Fueling Business Process Management with the Automation Engine that Can!

Strategy Driven

Rapid-action, agile automation engines have emerged as the only resource for businesses to become fully functional, integrated, robotic enterprises that can adapt with the dynamic economy, consumer demand, internal logistics, business goals, and social landscape.

Was software engineering ever alive?

Crossderry Blog

Recent Posts Sputnik and Delayed Gratification Grace under pressure Being accountable as a customer SAP SME Portfolio Précis Podcast Link — Enterprise IT: Inside an SAP customer Recent Comments Tweets that mention … on Grace under pressure Paul Ritchie on About Paul on About Bob Tarne on Waterfall, Agile, now … Bloggers Bug –… on Being responsible for our own… Google Page Rank Was software engineering ever alive?

What Kind of Innovator Are You?

Leading Blog

When it comes to innovation, it is no different. Jeff DeGraff writes in The Innovation Code , “ Your dominant worldview is your biggest strength —the quality that makes you stand out from other people.” The Artist The Artist loves radical innovation. Creativity & Innovation

Innovation Execution

Coaching Tip

All companies, no matter the size, need to continually innovate in order to remain competitive. Innovation is a two-part challenge. Organizations are not Structured to Execute Innovation. So why is innovation execution so hard? They are built to be performance engines.

Deming Podcast with Scott Dalgleish, CEO at Phase IV Engineering

Deming Institute

Scott Dalgleish is the CEO at Phase IV Engineering. Scott first encountered Deming’s ideas while an engineer at Proctor & Gamble in 1986. It provided some very innovative and realistic solutions to solve a lot of problems in the plant. Scott Dalgleish.

How Leaders can Ignite Innovation

Great Leadership By Dan

An executive at a company I work with recently told me: “W e have very creative employees who want to be innovative but find many obstacles created by the cultural opposition to it. We spend a lot of time training and encouraging employees at all levels how to be more creative and innovation. They leave our programs all fired up ready to change the world, then go back to a workplace that crushes their innovative ideas and enthusiasm. Allow employees time to innovate.

News Flash: Innovation Is No Longer Just a Specialist’s Job. Now Here’s How to Involve Your Whole Workforce Instead

Strategy Driven

The classic method of segregating innovation to a single department, or to a process led by specialists, just isn’t fast enough any longer. What’s needed is a culture in which innovation is the mission of everyone, everywhere, every day. That’s not the purpose of Innovation Engineering.

Complimentary Resource – Economist: Smart SMBs Fine-Tuning the Engines of Growth

Strategy Driven

Economist: Smart SMBs Fine-Tuning the Engines of Growth. To achieve growth, economies the world over rely on small businesses to create jobs, increase competition and spur innovation. Click here for more information on Economist: Smart SMBs Fine-Tuning the Engines of Growth.

Innovation High-Five

Mills Scofield

By Tim Kippley: Jeff Bezos, one of the planet’s greatest innovators, once said that: “You need a culture that high-fives small and innovative ideas and senior executives [that] encourage ideas.” ” The Value of Innovation at Geneca.

For Whom Do We Innovate?

Mills Scofield

If you ever wondered about the power of innovation to radically change lives, wonder no more. Anish Sarma , a volunteer at SpeakYourMind Foundation (SYMF) and research engineer at Braingate , tells us. For Whom Do We Innovate?

Great Innovators Think Laterally

Mills Scofield

The latest post , co-authored with Ian Gonsher , Associate Director of the Brown Creative Mind Initiative and on the faculty in the School of Engineering at Brown University, in Harvard Business Review.

Worst. Innovation Quote. Ever.


Here’s my candidate for the worst innovation quote ever: Now, to be fair, it’s actually a paraphrasing of Emerson. Nevertheless, it reflects a very common innovation misconception – that it’s all about the idea. Innovation is the process of idea management.

Why Innovation is not "Invented Here"

Coaching Tip

Beyond alarming questions of what is "fair" to the innovators themselves, few have considered how these human capital controls might impact the quality and quantity of innovation--and ultimately economic growth. We need diverse social and professional connections to innovate.

Dr. Deming on Joy of Work, Innovation and Leadership


In part 1 of his interview, Deming says, The source of innovation is freedom. 3M is a 100 years old company that thrives on innovation. 3M’s William McKnight first instituted a policy known as 15% rule – that engineers can use 15% of their time on whatever projects or initiatives they like. Leadership Business Performance freedom Innovation joy and happiness Leader Management people development

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A Lesson In Innovation From The Red Planet

Tanveer Naseer

In the past week or so, there’s been much discussion and debate over the merits of disruption and with it, how we view and understand what it means to innovate. It was a wonderful moment for the normally staid engineering team. Landing on Mars is a huge engineering challenge.

