Working across the Hype Cycle

Gartner Hype Cycle

The chances are that, if you’re reading this, you’re familiar with Gartner’s Hype Cycle. It’s a way of “representing the maturity, adoption and social application of specific technologies.” It is, of course, what I’d call a ‘convenient fiction’ in that it approximates how technologies are adopted, but should be placed in the same category as long-range weather forecasts.

Gartner Hype Cycle (detailed)

Recently, I’ve been thinking about my working habits and how I get frustrated by either dealing with cutting-edge stuff or less interesting mainstream stuff. Perhaps one approach would be to try and spread my work across the Hype Cycle. This would mean for some work I’d be working near the ‘Technology Trigger’ part of the Hype Cycle, whereas for other I might be working in the Trough of Disillusionment.

So long as everything I’m focusing on is mission-based, there’s no reason why working across the Hype Cycle wouldn’t be an interesting challenge. It’s certainly something to think more about.

Oh, and for those interested, according to Gartner, ‘open micro credentials’ is right at the top of ‘Peak of Inflated Expectations’… 😉