Stop Overloading Engineers, While Increasing Project Throughput

Innovation Excellence

An analysis of the root causes showed that engineers worked long days. The VP of Engineering suspected that her staff were getting stretched too thin. Scenario: WebCo, a company with about 200 contributors, was having trouble keeping projects on schedule.

Can you really engineer an open culture?

HYPE Innovation

The idea that an open culture can be engineered or that cultural change can be outsourced is tempting.

This engineer replaced a $1,000.00+ medical device with one costing $0.20

Idea to Value

By comparison, a Formula 1 engine spins at about 15,000 RPM. Sometimes, you need to set yourself really strict constraints in order to come up with the most creative innovations.

The story of Kelvin Doe: The poor Sierra Leone teen who wowed M.I.T.’s engineers

Idea to Value

This 15 year old taught himself engineering and managed to use scrap to build working generators, batteries and even an FM Radio Transmitter. s engineers.

Turning Metrics into Dollars: How to Turn Your Analytics Data into a Real Financial Model for your Startup

Speaker: Tristan Kromer, Lean Agile Coach, Kromatic

Amazon’s Alexa Growth Engine

Daniel Burrus

The post Amazon’s Alexa Growth Engine appeared first on Daniel Burrus. In past articles, I have written about how Amazon is a great example of a large Anticipatory Organization. Rather than focusing on agility—reacting faster than competitors—these companies have learned to identify the Hard Trends that will happen and use them, as well as other Anticipatory Skills, to drive exponential innovations at a reduced risk.

The Engineering Behind Modern Superstructures

InnovationManagement

Enabling Factors collaborative innovation construction engineeringHuman talent, drive and innovation can achieve incredible feats - and what more tangible example than modern superstructures? Let’s take a look at some of the drivers behind building bigger and better buildings worldwide, from improved materials, to cross-sector collaboration and beyond.

Flexing Your (Underused) Creative Muscle: my podcast interview with the Innovation Engine

Idea to Value

I was recently interviewed for a podcast by Will Sherlin for his Innovation Engine Podcast , which I wanted to share with you in the embedded file above. Podcasts Innovation Engine podcastEpisode Highlights. Why do we need to strengthen our creative capabilities? Professor George Land commissioned a longitudinal study following the same group of people over time to see what happened as they got older.

#1,333 – Carbon Engineering

Greatest. Idea. Ever.

Even if you don’t believe in Climate Change you’ll love this next idea. For scientists from Harvard University have figured out a way to extract gasoline from thin air! That’s right.

Middle Managers as Engines of Change

Innovation Excellence

The captain may be in the bridge, but is the engine room operating on all cylinders? Last week I wrote about the importance of leadership and change. Nothing happens until the top leadership says so.

We Need to Re-engineer Our Organizations for a New Era of Innovation

Innovation Excellence

In the first half of the 20th century, Alfred Sloan created the modern corporation at General Motors. In many ways, it was based on the military.

6 Keys to Making Collaborative Innovation Successful

Speaker: Soren Kaplan, Founder of InnovationPoint

Sustaining innova- tion was the savior—and the company’s growth engine. Intuit’s monthly “customer office hours” provide all employees, from the software engineer to the HR manager to the financial analyst, with the. engine.

Firms of the Future: Managing 2 Business Engines

Innovation Excellence

Among several characteristics, the authors also particularly anticipate future-proof companies to be required to manage two types of businesses by deploying distinct "engines".

How Piaggio Fast Forward Brings Engineering Cultures Together

Innovation Leader

How do you ensure that an innovation lab takes advantage of the engineering smarts of the core business? Find out how Piaggio Fast Forward tackled the challenge

TED talk: “I am not a visionary, I’m an engineer” [video]

Innovation Excellence

In a rare interview with TED's curator, Chris Anderson, Torvalds discusses with remarkable openness the personality traits that prompted his unique philosophy of work, engineering and life.

4 Pillars to Letting the Innovation Engine Roar at Total Booster

Innovation Excellence

I met with Michael Offredi, Digital Ecosystem & Innovation Officer at TOTAL, and Delphine Pélisson, Head of The Booster Paris, and Transformation & Collective Efficiency Catalyst, for an in-depth discovery of this singular corporate business accelerator. What is The Booster purpose?

