BiF-4 Insights – Richard Satava – University of Washington

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Permission to fail and not micro-managing R&D teams is key. Have to think about shrink-wrapping maintenance and long-term service. Operationalizing technology is not easy– Many projects fail in operationalization “Technology Readiness Levels”– Learn More Once a technology reaches consumer acceptance, potentially innovation stops. Gas to induce suspended animation?– Learn More For more information on the talk, go here.

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BiF-4 Insights – James Ludwig – Steelcase

Gen Y Research: We now will have four generations in the workplace at same time How they work How they interact Tech savvy Have a lot of experiences They demand the best in technology immediately Gen Y is more motivated by having access to the latest than by money They also enjoy accessibility and collaboration Collaboration is now part of ...

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BiF-4 Insights – Jason Fried – 37Signals

Jason Fried of 37Signals.com told a story about his decision to learn how to cook. What he found is that he ended up buying his cooking gear from people who were teaching him things. The cookbooks and the cooking gear were from famous chefs. “Why don’t companies have cooking shows?” “Can you out-teach or out-share the competition?” The 37signals hiring ...

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BiF-4 Insights – Curt Columbus – Trinity Rep

Curt Columbus heads up Providence’s Trinity Rep theater company and started off his talk speaking about Robert D. Putnam’s book “Bowling Alone“. Here are some of they key insights from Curt’s storytelling session: “We lack places for random interaction.” “We sit on airplanes next to people we never talk to…” “The end of democracy lies in that isolation from random ...

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Business Innovation Factory (BiF-4) Opening

Saul Kaplan, Chief Catalyst of Business Innovation Factory kicked off the conference and here are the key insights from his opening salvo to the innovation conference: “It’s time to stop admiring the problems.” “Innovation is not about invention, but about creating more value.”(a view I share) “Find the opportunity in the grey areas inbetween our silos.” “Successful leaders will experiment ...

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Business Innovation Factory (BIF-4) – Day One

Day One at Business Innovation Factory (BIF-4) was quite interesting. The storytelling format was interesting and a bit of a departure from the canned Microsoft PowerPoint routine. I will have to post my detailed thoughts tomorrow as I had to do a bit of work for my large software company and marketing agency clients before I could start blogging tonight. ...

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Blogging from Business Innovation Factory

This week I will be attending the Business Innovation Factory (BIF-4) conference in Providence, Rhode Island. The focus of the conference is of course innovation, but seeking to bring it to life with storytelling. I will do my best to bring you highlights from some of the most interesting stories and the most intriguing insights. If you happen to also ...

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