Nokia has recently announced loses of another 10,000 jobs (BBC News Article). While this slashes operating costs there are concerns that if sales don’t pick up then we might all have to say goodbye to Nokia. Personally I would be very sad to see them disappear, my first phone was a Nokia and I loved it’s simple menu system and robust design. Since then new companies have come along (Apple, HTC etc) and Nokia seemed to lose their way, insisting on pushing their outdated and clunky Symbian OS. That was until recently when Nokia made a switch to the new Windows OS on the superb Lumia series phones. Even Apple’s Siri admits the Lumia the best phone around. Unfortunately it all seems to have come too late to save jobs at Nokia.
People are now speculating that with the reduced workforce, innovation will now suffer and further accelerate Nokia’s decline. Poppy-cock in my opinion… Some of the most innovative businesses in the world (Apple, Facebook, ideo, 4c Design) purposefully keep the design team small to increase innovative potential. If too many cooks spoil the broth; then too many designers confuse the product, innovation is lost and the result is often a mish-mash of ideas. Innovation works best within a smaller team where people can champion ideas, have their voices heard and quickly make changes.
My point… small teams don’t mean poor innovation, small teams of the right people are the most innovative bunch around.