Category: Innovation

Scenarios and Innovation: Where in the Process?

In a past post I explored into scenarios and innovation in great depth (see How Does Scenario Planning Help Drive Innovation). I was reading a piece in the Financial Times called Another Way of to develop ideas (on the web as Another form of creative thinking) which looked at practices for Open Innovation. It does.

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Being Steve Job’s Boss: Understanding Vision

I don’t know if the follow quote from the Bloomberg BusinessWeek article of October 25-October 31 2010 (Being Steve Job’s Boss) will get to you as much as it did me, but I talk about vision all of the time and try to coach companies into finding their vision. Steve Jobs and Dr. Land understand.

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Public Institutions, Planning and Budget Cuts

Planning for the future can seem like a waste of time when just keeping the lights on is a struggle. Budget cuts are hitting many public institutions, including schools, colleges and universities. The gut reaction is to put the future on hold and deal with the present. That approach some major drawbacks. First, if you.

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First Pass: What’s Wrong with the Grand Challenges for Engineering

At the risk of committing more overthinking of the Grand Challenges for Engineering, I want to take a first pass at discussing what I think is wrong with them in a very specific way, and honing the list into something more grand. Here is the current list: Make solar energy economical Provide energy from fusion.

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City Planning: A Prescription for Cities

A response to the Huffington Post piece on 10 Local American Economies That Have Change Forever. City planning. Cities have traditionally been opportunistic. Some entrepreneurs select a city as a site for something, a railroad headquarters, a large government facility, aerospace manufacturing, or a software company. The city then grows up around that industry. That.

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The Problem with Housing Starts: Why we need new national economic metrics

Toward new national economic metrics: Housing starts (New residential construction) and foreclosures offer insight into the current economic malaise in the United States. They also reflect an ingrained view of consumption measures as the yardstick for economic health. Our measurement system is driving us to establish conditions similar to those before the recession. If we.

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An Approach to Innovative Thinking

An Approach to Innovative Thinking An approach to innovation…I was asked recently by one of my former Microsoft colleagues to answer five questions about how I approach analysis and solutions as part of an ongoing employee mentoring program. Here are my answers. Idea evaluation I start with an outside-in perspective on all ideas. If one.

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How Does Scenario Planning Help Drive Innovation?

How does scenario planning help drive Innovation? I am often asked how scenario planning and the resulting scenarios help drive innovation. Here are six key points to consider: Scenarios increase the productivity of brainstorming and idea discovery. Because scenarios force people into other social, economic, political and technological realities, the constraints of the present and.

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