Seven Trends Driving The Future of Innovation

Kraft Heinz’ stock is down 50 percent over the past 12 months, turnover in the executive ranks has increased, and the company’s inability to keep pace with changing consumer tastes is largely to blame. In an earnings call with investors, Kraft      Heinz CEO Miguel Patricio observed that “we’ve been too focused on the present, and literally on firefighting. ...

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Five Reasons for the Post-Design Sprint Slump

Maybe you’ve called it something different, but I bet you’ve experienced it: it’s that feeling when your head’s down at work, too busy with your urgent day-to-day tasks to look up for a moment to contemplate future innovations. (Who has time for breakthrough innovation when you don’t have time for a proper lunch?) It’s that feeling when you know you ...

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eBay for Patient Data

Enormous amounts of patient data creates big business opportunities. In fact, some day, patient sick care might be a loss leader. Instead, the revenue model will be patients owning data and using a platform to sell it for a price. Patients will become digital health entrepreneurs. Selling your sick care data is called an “edge opportunity”. We are headed in that direction. Blockchain ...

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The Wrong Diagnosis means the Wrong Remedy

We tend to revere our clinicians as towering experts in their fields. So how often do you think doctors misdiagnose? How often might your doctor tell you that you have some illness or condition, but it’s not right? For example, a doctor might diagnose the flu, but the patient really has something much more serious – like Lyme Disease. You ...

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Creating high-performing and faster-moving teams

It seems that every meeting I went to recently, and almost every person I spoke to, mentioned the new book, from the authors of How Google Works – The Trillion Dollar Coach. I dutifully ordered it and once I had the chance, diligently read it. It is described as the “blueprint for forward-thinking business leaders and managers that will help them create high-performing and ...

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The Eureka Moment Myth

In 1928, Alexander Fleming arrived at his lab to find that a mysterious mold had contaminated his Petri dishes and was eradicating the bacteria colonies he was trying to grow. Intrigued, he decided to study the mold. That’s how Fleming came to be known as the discoverer of penicillin. Fleming’s story is one that is told and retold because it ...

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Responsible Innovation in Healthcare – Unlocking the Power of Users

Meet a remarkable woman. Lisa Crites, an American broadcast journalist was 42 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Following a mastectomy she was advised not to shower because of the risk of bacterial infection to her surgical drains from tap water. Her frustration at not being able to shower led her to experiment with various home-made solutions, originally based ...

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Four Ways to Run Projects

There are four ways to run projects. One – 80% Right, 100% Done, 100% On Time, 100% On Budget Fix time Fix resources Flex scope and certainty Set a tight timeline and use the people and budget you have. You’ll be done on time, but you must accept a reduced scope (fewer bells and whistles) and less certainty of how ...

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Going Beyond the Prototype

Recently I had the opportunity to interview Douglas Ferguson, author of the new book Beyond the Prototype: A roadmap for navigating the fuzzy area between ideas and outcomes.. Douglas Ferguson is an entrepreneur and human-centered technologist with over 20 years of experience. He is president of Voltage Control, an Austin-based workshop agency that specializes in Design Sprints and innovation workshops. ...

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