Improvement Versus Innovation

Does success breed success? Kaizen is a Japanese word for improvement. In manufacturing circles kaizen is used to describe continuous improvement – constantly refining processes to improve the quality of the outcome. In an earlier article I made the point that the small batches forced by limited manufacturing might created an opportunity for Japanese manufacturers…

Repeatable Genius

Steve Jobs is one of the most idolized tech entrepreneurs of all time. He put Apple on its path to be the first trillion dollar company the world has ever seen. While many credit this success to Jobs’ product design prowess, in his book titled “The Way To Design“, Steve Vassallo offers another explanation: Steve…

Insanity: Building The Model 3 In A Tent

Shockingly bad In June 2018, Bloomberg published an article describing Tesla’s latest controversial measure – producing Model 3 cars in a tent covering the area of two football fields, constructed in the parking lot of their existing Fremont, California production facility. (The tent is visible in the title image of this post, behind the Model…

Change Agents

You and your significant other are sitting on the couch when you begin to feel a chill. You get up and adjust the thermostat. Congratulations. You have made a change. You have demonstrated agency. You are a change agent! Reactions One possible reaction (whether internal or overt) from your SO (significant other) is, “Knock yourself…

Cutting Rhythms: On-screen Drafting

This Guy Edits “This Guy Edits” is a Youtube channel devoted to the art and science of editing video. In this video, “this guy” Sven Pape discusses on-screen drafting with Dr Karen Pearlman.  Pearlman is a writer, director, editor and author of the book “Cutting Rhythms, Shaping the Film Edit”. A chapter in Cutting Rhythms describes…

Move The Dartboard

That was easy This Youtube video shows a motor-controlled dartboard that uses sensors and a computer to move the dartboard so that you can throw a dart off target and still hit the bullseye. To me this is an excellent illustration of the power of Design Thinking. Design Thinking does two things – it focuses…

Design Thinking Questions

Presenting at York Earlier this week I had the pleasure of presenting my talk on Design Thinking to my York University colleagues in various IT departments. The best part of making these presentations is the immediate feedback I get. This time I got three questions I wanted to wrestle with here in greater depth. How…