Abstract from http://realbusiness.co.uk/tech-and-innovation/2017/03/22/business-innovation-challenge-case-perspiration-vs-inspiration/
When you’re running a business it’s important to be open to new ideas, whether they come from your own sector or elsewhere.
An interview with Linus Torvalds, the founder of the free, open-source Linux operating system said that business innovation isn’t actually that important in terms of success – ninety-nine per cent is about getting the work done. It’s a slightly different take on the famous Thomas Edison quote: “Genius is one per cent inspiration, ninety-nine per cent perspiration.” Torvalds went on to say that the real problems are always about process, not ideas.
“Shut up and get the work done” – says Linus Torvalds. He has demonstrated that his approach produces results. It’s difficult to overstate the impact that Linux has had on the technology industry. Linux is the dominant operating system for servers. Almost all high-performance computing runs on Linux. And the majority of mobile devices and embedded devices rely on Linux under the hood. The Linux kernel is perhaps the most successful collaborative technology project of the PC era.
Technology plays an obvious role but process is at least as important.
What is the definition of a process? – A process is a sequence of interdependent and linked procedures which, at every stage, consume one or more resources (employee time, energy, machines, money) to convert inputs (data, material, parts, etc.) into outputs. These outputs then serve as inputs for the next stage until a known goal or end result is reached.
To sum up, what Torvards said is that process is important to do a good work, and the idea is not enough.