I’ve had many enjoyable conversations (i.e.arguments) about what is/is not suitable in technology adoption. In many instances, it’s a matter of misunderstanding (determining the context from which different speakers are arguing). In my new found desire to communicate visually, I propose the following: IRIS model of technology adoption.
When we encounter a new tool or a new concept, we are experiencing technology at the innovation level. We’re focused on “what is possible”, not what can be implemented. We’re more concerned about how a new idea/tool/process differs from existing practices. After we’ve had the joy of a shift in thinking and perspective about what is possible, we begin to research and implement. This is a cyclical process. Attention is paid to “how does it work” and “what is the real world impact”. At this level, our goal is to see how our new (innovative) views align with current reality. If a huge disconnect exists, reform mode kicks in and we attempt to alter the system. Most often, that’s a long process. I’m not focused on that option here. I’m making the assumption that many tools can be implemented within the existing system. Finally, once we’ve experimented with options and we have a sense of what works in our organization, we begin the process of systematizing the innovation (UCalgary blogs appear to have largely followed this model).