Practice of Innovation

"The way we work is our most important innovation." Observations by Curtis R. Carlson


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Quartet Playing, Value Creation, and Active Learning

Chamber music helps define effective value creation methodologies “More people should play chamber music, even if they don’t play very well. They could learn a lot for their lives as human, social beings. It greatly helps to have a common goal. And the goal in our profession is so dominant, so interesting, and so varied that it’s worthwhile making the effort.”    Members of the Alban Berg string quartet   My.. Read More

3 Rules for Interdisciplinary R&D

Practices to Profoundly Improve Performance Note: this is from a YouTube I posted under Innovation for Impact (i4i), Curt Carlson Hi, Curt Carlson here with my value creation tip for the week.  I want to talk about a very important issue that can profoundly impact the prosperity of the United States — and the world. That is, how we can become much better at conducting interdisciplinary research, which is the.. Read More

What is Agile?

A Family of Different Value-Creation Methods If you are like me, you are likely confused by all the different forms of Agile, Lean, SCRUM, Lean Startup, I-Corps, Waterfall, Six Sigma, and Funnel.  Then, after you figure that out, the next questions are to understand what method to use in a given situation?  Here are some thoughts on those questions. I gave an online speech this week, Innovation for Impact, at.. Read More

Innovation for Impact (i4i)

Properties of an i4i Enterprise My friend Steve Denning wrote a paper that describes some of the characteristics of an Agile enterprise.  Agile is a popular methodology that Steve writes about at Forbes almost every week.  He asked me how I would define an enterprise using our Innovation for Impact (i4i) methodology.  As I have written about here, an early version of i4i was used to create HDTV, Siri (now.. Read More

NABC Value Propositions

A Process for Systematic Innovative Success Here is a podcast with Hunter Hastings from the Mises Institute where we discuss the fundamentals of value creation.  Below is an introduction to the webcast and a graphic for NABC value propositions.  As I describe, the four NABC elements are the starting point for all new innovations.  If you cannot address all four, you have still not figured out what to do next.