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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.

Every Engineer needs a Businessman?

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

How Google Innovates

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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.

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

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.

Artificial Intelligence and the Consulting Industry

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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.

The State of Crowdsourced Innovation in 2016: Multi-Industry Benchmark Study.

Technology,” “Engineering,” or “Operations,” but rather “Other.” A Multi-Industry Benchmark Study 2016 STATE OF. CROWDSOURCED. INNOVATION A Multi-Industry Benchmark Study 2016 STATE OF. CROWDSOURCED.

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

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.

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

What if it works?

Mike Shipulski

Constraints Innovation Technology Lessons Learned Product Development EngineWhen money is tight, it’s still important to do new work, but it’s doubly important not to waste it. There are a number of models to increase the probability of success of new work.


The Effective Expert

Mike Shipulski

Feelings Seeing Things As They Are Trust Engineering MindsetWhat if you’re asked to do something you know isn’t right? Not from an ethical perspective, but from a well-read, well-practiced, world-thought-leader perspective? What if you know it’s a waste of time?

When doing new work, you’ll be wrong.

Mike Shipulski

Assumptions Clarity Complexity Decisions Fear Feelings How To Innovation New Thinking The Future Competitiveness Lessons Learned Product Development EngineWhen doing something from the first time you’re going to get it wrong. There’s no shame in that because that’s how it goes with new work.

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

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.

Hands-On or Hands-Off?

Mike Shipulski

Clarity Culture How To Magic Product Development Seeing Things As They Are Uncertainty Lessons Learned Product Development EngineHands-on versus hands-off – as a leader it’s a fundamental choice.

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.

Is it novel?

Mike Shipulski

Decisions How To Risk Seeing Things As They Are no-to-yes Product Development EngineAgree or not, companies think they have to grow to survive. (I I don’t believe it.) For companies of all sizes and shapes, growth is the single most important forcing function.

Innovation is Never a Single Event

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Greg Satell on the discovery of useless things, engineering innovation, and making good on the connected age. Continue reading →

You probably don’t have an organizational capability gap.

Mike Shipulski

Constraints Culture Fundementals Problems Seeing Things As They Are Engineering Capability SuccessThe organizational capability of a company defines its ability to get things done. If you can’t pull it off, you have an organizational capability problem, or so the traditional thinking goes.

Step-Wise Learning

Mike Shipulski

Culture Decisions How To Innovation Positivity Technology Engineering Mindset Fear Lessons Learned Trust-based approachAt every meeting you have a chance to move things forward or hold them back. When a new idea is first introduced it’s bare-naked.

Shape-shifting Tech Will Change The World As We Know It

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Continue reading → Video collaboration Computers Creativity Design engineering Future Industrial design Innovation invention Materials potential Product Design technology TEDxWhat will the world look like when we move beyond the keyboard and mouse?

The Story of Technology

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The stories of Dickens wouldn’t have been possible without the steam engine and the industrial revolution it brought about. And what would the 20th century have been like without the internal combustion engine and electricity? Every age is defined by its technology.

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

All Your Mental Models are Obsolete

Mike Shipulski

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The Firm of the Future Will Manage Two Types of Businesses

Integrative Innovation

Among several characteristics, the authors also particularly anticipate future-proof companies to be required to manage two types of businesses with distinct “engines”: Companies have always pursued innovation in their core business. The two engines demand different approaches.

5 Innovation Truths: as Told through Top Gun Movie Clips


I had just finish a popular post for our company’s blog about the habits of the most innovative engineers and I began to draw parallels between Maverick’s journey and innovation. During one of the recent (and frequent) screenings of Top Gun in our house, I was thinking about innovation.

The 10 Methods of The Lean Startup


“Startup success can be engineered by following the right process, which means it can be learned, which means it can be taught.”. The Lean Startup was published in 2011, yet its impact has been enormous.

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Doing New Work

Mike Shipulski

Culture Fear How To Innovation Level 5 Courage New Thinking Top Line Growth Creativity Engineering Mindset Trust-based approachIf you know what to do, do it. But if you always know what to do, do something else.

The Energy Revolution will Transform How We Live and Work

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James Watt’s steam engine, developed in 1781, set the stage for the first industrial revolution. But it wasn’t until a century later that the widespread adoption of electricity and the internal combustion engine brought about the second industrial revolution.

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.