Monthly Archives: October 2015

The Age of Innovation

While as impactful as the Industrial Revolution and the Internet Age were, they will pale in comparison to what lays just over the horizon. Innovation will be the key to success in this era of rapid technological advancement and adoption.

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Business Hacking

There’s an intriguing term known as Life hacking. According to Wikipedia, “Life hacking refers to any trick, shortcut, skill or novelty method that increases productivity and efficiency, in all walks of life … anything that solves an everyday problem in an inspired, ingenious manner. The term is primarily used by...

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Lifting the Lid on UDI’s Pandora’s Box

While working to comply with the rule, manufacturers have realized that the problem to be solved is multi-faceted and interconnected. It’s like the ancient Greek myth of Pandora opening the box releasing the not-so-pleasant things into the world. Although kinder to the industry than originally anticipated, the FDA’s UDI ruling is more complicated than just a labeling change, making implementation a challenge.

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How Design Thinking Uses Story and Prototyping

An early ah-ha moment that sparked my interest in user-centered design was watching an ABC NightLine episode. They showed how IDEO re-designed a shopping cart in one week. The video from the 90’s is still valuable and easily found on YouTube (search for IDEO Shopping Cart). IDEO’s process was depicted as using an eclectic team of...

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Nudity, Great Food and Disruptive Innovation

Both Playboy magazine and restaurateur Danny Meyer have been in the news this week for disruptive business model innovations that challenge deeply help assumptions within the respective worlds. Disrupting yourself in risky, but can be a hard necessity if the world you operate in is changing in ways that leave you vulnerable to external disruption. However, how many businesses would be able to embrace this kind of reinvention of their business models? When was the last time you confronted you hidden assumptions and 'givens'.

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