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Talks about innovation that is suitable for corporate managers.

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In Praise of Multidisciplinary Innovation Teams and Leaders

If you're wondering what that object is on this book's cover, wonder no more. It's a walking toaster of course! Surely you want one. That robot is a walking irony for this book's theme: Apply pragmatism to innovation. The alternative is innovation that amuses but doesn't sell. I first heard the mantra of multidisciplinary teams for new product development in 1976 from Perdue's Mike Pessemier based on his pioneering research. I was surprised to see these authors argue so strenuously for the same thing. It seems like some lessons have to be relearned before they stick. Of more novel significance are other aspects of this book: 1. The assertion that the next arena for intense competition that makes a difference will be in design rather than quality, production and delivery; 2. Seeing fantasy desires as being worthwhile needs to satisfy for even the most mundane, non-consumer goods; 3. Recognizing that multidisciplinary teams will work best if led by people who have multidisciplinary backgrounds, experiences and interests; and 4. Factor of 10 perspectives to help those involved see the bigger . . . and small pictures of who else is involved with a new product or service. All the best books about new product development emphasize process, communication, understanding and adding new perspectives. The Design of Things to Come is a winner, too, in those departments. Like all good books about product development, this one has lots of entertaining stories about interesting new offerings and how they were developed. Most of the examples were new to me or contained details I hadn't heard or read about before. Many books that argue for more of a design perspective in new products tend to be somewhat unconvincing. They frequently sound like a pitch from those who sell such services. The Design of Things to Come follows that theme, but the book's arguments and examples are more credible than other pro-design product development books I've read.

The Powers of Innovation

Craig M. Vogel, Jonathan Cagan , and Peter Boatwright write in the Preface of their book , "This book deconstructs innovation into understandable chunks that form a compelling argument of what innovation is, why it is important, and how you can begin to transform yourself and your company to meet the needs of the current marketplace. You cannot just hire innovative consultants; you have to learn to create an innovative culture organically within your company. That is the only way the core of your brand can be strategically connected to every product you make and service you provide. This book is also about people who are at the heart of the innovation process. We mention two types of people throughout this book: those who purchase and/or use the product or service, and those in companies who are the innovative developers of the products and services. We include scenarios about the users throughout this book to provide a context for each chapter. The scenarios that start these chapters are fictitious. A common practice used in the early phase of development of new products and services, scenarios are often composites that represent critical aspects of the lifestyle tendencies of the intended market. The second type of people referred to are people in companies, and all of these people that we describe in our chapters are real. They have been extremely helpful and supportive in letting us find out what makes them tick and what enables them to become one of the new breed of innovators. We have worked with them in developing many of the case studies throughout this book." In this context, they divide this invaluable book into eleven chapters, and summarize each of them as following: • Chapter 1. "Innovation is about people. Companies focus on customer needs, wants, and desires as they design new products; after all, products are purchased by and for those who will use them. Those who design the products also are people-ordinary people who apply their skills to develop new ideas and products. Yet certain individuals have evolved to a level of innovator who envisions, leads, and manages the complete context of a product or service. These people are the new breed of innovator, and they are the model for all of us to follow. Who are these innovators of today, how did they acquire the insight to innovate products that excite consumers, and how do they simultaneously inspire and motivate the people with whom they work? In this chapter we introduce three of these innovators in order to reveal their mentality and methods (p.1)." • Chapter 2. "As companies struggle to look for ways to compete against low-margin overseas competitors, they must turn to their creative side because cost-cutting manufacturing and quality initiatives no longer provide the competitive edge. Differentiation now must happen through innovation; that is the strategic weapon that drives profit in the new global economy (p.21)." • Chapter 3. "Despite the pervasive view that i

Must-reads for anyone who deals with the challenges of today's business environment

So you've now made the right decision. Now it is time to implement product strategy around those decisions. What kinds of products/services will resonate with consumers today? What do they want? The iPod is a harbinger of a revolution in product design: innovation that targets customer emotion, self-image, and fantasy, not just product function. You'll read the hidden stories behind BodyMedia's SenseWear body monitor, Herman Miller's Mirra Chair, Swiffer's mops, OXO's potato peelers, Adidas' intelligent shoes, the new Ford F-150 pickup truck, and many other winning innovations. You'll meet the innovators, learning how they inspire and motivate their people, as they shepherd their visions through corporate bureaucracy to profitable reality. These design revolutionaries have a healthy respect for the huge cultural and economic forces swirling around them, but they've gotten past the fear of failure, in order to surf the biggest waves - and deliver the most exciting breakthroughs. Along the way, the authors deconstruct the entire process of design innovation, showing how it really works, and how today's smartest companies are innovating more effectively than ever before. The Design of Things to Come will fascinate you - whether you're a consumer who's intrigued by innovation or an executive who wants to deliver more of it. "Much is being written about innovation that is of little utility to corporate managers, but this new book by Vogel, Cagan, and Boatwright is definitely worth reading. It disaggregates the broad concept of "innovation" into usable ideas and strategies that can be implemented. Whether it's the notion that manufacturing quality is the new commodity or designing for customer desire, this book breaks through all the chatter about innovation and deals with what's crucial for managers in their day-to-day work lives. I learned a great deal about innovation and design from it," says Bruce Nussbaum, editorial page editor for Business Week. From discovering the trends driving tomorrow's most profitable innovations, to designing for fantasy, to mastering the art of pragmatic innovation, The Design of Things To Come unleashes the power of today's best companies, building products and services that look great, feel great, and touch customers more deeply than ever before. The Design of Things To Come reveals who's doing it - and how. Innovation isn't just the best way for companies to stay profitable; increasingly, it's the only way. Simply put, this book reveals the future of innovation. Whether you're an executive, entrepreneur, or consumer, you'll find it utterly compelling.

