Igniting Innovation: Tips, Sparks and Ideas for Acting on Innovation

Scott Dunkle

Scott Dunkle
Scott is the Tech Guy. The leader of all things digital creating an innovation platform like no other in the world. And he never misses a chance to throw in a Star Wars reference.
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Are You Out of Touch With Your Innovation Boundaries?

Posted by Scott Dunkle on Oct 18, 2016 10:47:03 AM

I recently read a post about the difficulties of becoming of CTO and the struggles of no longer being part of the “doing the menial work” crowd as it relates to a web programming department of an organization.

The job of the leader in this instance isn’t to be on the forefront finding and implementing new technologies, but instead to provide guidance on which technologies can be implemented - and when - based on the information provided by the person that researched it.

So often the leader of an organization or department sets boundaries on how far the employees can go with their research, “because I’m the leader and I know from experience what is best”. How do you know what is best now compared to when you WERE in the trenches?

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Topics: innovation, Leading Innovation

Don’t be a Helicopter Leader

Posted by Scott Dunkle on Jun 16, 2016 1:31:41 PM

Summer.  The time of year when many children and teenagers head off to summer camp for a week of independence.  Parents everywhere are wondering at that moment and throughout the week: “will my child lose all their things?”…“will my child make the right decisions?”

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Topics: innovation, leadership, fail fast fail cheap

Why Can’t STEM methods be for adults too?

Posted by Scott Dunkle on May 12, 2016 10:02:39 AM

If you were to look in any motivated progressive school district these days, all the way from upper-elementary through middle and high school, you will see evidence of STEM being taught at the heart of the curriculum.  Educators began realizing that the push over the last couple decades towards more and more standardized tests was creating a generation of smart knowledgable adults that were less likely to get down and dirty and “make” things to solve problems.

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Topics: innovation, stem, pdsa

How Can Benjamin Franklin Manage Your Innovation Project?

Posted by Scott Dunkle on Apr 14, 2016 10:00:00 AM

When it comes to Time Management and Decision Making, few thought leaders have come close to longer lasting methods than those of Benjamin Franklin.

The cornerstone of Innovation Engineering, project management bases itself on managing Milestones, Death Threats, and Tasks in order to make decisions and deliver your projects faster. 

Time Management

Many of Franklin’s time management methods can be applied to your own daily improvement of habits, as well as projects using the Innovation Engineering methods. In this article, the author mentions three key elements that are present in Franklin’s methods:

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Topics: innovation, innovation process, innovation pipeline

What has a greater impact on organizational growth? Strategy or leadership?

Posted by Scott Dunkle on Mar 10, 2016 10:04:49 AM

This week's post is brought to you by Rhonda Honke an Innovation Engineering Black Belt at inVision Edge our partner in Canada...

“Strategy will not succeed in a void, and leadership often makes the difference between merely reaching for great opportunities and actually realizing their potential.”  – McKinsey Report, Tsun-yan Hsieh and Sara Yik.

I had an interesting conversation a few weeks ago with a senior leader in a successful manufacturing organization. He proudly spoke about the company’s products and employees and beamed as he walked me through the facility, pointing out visual systems, key performance indicators, and lean improvements they have made over the years. He talked of mentoring his next level leaders to improve their confidence and decision making abilities; so much so that his job was a bit ‘boring’ now.

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Topics: innovation, leadership, strategy

Fear of the Fresh Start

Posted by Scott Dunkle on Feb 11, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Throw away your lowest performing, most confusing product or idea. Do it. Now. Throw it away.

Okay, let’s make it again. A fresh start, if you will. How would you go about it differently? How would it look, act, or feel different? No! Do not go over and pull it out of the trash to get ideas - they’re already in your head, and that is half of the problem.

Let’s start with a couple questions:

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Topics: Create, innovation

Mental Growth Spurts of Innovation

Posted by Scott Dunkle on Jan 7, 2016 10:00:00 AM

As a parent, you can usually tell when your children are about to have a growth spurt - maybe some body changes such as their face getting rounder, and they begin to eat more than usual.  Notice how the body doesn’t just keep growing at a constant rate throughout childhood but instead does it in spurts? Motor (physical), Fine Motor (small physical movement), Social Emotional (interaction through to imaginative play), Communication and Sensory development all can’t happen at once because of the energy and toll it takes on the body and mind.  I find my own children sleep longer and more soundly during their growth spurts.

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Topics: innovation, collaboration

Drop Some of That Innovation Baggage

Posted by Scott Dunkle on Dec 8, 2015 10:00:00 AM

So your company is going to do a Create Session to come up with some new ideas for products to pursue? What about all the in-process or already delivered ideas in your current pipeline, do you have the space and capacity for them all?

Companies large and small frequently face the challenge of allocating resources when new shiny ideas come along, even those as big as Apple.

The time and money to remove a project or product from the portfolio may deter you as much as starting a new one.

In the web development space, we call this technical debt. Technical debt is basically items that need to be finished in order to consider a project complete, but are often pushed off until later due to changing direction or focus. When too much debt builds up, you have more items to take into account as new ideas are piled on.

Technical, or Design Debt tends to develop out of business pressures, lack of proper resources, and lack of alignment with business goals and mission during the life cycle of an idea.

Example: Have you ever moved to a new house or apartment with the aspiration of getting rid of all your junk before you moved, only to end up packing it up and moving a majority of it at the end due to lack of time?

According to entertainer and home decorating guru Martha Stewart, “Getting rid of clutter will reduce housework by 40 percent”.

How many of us would enjoy ridding ourselves of 40 percent of the tedious mundane daily work to focus more on the shiny new ideas? I’ve seen that light at the end of the tunnel and it looks glorious.

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Topics: Create, innovation, Innovation Culture

Conformity in the Face of the Big Bad Wolf of Innovation

Posted by Scott Dunkle on Nov 10, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Look around to those you work closely with. How much are you alike? How much do you agree or disagree on the course of action you take on a daily basis?

One of the most important drivers of success in company teams is the diversity of thought, opinion and experience of it’s members.

When the speed and frequency of your project cycles to meet a company deadline are on the line - there is one aspect of diversity, when in the presence of fear and uncertainty that rises to the top… Conformity.

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Topics: innovation, strategy, fail fast fail cheap

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