(from this gem of a blog)
Yes, we need innovation. We need surprising solutions from unlikely sources, we need creativity and a culture of play in order to venture out into new areas.
But we also need inspection. We need to hone processes so they are actually "producing fruit" (to use a biblical metaphor). We need to do good work, not just innovative work.
And we’ll probably need some innovation to come up with solutions to the problems that inspection discovers. Just because inspection doesn’t have any solutions doesn’t mean the problems aren’t real.
Inspection without innovation leads to soul-crushing bureaucracy and death-by-inertia. But innovation without inspection leads to burn-out, waste, and ineffectiveness. We need both.