The ROI of "Pragmatic Innovation"

In the Preface, the authors explain that their book "deconstructs innovation into understandable chunks that form a compelling argument of what innovation is, why it is important, and how [their reader] can begin to transform [herself or himself as well as her or his] company to meet the needs of the current marketplace." They focus their attention on those who are "at the heart of the innovation process." Throughout eleven chapters, they answer questions such as these: 1. What are the defining qualities and characteristics of "the new breed of innovator"? 2. Why is innovation `the only approach to differentiation"? 3. What does the process of innovation involve, indeed require? 4. How best to identify relevant and significant trends? 5. Then, how to respond to these trends as especially important opportunities? 6. How can (and should) innovation respond to human needs, interests, and even fantasies? 7. What is a "Powers of 10" analysis and why can its revelations be so valuable? 8. Why is B2B innovation the "new frontier of fantasy"? 9. How to plan and then implement a successful product development process? 10. How to establish and then nourish an innovation culture? In the Epilogue, the authors review various "powers of innovation," reaffirming that those who comprise the "new breed" embrace the principles and ideas of pragmatic innovation: "an interdisciplinary collaboration, a structured process of exploration, a balance between art and science, [and] a focus on experience and fantasy." These are the otherwise ordinary people who will, together, "design the extraordinary things to come." As I read this informative and thought-provoking book, I was again reminded of the fact that the same principles which Vogel, Cagan, and Boatwright cite and then explain have -- for decades -- guided and informed the "pragmatic innovation" of countless teams and even communities. For example, those which Warren Bennis and Patricia Ward Biederman examine in their book, Creating Genius: the Disney studios which produced so many animation classics; Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) which developed the first personal computer; Apple Computer which then took it to market; those in the so-called "War Room" who helped to elect Bill Clinton President in 1992; the so-called "Skunk Works" where so many of Lockheed's greatest designs were formulated; Black Mountain College which "wasn't simply a place where creative collaboration took place" for the artists in residence from 1933 to 1956, "it was about creative collaboration"; and Los Alamos (NM) and the University of Chicago where the Manhattan Project eventually produced a new weapon called "the Gadget." Those who share my high regard for this book are urged to check out the aforementioned Organizing Genius as well as Evan I. Schwartz's Juice: The Creative Fuel That Drives World-Class Inventors; three volumes in the Harvard Business Review Paperback Series on Breakthrough Thinking, Innovation, and The In

Don't Stop At Success - Ideas For Pragmatic Innovation

Every company, whether large of small, faces greater competition than ever before. The huge increase in design schools, engineering schools, and business schools around the world promise that competition will become ever more fierce. Cost cutting alone will not get the job done because only one company in each segment can be the low cost producer. It is innovation that allows for many competitors and increased profits. That is why so many books and schools talk about innovation. However, it is very difficult to teach someone to be creative. Many try to take a riskless and incremental approach to innovation and while that is better than the status quo it leaves one vulnerable to the competitions better efforts. However, the risk in wandering into more ambiguous areas of your business for innovation make management uncomfortable and if done wrong can lead to a swift demise. Hence, it is often avoided by successful companies. We have seen the automotive companies remove billions upon billions from their cost structure and they are still in trouble. It is finding innovation that customers will not only buy, but also pay MORE for that is the Holy Grail of modern business. This book proposes what the authors call Pragmatic Innovation as a way to choose wisely which Grail you drink from. For them this is a form of innovation that includes interdisciplinary collaboration, a structured process of exploration, a balance between art and science, a focus on experimentation and fantasy, and to this I will add good luck. It is always that feel for how much line to let out and how much tension to use to reign in without things either breaking or getting away from you that make the difference. How can that be communicated? It certainly can't be put into a checklist. The broad range of case studies offered in this book help. We look at diesel fuel additives, vegetable peelers, pickup-truck seating, computerized running shoes, and a lot more. In laying out the ground rules for the innovator their point three is my favorite: Don't Stop At Success. And that is an important imperative in the contemporary environment. This is a solid book and offers a lot of food for thought. Of course you are unlikely to agree with or use everything here. However, if you can pick up a few ideas that spark your creativity and give you a new path it will have been well worth the read.
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