Tag Archives: innovation

Simplicity

Three events this week have me focused on the theme of simplicity. On Tuesday, I participated in a panel discussion hosted by the INCOSE Crossroads of America chapter in Indianapolis. We fielded multiple questions about the practice of Systems Engineering, … Continue reading

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Reverse Engineer to go farther/faster

We all like the thought of continuous forward progress, accelerating onwards and upwards toward a strategic goal or outcome. But many times our march to the future is best served by a tactical pause in which we consolidate our gains, … Continue reading

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Product Scoping Decisions

If you have been around Product Development or Systems Engineering long enough, you could write some horror stories describing how feature bloat killed a great product. Regardless of your product development methodology (waterfall, lean startup, agile, etc.), every product has … Continue reading

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Transform your thinking

Really important changes start in our minds.  If you are attempting to transform your business, create disruptive innovations or make a significant difference in some grand challenge, you will most likely be limited by your fundamental thinking skills.  That’s not … Continue reading

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Stretch the rules!

As a Hoosier, I’ve played, coached and watched my share of basketball.  Last weekend I attended 2 Big Ten tournament games and later watched two of my grandsons compete in 4 additional contests in one afternoon.  I won’t go so … Continue reading

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Synergy

Most folks working in business, engineering or innovation have heard of synergy and can likely muster up a shorthand definition: Greek: sun + ergos = to work together with 2 + 2 = 5 The whole is greater than the … Continue reading

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Innovate between the gates

Based on booth and lunchtime discussions, many of the attendees at the Product Development Management Association (PDMA) annual conference in Disneyland had both a passion for innovation and an acute realization of their need to efficiently manage their new product … Continue reading

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