Innovation Capital Lies Within Organizational Learning

Paul Hobcraft

Innovation will lack that essential organization innovation rhythm, and it will stay disconnected for many and will be frustrating your own evolution in understanding if it does not become an organizational learning need.

FinTech and Machine Learning


When people talk about machine learning they are a referring to a type of artificial intelligence that has the ability to learn without explicit programming. But some financial companies are already using machine learning to solve some of these fintech problems today.

What You Can Learn About Goal Setting from the Manhattan Project


The need for a rigorous planning and review process for large scale undertakings like the Manhattan Project led to the development of what is now formally referred to as the Critical Path Method (CPM), an algorithm for scheduling a set of project activities. Still want to learn more?

What Apple Can Learn From Tires

Matthew May

And by meaningful, I’m referring to a useful and actionable answer to the question of “so what?” So, note to Apple: you may build great high tech gadgets, but you can learn a thing or two from tires and shoes on how to help people buy them, without needing a Genius.

A platform providing innovation learning.

Guide 4 Innovating

What we do see is that we seem to change the people constantly involved in innovation but we so often lose their learning when they move on or move out. We somehow miss constantly the chances to create the collective memory and necessary reference points of past learning.

Elements of Learning Experience Design

Boxes and Arrows

The purpose of an experience and the platform on which the experience takes place will vary: purchasing a plane ticket on a tablet to vacation, enjoying a musical performance in a theater, or learning to code in a classroom. Elements of learning experience design. References.

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What You Can Learn from Playing With Your Brain

The Human Factor

With the rate of change in today’s world, learning how to counteract these brain foibles has become a very important leadership skill. Does it refer to the man with the wooden leg or to the camera? The human brain is a remarkable organ.

A platform providing innovation learning.

Guide 4 Innovating

What we do see is that we seem to change the people constantly involved in innovation but we so often lose their learning when they move on or move out. We somehow miss constantly the chances to create the collective memory and necessary reference points of past learning.

Customer, Culture, and Learning: Takeaways from the Lean Startup Conference

Moves the Needle

The Lean Startup Methodology has had an enormous effect on the business world - some have even referred to it as a cult (which is not 100% far from the truth). Bob Sutton mentioned that “learning and being an infinite learner is the key” to building a massively valuable company.

Facilitating the Innovation Ecosystem Design

Paul Hobcraft

To get groups to think more openly about considering innovation in a more ecosystem approach to design and interaction I like to often refer to my mind maps to trigger discussions. I do like to capture thoughts within Mind Maps.

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Learning User Innovation by teaching it

Open Innovation

They say you never learn something until you teach it. References Baldwin, Carliss, and Eric von Hippel.

All things considered for Innovation Thinking

Paul Hobcraft

I like to refer to four frames or tools that I think should always be available to simply map to when you are in any design thinking phase. Source: Rikke Dam and Teo Yin Siang.

25 Lessons Learned (or Reconfirmed) in Year Six Away from Corporate Life


My frame of reference for recognizing new lessons isn’t the same as it used to be. 25 Lessons Learned (or Reconfirmed) in Year Six Away from Corporate Life. Email us at or call us at 816-509-5320 to learn how we can deliver these benefits for you.

Learn from the Best: Google’s 9 Principles of Innovation (Part 2 of 2)

Robert Brands

In the previously published blog on this site, entitled “Learn from the Best: Google’s 9 Principles of Innovation (Part 1 of 2)”, the first four innovation principles from Google’s 9 Principles of Innovation were discussed.

Varied Practice: Key to Learning New Skills

Michael Roberto

Celnik summarizes his findings: "What we found is if you practice a slightly modified version of a task you want to master, you actually learn more and faster than if you just keep practicing the exact same thing multiple times in a row." Consolidation refers to the process by which memories stabilize and solidify over some period of time. learning memory skill development

How do you measure social learning


I tweeted this question earlier: are there studies that show ways to measure social learning? are lessons learned discussed, or work-arounds. What reference material is already being created that might be a target? Kevin Jones at Engaged learning listed 15 objections to using social media as a learning tool. Is that a good measure of ROI for learning - hits per day? The article talks about Learning as Execution.

More on Learning Through Blogging: What Readers Think

Boxes and Arrows

My post a few days ago arguing that the real value of blogging lies not just in reading blogs, but in commenting on blog posts and writing your own, generated a lot of comments and some great references to what others are thinking. Learning is an active process. Learning can.

Fusion, Flow and Fluidity are needed in our Management Practices

Paul Hobcraft

One real need is for increasing knowledge and then being equipped in interpreting this in our learning, daily routines and activities is becoming paramount to break out of a declining performance cycle. Our world is shifting from scalable efficiency to scalable learning.

Why Build, Measure, Learn – isn’t just throwing things against the wall to see if they work – the Minimal Viable Product

Steve Blank

I am always surprised when critics complain that the Lean Startup’s Build, Measure, Learn approach is nothing more than “throwing incomplete products out of the building to see if they work.”. Unfortunately the Build, Measure, Learn diagram is the cause of that confusion.

