Monthly Archives: August 2011

DIY Manufacturing – Run Your Own Factory at Home

WIRED editor-in-chief Chris Anderson and Autodesk CEO Carl Bass discuss the future of 3D printing, and how amateur designers may soon be able to build resource-intensive products like furniture using remote but cost-effective tools. The New Industrial Revolution: How Web Innovation Models Are Transforming Manufacturing. Featuring Carl Bass, President & CEO, Autodesk, in conversation with Chris Anderson. Carl Bass is ...

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Devilish Variable Pricing Schemes

Variable pricing – charging different prices for the same seat depending on different variables of the particular game (opponent, date and starting time, etc.) – has come to New Jersey. The NJ Devils recently announced a three-tier pricing structure that will charge higher than normal prices for the more popular games and lower than normal prices for some of the ...

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What are the new paradigms in innovation?

There are some huge shifts taking place across innovation activities. The simple fact that innovation has been thrown open and organizations and individuals can simply explore outside their existing paradigms is offering us something we have yet to fully grasp and leverage. This is a W-I-P for us all. Secondly innovation is simply getting faster, better is another story, but ...

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Taking Chances, Research Scientist as Hero

Working with people and teams in launching new innovation programs is truly an amazing experience. You find heroes in every business who truly bring the “how” of innovation to life. I had the privilege to work with one of these American Heroes recently, and his story inspires me. He is a baby-boomer research scientist who knew in his bones his ...

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Iteration, Collaboration, and Innovation

“Even a brown box can be innovative when you think about supply chain, how you bring it to market,” Waite says. But that can only happen if you provide an atmosphere where your employees’ innovation can thrive. “I have to make sure I give them freedom and latitude, and make sure I don’t shut them down,” says Waite, who personally ...

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Your Implementation is Complete. Now, Where is the ROI?

Envision this situation: You and your team have successfully made it through go-live of your product portfolio management (PPM) software solution and you now have a system that is operational and being used to drive more effective decision making in the business. Things are going well until an executive asks you if the program is generating the benefits committed to in the business case. You stare at the executive blankly and stumble through the words, “I think so.” What do you do now?

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Thanks, Steve

An Ode to the “Great Man” of Innovation All good things must come to an end. In 1986, after an incredible seven-year relationship with Apple, the brilliant advertising agency Chiat/Day – responsible for such masterpieces as the famous “1984” Super Bowl commercial, and by far the era’s best print ads for the computer industry – was unduly ousted (as Steve ...

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Open Innovation is Opening Up

In case you’ve been out of town or very busy with your workload, you haven’t failed to miss the fact that the ongoing recession (or very slow recovery, if that’s what it is) is not creating the atmosphere for a lot of hiring by larger corporations. In fact, somewhere in the neighborhood of 10 million people are out of work, ...

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