Practice of Innovation

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


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Will You Succeed?

Measure Your Innovative Potential Can your enterprise or team succeed?  I have created two spread sheets that allow you to measure the innovative potential of your enterprise and your project team.  I call them the Enterprise Innovative Index and the Project Innovative index.  A discussion about their design and utility can be found by clicking on either Innovative Indices at the top of the home page or here.   The Enterprise Index spread.. Read More

Computers That Love Us

Value Hierarchy in a People-Centric Economy Are we obsolete? There are endless articles about what society will do once artificial intelligence, robotics, 3-D manufacturing, drones, and driverless cars can design, make, and deliver products and services better, faster, and cheaper than humans.  Will there be any jobs?  What does GDP mean when products are ubiquitous and almost free?  Will our world be a dystopia or a utopia? 

Customer Value Analysis

Products, Services, and Prospect Theory Behavioral science is now an influential part of economics. It needs to become a more important part of the discipline of innovation. Although the discussion below is somewhat speculative, it highlights important perceptual attributes of “customer value.” Prospect Theory inspired this discussion, but the focus is quite different. Therefore I call it “Customer Value Analysis,” a model to help better evaluate the relative merits of.. Read More

Will There Be Any Jobs?

Innovation, Value, and the Way We Work  Every day there is another article about how automation will decimate the workforce. Ray Kurzweil says computer intelligence will catch up with humans by 2029. Does that mean we have only 14 years of dominance left? If true, why bother doing anything at this point? Predicting the future is impossible; no one is there yet. But the history of artificial intelligence suggests it.. Read More

Creativity and Innovation

The Arts and Entertainment In a recent post stimulated by a conversation with David Nordfors and Pramod Khargonekar and his team at NSF, I suggested a more general definition for innovation: Innovation is the creation and delivery of surprising new knowledge that has sustainable value for society. All innovations are surprising and all are, to some degree, sustainable.   Otherwise, as we have discussed at this blog, they are not innovations.