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How to Rewrite the Rules with Sam Conniff Allende

Rmukesh Gupta

Really enjoyed this short video where Sam shares how and what we can learn from the way pirates work in order for us to be able to rewrite the rules of the game. Here is the list of characteristics that we can draw from pirates that Sam refers to and I quote.

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Learning in Academic vs. Corporate Settings

Boxes and Arrows

So it might be most useful to refer to the audiences as "academic" and "corporate" rather than "education" and "training." At the same time, I think the corporate world can learn a lot from academicians' experiments with social learning and user-created materials. Cathy Moore left an excellent comment on my recent Culture Clash post that I think is worthy of being elevated to post level.

CCK08: How are we conditioned to learn, and more on CCK08 filters


I especially appreciated this comment: “Secondly, it is very important to be able to base one of the distinctions between ”traditional” and “connected” in groups vs. networks, in the context of the dominant educational systems today, otherwise you do not have a base reference to what you are trying to revolutionize (and revolution is what is required, IMHO). We are taught how to learn in the “dominant educational systems&# of our modern world.

What You Can Learn from the FedEx Logo in Five Seconds

Idea Champions

Shakespeare had a more poetic way of referring to this phenomenon. Embedded in your stories is the "white arrow", the hidden code of what you are really learning. During the past two years, I've asked more than a thousand people what they see when they look at the FedEx logo.

Is the Tipping Point for AI Here?


The reality is that AI, machine learning (ML), and deep learning (DL) capabilities today lie somewhere in the middle. The first question we should ask is: are we finally at the tipping point for AI and machine learning?

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Leveraging talent in the fourth industrial revolution


Outlining an inclusive vision, mission & strategy that support speed, agility, learning, collaboration, teaming & networking – as the key levers for effecting organizational productivity & performance improvements.

When Information Design is a Matter of Life or Death

Boxes and Arrows

Medicine or patient information leaflets refer to the document included inside medicine packaging and are typically printed on thin paper (see figures 1.1–1.4). Design Principles Interfaces Learning From Others Visual and Visible

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A Guidance on Keeping Your Innovation Processes in Check

HYPE Innovation

You know, prioritizing and tweaking those actions your firm engages in to accomplish a pre-established business purpose or objective (Michel Porter is a great reference on this topic – he introduced the process view of organizations ). From creating the physical space for innovation and adjusting your incentive scheme, to more abstract goals like becoming a learning organization or being customer centric, all initiatives require a careful and possibly constant orchestration.

Strategy and Boxes


There is the problem that we are all too easily inclined to refer back to past experiences when we face complex problems. Hence, it prefers to refer back to known structures and solutions. Innovation Practice Quote innovation learning models strategic management

Five Things They Didn’t Teach Me in School About Being a User Researcher

Boxes and Arrows

That said, in the midst of companies experimenting with how to maximize user researchers, there are a few things I’ve learned specific to the role of user researcher that have held true across the diverse companies I’ve worked for. Some of these learnings were a bit of a surprise early on my my career, and I hope in sharing them I’ll save a few from making career mistakes I made in the past for lack of knowing better.

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The Role of Imagination in Creating The Next Set of Breakthrough Innovations

Rmukesh Gupta

Man cannot hope fully to duplicate this mental process artificially, but he certainly ought to be able to learn from it. I stumbled across the article that Vannevar Bush wrote in 1945 for the Atlantic. You can read the entire post here.

Introducing the Play-to-Win Strategy Canvas 2.0

Innovation Excellence

I started developing a visual tool for team facilitation of strategy development over two years ago, after I learned the Playing to Win framework from Roger Martin.

Role of Artificial Intelligence in Predictive Analysis Using Sensor Data

Tata Consultancy

DeepMind, whose AlphaGo system beat a human professional in the game of Go using AI techniques, recently introduced an advanced version that learns the game by playing it on its own (without referring to any previous human games), making it more ‘human-like’.

The Power of Collaboration

Boxes and Arrows

Creating a Learning Resource with Aboriginal Students. My graduate school thesis project was to create a learning resource for an Aboriginal literature course for Aboriginal students at the University of Alberta. There were no specific learning outcomes created for the resource.

Researching User Experience: A Knowledge Ecology Model

Boxes and Arrows

When we think of learning environments, we think of books, lectures, databases perhaps. But in my recent research, I discovered that the interactions we have with people in our networks play an even more important role in what we learn and how we turn information into actionable knowledge. I focused on exploring what informed their learning and professional development and how it informed their learning.

How the Stage Gate Process Can Help You Transform Your Business


The Stage Gate Process refers to a technique for driving innovation management. Still want to learn more? Why the Stage Gate Process is Being Used by More and More Organizations to Evaluate and Refine Their Next Big Ideas. by upBOARD. While every business wants to be seen as the creator of the next massively “disruptive” product or service , the truth is that most businesses won’t be able to disrupt the market in a truly unique way.