Creating Innovators: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World Tony Wagner Scribner/A Simon & Schuster Imprint (2012) Why and how to nurture the creativity of all children As Tony Wagner explains, “This book is about how we can develop the capacities of many more young people to be creative and entrepreneurial. The next best time is now" Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change The World It takes a village to raise a child Robert A.

Education? Innovation? Do - Learn - Do - Learn

Mills Scofield

I told my Middle Eastern parents that I wouldn''t be pursuing the traditional routes of doctor, lawyer, or engineer and left home to pursue a degree and work in education. Culture Education Experience Institute Hacking Education Higher-Ed Innovation Leap Year Project Un-Schooling

Creativity and Innovation Leadership: Connecting the Dots

Coaching Tip

Interwoven sentience is the path of innovation, creativity and sustainability for the organization. Leonardo da Vinci, the great Renaissance artist, engineer and scientist, is the prototype we as individuals and as entrepreneurs should emulate ; a platform that he developed within himself and would continue to develop within a range of directions throughout his life. Why Innovation is not "Invented Here". A sentient person is one who has sense perception.

Are you a Scientist or an Engineer? Things to think about.

Create Learning

as a engineer? The engineer sees themselves as a tiny spot of ignorance surrounded by a vast see of knowledge. Corporate Team Building Innovation Leadership Organization Development coaching create-learning team building and leadership quotes Team Building

Ideas Don't Equal Innovation | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

As a result of our conversation, I decided to dust-off an old post, give it a few updates, and pass along my thoughts, which can be best summarized as “ Ideas Don’t Equal Innovation. Without a viral movement, ideas go extinct before innovation.

inGenius: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

inGenius: A Crash Course on Creativity Tina Seelig HarperOne/An imprint of HarperCollins (2012) How and why the tools and techniques of creative thinking are as essential to invention as the scientific method is to discovery There are six components that comprise what Tina Seelig characterizes as an “Innovation Engine.”

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Innovation Requires a Bias Towards Action


There is often a huge lag between when we first see a new idea and when we really find out what it is good for – this is when we are working through business model innovation. Consequently, the best innovation comes when we are concerned with both discovery and use.

What Engineering a Reverse Innovation Looks Like

Harvard Business Review

In many cases, challenges faced by emerging markets will require innovative solutions that deliver a higher comparative performance at a lower cost than what existing technology can provide. Engineers are very good at solving problems they know are problems.

How To Disrupt the Tech World

Mills Scofield

What is your image of an inventor or innovator? Increasing evidence shows most innovation comes from two or more people…one of whom might even be a woman! We stereotype innovators as men and mainly in STEM* products. Fast-forward ~ Innovating Women launches today!

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Creating a New Approach to Engineering and Innovation at Hitachi Metals - SPONSOR CONTENT FROM HITACHI METALS, LTD.

Harvard Business Review

As the new general manager of the Global Research & Innovative Technology Center (GRIT) at Hitachi Metals, Kenichi Inoue is tasked with creating an updated framework for research and development in advanced materials, helping his organization make the shift to a new approach to engineering and innovation in a disrupted world. But innovations in this area could be a launchpad for major business opportunities in new fields for the company.

Emerging-Market Engineers Power Global Innovation

Harvard Business Review

Recently, Thomson-Reuters published its latest list of the Top 100 Global Innovators honoring the leading organizations and companies most responsible for sizeable, influential patents worldwide. First, many of the Top Innovators employ engineers in emerging countries such as India and China.

Breaking Away: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Breaking Away: How Great Leaders Create Innovation That Drives Sustainable Growth – and Why Others Fail Jane Stevenson and Bilal Kaafarani McGraw-Hill (2011) How and why to create a “magic mix” of innovation leadership with innovation processes Year after year, annual lists of the most highly creative organizations include “the usual suspects”: Amazon, Apple, Facebook, [.].

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The New Age of Robots and What it Means for Jobs

Curious Cat

Innovation Management Economics engineering IT leadership organization as a system robots technology ToyotaI believe we have reached a turning point in the usefulness and effectiveness of industrial robots.

An Animated Look at Scientific Illustration

Mills Scofield

It's Science, Technology, Engineering (how the body works in the case of biological systems) and Math. Allison Chen Biology Design Education Engineering Innovation KinderSTEAM RISD STEAM STEM Systems

100% Of Companies Have This Problem

N2Growth Blog

Good business processes serve as the central nervous system for your organization providing a framework for every action, decision, activity or innovation to flow from and through. Process by default will never provide the benefits of good process engineering by design.

Robots for Health Care from Toyota

Curious Cat

Most often innovation efforts take the form of understanding the jobs your customers are using your products and service for now and developing new solutions to delight those customers. Occasionally innovation involves meeting completely new needs of customers.

