You are probably familiar with Parkinson’s law, either by name or just by experience. Parkinson’s Law states: “Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion”. We have all seen this dreaded fact play out on a project at some point. And without proper planning and tracking the available time tends to expand as well, along with the work.

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I recently interviewed Peter Sims about his upcoming book, Little Bets: How Breakthrough Ideas Emerge from Small Discoveries, as it tackles a topic that is near and dear to us at Aricent: trying a lot of ideas quickly in order to rapidly find the most promising one. Sometimes this can be seen as a scattershot approach, but if done smartly it is usually more reliable than an approach that puts a lot of effort behind a small number of risky bets.

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Aricent's Executive VP of Carrier Services and Solutions, Patrick Joggerst, gives his thoughts on how 4G gives carriers opportunities to deliver differentiated user experiences. Speaking at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February, Patrick also discusses how the all-IP environment of 4G will lead to a massive escalation of machine-to-machine (M2M) data traffic. Looking at the opportunities and challenges posed by smartphones, mobile social networking, and managing CapEx/OpEx, Patrick covers a lot of ground in this interview.

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We recently hosted a group of mid-career executives who are in the Global Executive MBA program at the IESE Business School in Barcelona. We have done this collaboration for several years now, and it's enlightening to see how the students are facing an ever-changing set of innovation challenges. Given the diversity of countries and industries (everything from energy to telecom, government to nonprofit) and company sizes (multinationals to startups) there are some striking commonalities that emerge. See if these feel familiar, and consider if they are trending up or down for your business:

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Thirty years ago tomorrow, on March 5, 1981, in England, a small black box was unleashed onto the world that almost single-handidly created the home computer revolution in the UK: The Sinclair ZX81. To a teenage boy with no particular interest in computers to that point, it was like being handed my own spacecraft, a sleek slab of the future.

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