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I found this blog post, Will It Fly: How to Evaluate a New Product Idea, fascinating, despite the fact that some of what it says may seem obvious to some.
The intro paragraph to this post by Evan Williams says,
"I've been thinking about a number of new product ideas lately. In doing so, I've been trying to come up with a way more structured way of evaluating them. Here's a first attempt at defining that. It's not as clear as I'd like it to be. But perhaps you'll find it useful."
Evan Williams is the founder of Twitter , and knows something about rolling out new web products. The application to us in the Library, specifically re: New Directions, has to do with our desire to facilitate the adoption of new services, especially those with a Web 2.0 flavor. We want to be forward thinking, even forward moving, but we can't jump on every bandwagon that drives by (I think of Second Life here). The evaluation criteria listed in this post might be useful in helping us choose where to put our energies.
Wishing everyone a good break,