Integrating Design Theory & the Scientific Process

Mills Scofield

This is Hanna''s story of how she''s working to create a common language to integrate design thinking with science and engineering. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~. If you can''t find what you''re looking for, just create it!

From Yurt to Beer Cooler: Adventures with Duct Tape

Mills Scofield

In true Brown fashion, we had an astrophysicist, a philosopher, two biomedical engineers, and an international development major (me). Brown University Design Ducktape Duct Tape Engineering Functional Fixedness Ian Gonsher Innovation Strategy Teamwork collaboration

Beginning our 14th year of the First Friday Book Synopsis, with Practically Radical and Change the Culture, Change the Game

First Friday Book Synopsis

I presented The Circle of Innovation by Tom Peters, and Karl presented The Leadership Engine: How Winning Companies Build Leaders at Every Level by Noel Tichy. (I’m Randy's blog entries first friday book synopsis Noel Tichy The Circle of Innovation The Leadership Engine: How Winning Companies Build Leaders at Every Level Tom PetersIn April of 1998, Karl Krayer and I presented synopses of the first two books selected for the 1st First Friday Book Synopsis.

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Bell Labs Designing a New Phone System Using Idealized Design

Curious Cat

Innovation Management Process improvement Systems thinking Ackoff case study engineering webcastI remember hearing this same story when Russ Ackoff spoke at the Hunter Conference on Quality (which was named in honor of my father ) in Madison, Wisconsin.

ESB International Energy Innovation – a B2B corporate blogging case study

Krishna De

Earlier this year, a new corporate blog was launched by ESB International called Energy Innovation. ESB International is an engineering consultancy business which is owned by ESB. {lang: 'en-GB'} Have you considered authoring a business blog or corporate blog?

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How IDEO brings design to corporate America

First Friday Book Synopsis

Whittier Professor at Stanford Edison Achievement Award for Innovation Fortune Magazine How IDEO brings design to corporate America National Academy of Engineers National Design Award in Product Design Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum Here is the introduction to a “must read” article written by Dinah Eng for FORTUNE Magazine (April 11, 2013). In it, David Kelley explains how the company he founded, IDEO, brings design to corporate America.

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Why Entrepreneurship Programs for Engineers Fail

Harvard Business Review

Entrepreneurs are known for their creativity and risk tolerance; engineers, mathematicians, and health care workers typically aren’t. Consider, for example, the ideal attributes of a civil engineer building an interstate bridge near your home. Do you picture a risk-tolerant engineer who is highly comfortable with uncertainty, or one who tends to prefer mathematical certainly? Jeffrey Coolidge/Getty Images.

Fighting the Fears that Block Creativity

First Friday Book Synopsis

Whittier Professor in Mechanical Engineering Doug Dietz GE Healthcare's magnetic resonance-imaging (MRI) equipment IDEO Stanford's Hasso Plassner Institute of Design ("d.school") The Ten Faces of Innovation the University of Tokyo Tom Kelley David Kelley HBR Blog NetworkHBR email alertsHere is an excerpt from an article written by Tom Kelley and David Kelley for Harvard Business Review and the HBR Blog Network.

Blogging on Business Update from Bob Morris (Week of 4/29/13)

First Friday Book Synopsis

I hope that at least a few of these recent posts will be of interest to you: BOOK REVIEWS Customer CEO: How to Profit from the Power of Your Customers Chuck Wall The Referral Engine: Teaching Your Business to Market Itself John Jantsch Disney U : How Disney University Develops the World’s Most Engaged, Loyal, [.].

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Eugene A. Fitzgerald: An interview by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

He received a BS degree in Materials Science and Engineering in 1985 from MIT and his PhD in the same discipline from Cornell University in 1989. Building upon his early experience at AT&T Bell Labs, he has created and led a series of fundamental innovations, from early technology to final implementation in the market. [.]. Flemings SMA Professor of Materials Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT World Scientific Publishing CompanyEugene A.

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Break the Innovation Chokehold: How to Stop Ruling Like a (Not-So-Benevolent) Dictator and Start Encouraging Big Ideas

Strategy Driven

Innovation. The boss must act as the ‘external force’ for continuous, systematic change and innovation in an organization. To achieve true innovation, you can’t lead like an iron-fisted dictator, where your word and only your word is final. Innovation Dustin S.

The Leader's Role in Vision Development

Coaching Tip

The Innovative Leader "Out Thinks". . Books Business Coaching Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Leadership Self-Awareness Skills Tips What is Work life assumptions beliefs business techniques engineering agreement guiding principles intangibles leaders leadership thomas h. The "Vision" describes the organization three to five years from now, answering the question "where are we going" in a way that makes us want to get there.