Design

Tiny Things Make Us Happy

(and Convince Us to Buy) by Glen Stansberry My wife and I live in a modest two room apartment. We drive a used car, don’t eat out a lot, and we have a solid budget that we (usually) stick to. Yet there are still a few things that we splurge on. For example, instead of buying regular plastic carton milk, ...

Read More »

Engineering Your Way Out of the Recession

Like you, I have been thinking a lot about the recession. We all want to know how to move ourselves to the other side, where things are somewhat normal (the old normal, not the new one). Like usual, my mind immediately goes to products. To me, having the right products is vital to pulling ourselves out of this thing. There ...

Read More »

Too Critical of Apple iPad?

I wrote earlier about how I was underwhelmed by my Apple iPad after the first few weeks of use. With my iPhone and my laptop always handy, I just never had a real need to use it. Now I need to (slightly) revise that opinion. I just came back from a two week vacation with my kids, my wife, and ...

Read More »

Who Owns Cost?

I’ve heard product cost is designed in; I’ve heard it happens at the early stages of product development; And, I’ve heard, once designed in, cost is difficult get out. I’m sure you’ve heard this before. Nothing new here. But, is it true? Is cost really designed in? Why do I ask? Because we don’t behave like it’s true. Because was ...

Read More »

Idea Of D.School Meets B.School is Not New

Three People Advocated It Very Early On by Idris Mootee I was speaking a keynote yesterday at an Innovation Camp. It was great place to share our stories and our journey to make innovation a ‘business’ discipline. I showed the audience the path to innovation is never a logical one. The fuzziness goes beyond the front end and extends into ...

Read More »

Should the Era of Six Sigma End?

Five percent here, three percent there. I’m tired as hell of continuous improvement. Sure there’s a place for it, but it shouldn’t be the only type of work we do. But, unfortunately, that’s just what’s happened in manufacturing. To secure the balance sheet, the pendulum swung too far toward continuous improvement. Just look at what we’re writing about – the ...

Read More »

The Voice of Serendipity

Many products are invented accidentally. Serendipity led to the microwave oven, corn flakes, Teflon®, penicillin, fireworks, Viagra®, chocolate chip cookies, and the most famous of all accidents…the Post-it® note. The problem with serendipity is it’s not predictable. It is not an innovation method one would count on for corporate growth. But there is value in serendipity if you can unlock ...

Read More »

Part I – What does a product change?

I’m a compass and map guy. I walk in the woods. I don’t get lost. I’ve managed that without a compass and map. Water goes down to the road. Follow the water. In a city, I always buy those big thick map books with the street indexes. I have it at my side as I’m driving. Badly though, I consult ...

Read More »

Enough Design Thinking Theory Already

How About Let’s Start With Design Thinking 101? by Idris Mootee I’ve written extensively and spoken publicly a lot about the myth of design thinking. Honestly I am getting a little tired reading about it myself. How people can over theorized a very simple idea and now the term is becoming another buzzword. What is design thinking? Design thinking is ...

Read More »