An article about the new innovation approach at the new DuPont. Given this slate of opportunities, Dembek says, the most important part of her job is choosing the right ones. This requires intimacy with the customer to “understand the important and valuable end-user challenges in the key industries that we serve,” she says. “ ‘Important and
From AgFunder News, a discussion of the new technologies and practices to preserve agricultural land while it’s being used. “Some terms defy definition. ‘Sustainable agriculture’ has become one of them,” writes the USDA National Agricultural Library. “In such a quickly changing world, can anything be sustainable? What do we want to sustain?” Amid increasing consumer demand
Here is an interesting perspective on how Design Thinking, Lean Startup and Agile dovetail with each other in the innovation process. What if there is a way to govern innovation by combining these methods using a design-led approach? In the end, each method enables faster, cheaper and replicable-at-scale processes. How can Design help us be
Here’s an interesting item from The Wall Street Journal: Don Schuerman, chief technology officer of Pegasystems Inc., has held several roles at the software company, ranging from senior systems engineer to director of solutions architecture. On weeknights, you might find him onstage acting like a spoiled child or singing about his love for heavy machinery.
Recently, Neal Gutterson of SmartOrg’s customer Corteva spoke with the CRISPR Journal about gene editing in plants. Unlike genetically-modified organisms, which incorporate foreign genes into a host species, CRISPR editing does what traditional plant breeding does — it just does it much faster. Neal explains the implications.
News from a SmartOrg client: VF Corporation’s Wrangler unit is now buying cotton for its blue jeans from environmentally-responsible farms. The cotton is grown, milled, spun, woven and sewn in the USA. “But as with any crop, there are plenty of ways to mitigate the potential damage caused by cotton. Wrangler’s Rooted line sources its
From Forbes Business Council: Your boss tells you to create the next multimillion-dollar blockbuster product. After all, you are the expert. Yet, no matter how much your team tries to think outside of the box, your innovation iterations can’t seem to break through the legacy product. Sure it has better bells and whistles, but at
How Google values failures as milestones on the path to innovation success. At Google, celebrating failure – from the daily disasters to the colossal catastrophes – removes fear and enables creativity. Think about the message that having a public graveyard of killed ideas sends to the nearly 100,0000 Google team members: That all ideas are
When you think about the future, there’s a lot you can’t yet know – but need to. You need a plan for learning those things in a way that supports your projects and programs. This article from MIT Sloan Management Review talks about approaches to learning plans. Implementing a Learning Plan to Counter Project Uncertainty