I am looking for a few ideas on how to
change a highly conventional work
culture to be more innovated in their
approached to problem solving.
I'm all for innovation, but it is not clear why it is being pursued here.
Do they need to change? Are they sufficiently effective at what they do, for the problems they are paid to solve, in their conventional ways? What are the clear short-term and long-term benefits of changing the current modus operandi?
Don't attempt to change a work culture unless there are:
- Clear, objective observations on
things that are currently
detrimental and need to change, and
- There is a clear ROI in the
Change for the sake of change is not worth pursuing, and innovative does not necessarily translate into increased efficiency. There should be a clear problem statement that is worth solving. Unfortunately, I do not see that clearly stated in the question.
A development group is first and foremost a problem solving machine that does not to run as its most efficiency. It simply needs to run optimally and predictably. Predictability is the most important quality because such a group must manage risk and uncertainty. Methodical management of risk and uncertainty are at the core of efficiency.
Furthermore, a development group is, whether we like it or not, a social group. There are social dynamics within the group and between the group and other groups in the organization. Innovation is counterproductive if it introduces friction that cannot be justified by a clear ROI or problem statement.
I think innovation is great, but introducing change for the sake of pure innovation tends to be unproductive, if not destructive.