Army Staff and Innovation

In my study of innovation, I find it useful to look to a variety of sources. It occurred to me that innovation is no more important anywhere than in the military, where competition can be lethal. This article titled Staff Colonels Are Army’s Innovation Engines has some fascinating insights that are relevant to civilian organizations…

How Can You Iterate A Whole Building?

Rifle vs guided missile Design thinking emphasizes early feedback and constant course corrections. Whereas traditional planning methods produce extremely detailed plans for an entire project (aim, fire – like a rifle), these more modern approaches only plan a little bit in advance and use feedback to zero in on their target (fire, aim, aim, aim…

Feedback Is Vital To Innovation

Innovation is creativity that produces positive results Feedback is the mechanism to measure those results. Both design thinking and lean startup innovation strategies emphasize the importance of building in feedback early and often so that positive results can be maximized and negative results can be minimized. Getting feedback Your team has sweated the details to…

Design Thinking vs Lean Startup

Pot-ae-to, Pot-ah-to? Design thinking and lean startup are innovation strategies. The paper titled “Design Thinking Vs. Lean Startup: A Comparison of Two User-Driven Innovation Strategies” examines these two innovation strategies, their common traits, their differences, and how the two strategies might inform one another or produce a third strategy. Design thinking Design thinking is an…