Practice of Innovation

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

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Innovation’s Importance

“Our most important innovation is the way we work” Since innovation is the primary driver of human progress, activities that speed up or improve innovative success have special importance.  There are many inputs that can improve innovative performance, including education, government policy, and investments.  But ultimately they impact how we work — how we create value for our customers — how we innovate.   Today’s innovative performance is generally poor.  It.. Read More

Innovation is Learning, Searching, and Creating

“Learn fast to succeed early.”  Yes.  “Fail fast to succeed early.”  No! The right concepts move us forward.  The wrong concepts hold us back. In Silicon Valley it is often said, “You must fail fast to succeed early.”  That is tragically wrong.  The goal is never to fail fast.  It is also demoralizing.  

“Mother of All Demos”

Douglas Engelbart Douglas Engelbart (1925 to 2013) was one of the world’s greatest innovators and scientific pioneers, having created at SRI International (at the time Stanford Research Institute) the computer mouse, hypertext, networked computers, and the graphical user interface.  That is, he created the fundamental ideas behind the modern PC interface, including multiple windows, real-time text editing, and video teleconferencing. Engelbart’s overriding mission was to augment human intelligence so that society could more.. Read More

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