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

PDSA - What Does Plan Really Mean During An Innovation Project?

Posted by Lydia Carson on Nov 17, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Many people are familiar with the most basic version of the scientific method, Plan, Do, Study, Act (PDSA), also known as the Shewhart or Deming Cycle.  Those of us who are engineers or scientists tend to use PDSA quite frequently, so you might think we’d have the process down pat.

Unfortunately, not so.  Even with the best of intentions, super-smart innovation project teams often skip over the most important part of Plan.  They interpret the word like the simple Merriam-Wester definition, when it should be more.

plan (noun): something that a person intends to do

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Topics: innovation, Dr. Deming, fail fast fail cheap

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

Failing Oh So Fast

Posted by David Lafkas on Oct 27, 2015 10:00:00 AM

So, I didn’t know.  I needed help.  And I failed.  And it is good.

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Topics: innovation, leadership, fail fast fail cheap

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