The Secret History of Agile Innovation

Harvard Business

In 1986, one of us (Takeuchi) and coauthor Ikujiro Nonaka published an article in Harvard Business Review called “The New New Product Development Game.” But the capstone concept for Sutherland was the discovery of Takeuchi’s and Nonaka’s rugby approach, even though it focused on manufacturing rather than software. Disruptive technologies were terrorizing slow-footed competitors. You hear a lot about “agile innovation” these days.