The Engineering Stakeholder Interview

Boxes and Arrows

The Engineering Stakeholder Interview. Engineering stakeholders. Try to speak with engineering management as well as the design engineer(s), if such a role exists; it’s seldom a good idea to involve the entire engineering team at this point.

Data From 3.5 Million Employees Shows How Innovation Really Works

You might think the most productive innovation system would be full of engineers or other problem-solvers. INNOVATION Data From 3.5

Recommendation engines force organisations to fundamentally rethink

Innovation 360 Group

Recommendation engines (or recommenders ) force organisations to fundamentally rethink how to get greater value from their data while also creating greater value for their customers.

Calling All Engineers: Beyond Form, Fit and Function for Formulated Products

Innovation Excellence

Like most engineers, I learned about rules of interchangeability back in school. These rules help companies decide whether a product change should require a new item number or simply a revision of the same item number.

Qmarkets Provides Award-Winning Innovation Engine for Hyundai

Qmarkets

Hyundai Motor America is focused on delivering an outstanding customer experience grounded in design leadership, engineering excellence and exceptional value in every vehicle we sell. The post Qmarkets Provides Award-Winning Innovation Engine for Hyundai appeared first on Qmarkets.

Can Algorithms Feel? Use Emotion To Elevate Search Engine Marketing

Brunner

To the uninitiated, copywriting for search engine optimization (SEO) may seem prescriptive, awkward and clunky, written for robot crawlers rather than human beings. Originally published in MediaPost. Emotional resonance is essential in marketing. But how do you connect emotionally when writing keyword-targeted copy? No one even reads those SEO copy blocks, right?

Qmarkets Provides Award-Winning Innovation Engine for Hyundai

Qmarkets

Hyundai Motor America is focused on delivering an outstanding customer experience grounded in design leadership, engineering excellence and exceptional value in every vehicle we sell. The post Qmarkets Provides Award-Winning Innovation Engine for Hyundai appeared first on Qmarkets.

Financial Post: Reverse Engineering a Startup

Venture2

The post Financial Post: Reverse Engineering a Startup appeared first on Venture2 Inc. The Financial Post (Canada) published an article on McCain Foods and their partnership with Fiddlehead, a technology startup in the food-tech space.

World Music Hackathon: Re-engineering Music

hackerearth

Your ideas will interface the path in rethinking and re-engineering music for the digital age. The post World Music Hackathon: Re-engineering Music appeared first on HackerEarth Blog. Music is the universal language of mankind—a great uniter. It’s astonishing how music can connect souls, overcome barriers, and bring people closer. It is something that people who differ on anything and everything can have in common.

Steve McDonald joins SnapStrat as Head of Engineering

SnapStrat

Oakland, CA – SnapStrat announced today that Steve McDonald has joined the company as Head of Engineering. Steve has 20 years of experience as an engineering leader, architect and software developer across a broad range of startups. At SnapStrat, Steve will lead the engineering effort to build an industry-first decision platform focused on aligning execution with strategy by improving outcomes of recurring strategic decisions.

How Jones Lang LaSalle Built a Revenue Engine

Innovation Leader

Innovation VP Alec Humphries discusses how his group inside the commercial real estate firm has begun generating millions in revenue within five years of its creation

6 Seattle engineers share lessons from their first year in leadership

Xinova

6 Seattle engineers share lessons from their first year in leadership By Quinten Dol Software engineers are eminently practical people — it’s what makes them good at their jobs. Inventor Community built in seattle collaboration Engineering engineers Paul Payne productivity software software engineers ThinkBeyond xinova

Powering Innovation in Rolls-Royce’s Engineering Culture

Innovation Leader

Hardev Ubhi of Rolls-Royce discusses how to to bring new tools and thinking into an organization that is understandably obsessed with safety, precision, and quality

4 pillars to let the innovation engine roar, at Total Booster

Rapid Innovation in digital time

The Booster is a corporate entity that supply other group's entities with an offering to support innovation and digital transformation. But it's also a state of mind. Continue reading → Innovation Rapid Innovation Unit Entrepreneur Start-up Accelerator Incubation intrapreneurship Corporate accelerator intrapreneur Booster Total Michael Offredi Delphine Pélisson

How German journalists do their research and what that tells you for about Search Engine Optimization

Eddielogic

Every business knows that search engine optimization (SEO) is important for its website. You can put all your offerings online – if the major search engines do not like you, nobody will see them. Search engines (80%). Amazon is named as another important search engine.

