Can you really engineer an open culture?


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

#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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Every Engineer needs a Businessman?

Innovation Excellence

The world as we know may be run by businessmen, but it is definitely shaped by engineers. Every engineer would said that the world will be a better place if tech guys made more decisions.

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.

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".

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.

6 Ways to Create a Successful Innovation Program

where engineers experiment with testing new ideas. The practice of innovation has come a long way, and for good reason. Regardless of size or sector, every organization today faces existential threats from changing customer expectations and a booming. technology industry.

Financial Post: Reverse Engineering a Startup


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.

Recommendation engines force organisations to fundamentally rethink

Innovation 360

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. In other words, recommendation engines are a terrific medium and mechanism for transitioning traditional managements to platform perspectives. The post Recommendation engines force organisations to fundamentally rethink appeared first on Home of Innovation.

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.

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.

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


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.

2017 Business Innovation Report


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


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 […].

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.

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.

Quantifying a Culture of Innovation

be full of engineers or other technical or creative problem-solvers. QUANTIFYING A CULTURE OF. INNOVATION A RIGOROUS, QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS OF. CORPORATE INNOVATION CULTURES Is there a best way for companies to innovate successfully? Our research. proves there is.

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.

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.

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

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


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.

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

increase isn't worth the engineering time we're spending! Some teams struggle to constantly optimize conversion rates without understanding the financial impact of those conversion rates. Sometimes that 0.1% You'll learn: How to turn basic dashboard metrics into a financial model.

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

The Additive Manufacturing Maturity Model

Mike Shipulski

Additive Manufacturing Clarity Innovation Manufacturing Competitiveness New Normal Problems Product Development The Future Top Line Growth Competitiveness Creativity Engineering Capability Engineering Mindset Manufacturing Competitveness Product Development Engine Start Success

Design Thinking Grows Up – Welcome to Experience Thinking

Innovation Excellence

Prologue Design Thinking is an incredibly powerful way to approach the design of just about anything that involves an interaction with people (or other intelligent creatures).

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.

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.

Given the chance, would you modify the appearance of your unborn child?


Genetic engineering, modifying genes for the better could be as important to this century as vaccines were to the last. The fear is that germ-line engineering is a path toward a dystopia of superpeople and designer babies for those who can afford it.

Reflecting on our innovation practices

Paul Hobcraft

We fail to constantly review and re-engineer the innovation process and tend to layer more upon it, without a consistent reassessing what we are trying to achieve.

System 159

Be done with the past.

Mike Shipulski

New products come faster, fewer resources are needed because the hard engineering work has been done and the technical and execution risks are lower. Fear Motivation New Normal Seeing Things As They Are Technology The Future Top Line Growth Engineering Mindset Product Development Engine

4 Myths About Innovation You Need To Avoid

Innovation Excellence

Innovation American Growth discovery engineering innovation myths Transformation unicornsThe unicorn is perhaps unique among myths in that the creature doesn’t appear in the mythology of any culture.

Creating a brand that lasts.

Mike Shipulski

Complexity Culture Design Engineers Fundementals How To New Thinking Product Robustness Warranty Cost Competitiveness Engage Design; Product Design; Cost Savings Engineering Mindset Product Development Engine Understanding Physics

To figure out what’s next, define the system as it is.

Mike Shipulski

Clarity Fundementals Innovation Seeing Things As They Are Creativity Product Development EngineEvery day starts and ends in the present. Sure, you can put yourself in the future and image what it could be or put yourself in the past and remember what was. But, neither domain is actionable.

How Google Innovates

Innovation Excellence

Case Study Innovation Technology Artificial Intelligence Data Science deep learning Google Google Brain image search Math research search engines voice searchSteve Jobs built—and then revived—Apple by fusing technology with design.

Design Thinking in Lima Peru

Innovation Excellence

Continue reading → Build Capability Case Study Design Innovation Latin America People & Skills Processes & Tools Uncategorized collaboration Design Challenge Design Thinking engineering Insights teams technology

Jobs in innovation: our field guide

Board of Innovation

For most companies, developing a winning innovation strategy isn’t usual business. It takes a lot of time, skills and resources. Though essential for long term business growth, innovation is often killed due to the focus on core business processes.

Towards Superhumanity


Through a combination of biological engineering, cybernetic engineering and artificial intelligence, humans are already significantly enhancing or exceeding their current capabilities, which has been well documented in many books, media and films.