|PAPER #||PROMPTS||DUE DATES|
|1. Technology innovation||
Why is this technology and its domain interesting and important? What is it that makes it significant and worthy of focus?
What are the key parameters that characterize this technology? What are the key trade-offs inherent in this technology and the resulting performance envelope?
How have the key parameters evolved over time? What has been the innovation trajectory for this technology?
What are the key technologies with which it competes for potential applications? What are their advantages and disadvanatges?
How do you anticipate the key technologies in this domain are likely to evolve? Are they likely to be subject to "natural technological limits"?
|2. Demand opportunity||
What are they key customer segments and potential applications for these technologies? What jobs can customers use it to get done?
How have customer needs evolved over time?
What are the key factors in diffusion and adoption in this domain now, and what do you anticipate that they will be in the future?
What strategies have been adopted to market products within this domain, and to drive adoption and diffusion?
|3. Life cycle and transitions||
What stage of evolution is your technology and its domain now in, and what have been the episodes in its evolution over time?
Has a dominant design been established, and if so what characterizes it?
What are the objective parameters or metrics that characterize each stage in the life cycle or episode in its evolution, the type of technology, rate of technological change or innovation trajectory, rate of adoption or level of penetration, viable applications and usage patterns?
How have key players in this domain responded to its evolution?
|4. Business ecosystems and value capture||
What are the key niches within the overall business ecosystem? Which are the key types of players and who are the leaders? Who shapes the evolution of the overall system and its architecture, and who plays a specialist or follower role?
What business models have worked, and which have failed?
How have the firms in this domain captured the value that has been created during each episode in the evolution of the domain?