Asking Engineers the Right Questions

Michael Roberto

Specifically, we analyzed the forces that made it difficult for engineers such as Rodney Rocha to speak up regarding their safety concerns, and we looked at how leaders did not ask probing questions to elicit dissenting views. When I teach the case to engineers and other technical experts, I often hear them say that management needs to understand how to ask engineers the right questions, and how to interpret their results.

The Whole System is Rigged Against Innovation

Innovation Excellence

Disruption Innovation Management Duel Engine Model Efficient Management risk Top-Down approachWork in innovation for more than a decade you see familiar patterns.

System 109

This engineer replaced a $1,000.00+ medical device with one costing $0.20

Improvides

Originally published at This engineer replaced a $1,000.00+ medical device with one costing $0.20.Sometimes, you need to set yourself really strict constraints in order to come up with the most creative innovations. This is exactly what Manu Prakash did with his team at Stanford when trying to make a better, cheaper way to test blood samples in poorer countries. Check out his video above. He was trying to find a […].

10 Famous inventions that were the culmination of other people’s work

Idea to Value

James Watt and the steam engine. When I was in high school, my science teacher thought it was funny to ask “What was the name of the man who invented the steam engine?” Only steam engines predated Watt’s design by almost 60 years. Watt steam engine.

Are Purpose-Driven Leaders The Engine Of China's New Innovation?

Bill Fischer

By Bill Fischer & Tomas Casas Thirty-five years of Reform, and no Apple to show for it! No Steve Jobs as well, for that matter. No wonder that skepticism over the ability of China’s industrial enterprises to make the transition from cost-led competitive strategies to more innovative approaches is so widespread.

Are Purpose-Driven Leaders The Engine Of China's New Innovation?

Bill Fischer

By Bill Fischer & Tomas Casas Thirty-five years of Reform, and no Apple to show for it! No Steve Jobs as well, for that matter. No wonder that skepticism over the ability of China’s industrial enterprises to make the transition from cost-led competitive strategies to more innovative approaches is so widespread.

Graphene Application Challenge Prize?

Gregg Fraley

Wouldn’t this be a grand idea for senior year projects for engineering students? Attention engineering professors! The Graphene Challenge. Graphene is a new material that is just in its infancy in terms of commerical usage. It’s from graphite, the stuff in pencils.

Consulting Industry Faces Threat From Artificial Intelligence

Braden Kelley

Meanwhile, the tireless … Continue reading → Change Innovation Technology Artificial Intelligence Automation Engineers consulting disruption internal consulting strategy consulting

How to Get Your Innovation Engine to Fire on All Cylinders

Tata Consultancy

For your organization to be able to continuously generate and convert new and novel ideas to value, you need to create an innovation engine that is fine-tuned to your organization’s circumstances and practices. This will be the crux of your innovation engine. The post How to Get Your Innovation Engine to Fire on All Cylinders appeared first on TCS Research and Innovation. Innovation innovation engine innovation life cycle

Etsy Engineers Share Their Failures in Company-Wide Memos

Michael Roberto

described by Etsy CTO John Allspaw in an Etsy blog post, engineers (and now others at the company) who mess up are given the opportunity to give a detailed account of what they did, the effects they had, their expectations and assumptions, and what they think happened. Many organizations exhibit of culture of blame and shame when it comes to failures.

3 Technologies You Need To Start Paying Attention To Right Now

Innovation Excellence

In a sense, Innovation computing architectures Genetic Engineering Materials Science neuromorphic chips quantum computingAt any given time, a technology or two captures the zeitgeist. A few years ago it was social media and mobile that everybody was talking about.

Learning from mistakes: Using Bad Reviews to Improve Your eCommerce Site

Game-Changer

Use the bad reviews as citations to improve your search engine ranking. Recent changes in Google and the other major search engines now give you the opportunity to raise your search engine ranking from either good or bad reviews.