Awkward Reality #126
Unlike other areas of business, surprises are welcome when you’re developing new products.
Surprises in quality or cost control are unpleasant. But innovation relies on surprises. Without “non-obviousness,” an invention cannot even be patented. When a previously-hidden customer outcome becomes known, the discovering supplier has the luxury of seeking solutions in a competition-free environment.
More in white paper, Catch the Innovation Wave (page 10).