Design

20 Tips for Ideation Excellence

The fuzzy front end of innovation confronts you with a lot of questions. In my new book ‘Creating innovative Products and Services’ I try to solve them with the FORTH innovation method. The fuzzy front end is the nickname for the start of innovation or ideation phase. Getting innovative ideas is a vague process. It’s considered as hard to do. ...

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The Innovation Discipline – Manage and Optimize It

Innovation is a discipline like Marketing and Finance. It needs to be designed, managed and optimized. Creativity is an easy subject to write about but also a difficult one. Creativity is too heavily linked to novelty rather than purposeful creativity that powers up innovation and create positive and sometimes disruptive change. I am looking forward to finish writing this and ...

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Confusing the Pilot and the Prototype

I found  an innovation team the other day that spends its life doing pilots Now, don’t get me wrong. That is a perfectly good way to make innovation investments. Pilots are an important outcome of the innovation process because they let an organization “suck it and see” before they take whatever-it-is to a broad base of customers. But I was struck, when talking with this ...

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Improving Engineering with WHY, WHAT, HOW

When asked how to improve manufacturing, the recipe is clear: lean. When asked how to improve engineering, the recipe: there isn’t one. Each engineering improvement effort is unique; though there are common themes and building blocks, each has its own fingerprint. Each company has its own strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats; each company has unique products and markets; each its ...

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How to Help Engineers Innovate

Creating new products that provide a useful function is hard, and insuring they function day-in and day-out is harder. Plain and simple, engineering is hard. Planes must fly, cars must steer, and Velcro must stick. But, at every turn, there are risks, reasons why a new design won’t work, and it’s the engineer’s job to make the design insensitive to ...

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Haque's "Lessons of Jobs" Stirs Debate on HBR

The outpouring of commentary post-Jobs’ resignation has been daunting.  You could feel the business world shudder, pause and reflect.  Like a shot going off in an echo-chamber.  One of the best of the best pieces to my taste is Umair Haque’s last HBR post   “Steve’s Seven Insights for 21st Century Capitalists” because, well, he not only crisply summarizes Jobs’ ...

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