Author Archives: Scott Bowden

Innovate Like the Swamp Fox

Students of military history and the Revolutionary War recall the legend of the Swamp Fox, Brigadier General Francis Marion. Marion helped protect the low country of South Carolina (near Charleston) for the nascent American nation and fought against British Redcoats, Hessian mercenaries, Loyalist, and Tory forces. Marion received his nickname from the British General Banastre Tarleton who unsuccessfully… Continue reading

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Innovation Limit

A key element of the innovation process is the mechanism used by an innovation practitioner to determine the relative value of a particular idea or concept.  Whether this is a formal process, such as an integrated product development pipeline with phase gates and specific assessment criteria, or a… Continue reading

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Not So Fast Innovation

In a previous posting I relayed the story of a ship captain who counter-intuitively sped up when approaching an obstacle to increase his chances of successfully avoiding that obstacle.  In that example, a newly-built mega-cruise ship was… Continue reading

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Scott Bowden looks through the eyes of theorist and political economist Frederic Bastiat to expand his view of Broken WIndows Innovation. Continue reading

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There are a couple of analogies that are worth consideration with regard to how to understand the effect that an innovation practitioner can have on workshop participants: the billiard ball and the boxcar. Continue reading

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Innovation Fun

In a recent article about how to rekindle excitement for competitive sports, I immediately noticed parallels between what the author, Arianne Brown, was facing and what we in the innovation world face in terms of maintaining our energy levels in pursuit of innovation goals. Continue reading

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In the latest iteration of conflict between Israel and Hamas, the Israeli Iron Dome missile defense system has received a great deal of attention as a key innovation due to its efficacy… Continue reading

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