannot blame technologists for the blame. HP still has lot of core innovations and it gets blind sighted due to the enormous competition. They should do that extra 1% to come to mainstream (bring those touch computers back including Palm based hardware. WebOS was on right track before they killed it). Maybe refocus and have a lean organization.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 26, 2012
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This is a must-read for CTO's as well as anyone that not only wants a fast method for drilling down to the most critical areas for innovation but also practical advice on how to "sell" the innovation to upper management. Legions of innovative ideas are consumed by corporate antibodies. Phil deals with this issue up front and gives sound advice, and a process, to make sure your innovations see the light of day. My copy is completely marked-up and dog-eared for on-going reference.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon July 19, 2013
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After reading many reviews and seeing how highly rated this book was I eagerly bought it and read it.. I have to admit, it is no where close to a 5 star business book. I think the overall premise of the book, innovate and question everything, is solid but 230 pages later it lacked structure and usefulness. I'm sure the purpose of the book was to assist one to be more innovative but the actionable steps and examples were hard to understand and draw conclusions. In summary, don't let the many 5 star reviews sway you to buy this book like I did.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on February 15, 2012
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As a Silicon Valley executive at one of the largest ad agencies, I've become an avid reader of business books in general. This is one of those rare books that will sit as a handbook right next to me. This book gives you a sense as to how anyone can innovate with the right methodology and process. Phil shares his life and path through his extremely successful career, giving insights into what it's like to be a true innovator while making it user-friendly and pragmatic for anyone to accomplish innovation! It's very much worth the read! Phil captured the innovation process through his "Killer Questions" which he shares in this book. More importantly, it challenges everyone with practical applications on how to innovate in their life and career.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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You can be as creative as Pablo Picasso or as innovative as Steve Jobs - or close - no matter who you are. Just follow the practical new-ideas system developed by "Innovation Guru" Phil McKinney, formerly a chief technology officer at Hewlett-Packard. His step-by-step innovation guidelines help you out-innovate your competitors, and develop new products and services. getAbstract finds his methods helpful for those competing in today's "creative economy," where great ideas are the hottest currency.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on February 15, 2012
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I find Beyond the Obvious to be an interesting in-depth look at Innovation within large corporations. As someone who has experienced a SIGNIFICANT amount of corporate chaos, McKinney's anecdotes and recommendations throughout the book have given me a lot more perspective on how things can go sideways if done improperly and how companies can stagnate if they don't embrace change in smart ways. It's a lot to think about.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 11, 2013
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For those who have followed Phil McKinney's podcasts on killer innovation, this book is a good summary of his approach. He breaks things down into the "killer questions" that you should ask. So this is a useful addition to your portfolio of techniques. And McKinney gives some particular examples from his time as CTO. However, as usual for a business book (1) this info here is useful but not everything you need, and (2) the key information can be distilled down to a few pages of good questions.
But would recommend this book as it has some good insight that can complement other techniques.
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I am a fellow high tech innovation explorer having spent 15 years at Xerox PARC including managing the Xerox Express Team which experimented with customer co-innovation using cutting edge technologies. I have worked twelve years at HP Labs and in the last few years worked with Phil McKinney's group in HP's Personal Systems Group. The project that I am pursuing today was sponsored by Phil and benefits from his experiences as we tried to coax Immersive 3D out of the lab and into the market while fighting the HP antibodies. (You can do an on-line search using my name and 3D to learn more.)

As a fellow explorer, I greatly value this book and am doing a second reading of selected portions right now. This is NOT a cookbook, nor does it serve as Pixie dust that can magically transform an organization into an innovation engine. However, for those who are exploring new areas, especially with or in corporations, this can be invaluable both from the experiences he relates and also the method for looking at the opportunities and issues that are bound to be unique for each organization. This is not a map, this a log of way signs, lists of techniques that have worked, and some frameworks for trying to coax innovation's fire. It should be read by managers and technical experts alike.

Corporate Antibodies are very real, but as the book points out, actually part of a healthy response to protect the company. I have seen all four types that are enumerated and the book gives great advice on how to get your head around these responses. I feel that that chapter alone should be mandatory reading for every researcher and engineer who is involved in innovation.

The book uses a series of Killer Questions to help you figure out how to stoke the fire of innovation. I advise that you should review all of your ideas against these questions on an on-going basis to validate your concepts and to free your mind to allow you to move your idea into new areas which might be both of higher value and even easier. This list of questions is not exhaustive and he shows how you can amend them to fit your situation. In the later chapter, he walks you through how Kroger modified the system to meet their needs. This is the type of examples that push this book to the next level.
If the ideas feel strange at first, then go through this book a couple of times in parts. As Phil points out, businesses are not comfortable with change and actually shun change in favor of predictable and safe. Innovation is considered unpredictable and risky. It is hard for us to see beyond how we do business today with today's customers. At HP, we often find that we restrict our meetings to specific customer departments and need to reevaluate with whom to have a New Product discussion. The book shows you how a successful explorer finds the stepping stones and plans how to traverse the dangerous territory of innovation. A successful trip can not be fully planned in advance, the journey is dynamic and you need to adjust to attain the goal.

Don't just read the book, study it and re-read parts as you do your project. Your situation will be different, don't assume you can word for word apply it, adapt it.
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on October 25, 2012
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The last quarter of the book is about how to use the Killer Questions effectively and in a group innovation workshop type setting. McKinney lays out practical and actionable advice for taking the brainstorming questions beyond the result of a list and a mess.

I enjoyed reading the rest of the book, too, and will be keeping it on my shelf as a "questions to ask" reference for many years to come, but it was that last part that really made the book a shining star for me.
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on February 20, 2013
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I have been a facilitator and consultant for 20 years. My work centers around customers needing help innovating and collaborating. Phil's book provided me with a significant piece for making my sessions with the greatest ROI for the customer. His chapter on operating an innovation session helped me shore up components of delivery that had slipped away a little over the years. Obviously his extensive experience "in the trenches" adds to the credibility of the book.
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