The BEST BOOK I’ve read this year! 

The BEST BOOK I’ve read this year! 

I LOVE this book.  Having “been there / done that” - it speaks of truth like few books do.

TO MAKE RIDERS FASTER by Anna Dopico, tells the amazing and inspiring story of how two young engineers,  Phil White and Gerard Vroomen, against all odds, took their bike company, Cervelo, on a 16 year roller-coaster ride from a basement workshop in Montreal to the pinnacle of triathlon and road racing.

Jump Start Your Brain - Spark Deck 6.6.2018

This week's spark deck includes:

Future Mining: Italy's giant rodent problem is addressed by a novel solution - How could you turn a negative into a positive?

Patent Mining: Japan to trial world's first urine test for Cancer - Is their academic research that could change your business?

Market Mining: Most resorts have ski in options, but how about skiing out? Are you making it as easy as possible for your customers to say yes?

Why are so many people against CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT?

Why are so many people against CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT?

SIX TIMES last week I was challenged…. “Why do you keep changing?”   In each case it was said with a sense of humor laced with anxiety.   The confrontations occurred following advanced “peek” discussions of “beta versions” of upgrades to our Innovation Engineering software tools and Brain Brew Whiskey(e)y bourbons.   The tools offer a 10X increase in innovation speed - the whiskey’s offer 2 to 1 consumer preference.   Despite these benefits - passive aggressive resistance remains to both. 


3 Signs Your Project is DOA

3 Signs Your Project is DOA

1. Lack of Project Clarity

Clearly if no one else understands the project being worked on, it is going to be hard to get everyone moving in the right direction.  And yet, this is a top reason why projects get killed or slowly disappear.

How can you overcome this?  As a start, write down a definition of what the project is, an ideal customer for the project, and what the project solves for that ideal customer's problem.  

Once it is written down, it becomes less ethereal and a sort of first vetting of the project.  It also tests how others understand the project from the perspective of both the project team as well as for the potential customer. 

Jump Start Your Brain - Spark Deck 5.15.2018

This week's spark deck includes:

Market Mining: Whoop the wearable subscription - are there additional benefits you could provide through subscriptions?

Unrelated Mining: Did you know Iron Man the movie was supposed to break even? And the toys were expected to be the moneymaker? What non-profitable parts of your business could you leverage for profit?

Future Mining: Data Privacy is huge today - How can you emphasize privacy with your customers?

Balancing Speed and Discipline

Balancing Speed and Discipline

One thing people love about Innovation Engineering to the constant cycles of learning. There is always something new to discover or an idea to test and improve. When you embrace the mindset, failing fast and cheap becomes fun. Plus the tools give you methods to move even faster and learn more. What people don’t always love is the documentation.

Let the Ideas Fly

Let the Ideas Fly

Just like Ricky Bobby said, “If you ain’t first, you’re last!” If someone else beats you to the punch, you’ll be missing out on a huge opportunity.

So, how can we push for speed while innovating? The answer, PDSA cycles. During an innovation project, we push to run these cycles as quickly as possible to keep things moving forward and so that good ideas can become a reality.


Jump Start Your Brain - Spark Deck 4.11.2018

This week's spark deck includes:

Wisdom Mining: Some believe Uber and Lyft cause congestion in cities - What are the unintended consequences of your actions?

Patent Mining: Are you sure that you solving a problem that your customer thinks needs to be solved?

Unrelated Mining: How many holes does a straw have? Are you absolute in your business or offering numbers?

BIG VICTORY + TEAM TRUTHS + ONCE IN A LIFETIME +

BIG VICTORY + TEAM TRUTHS + ONCE IN A LIFETIME +

I bring you good news… there are some amazing things happening.   

BIG VICTORY:  The Eureka! Ranch’s BRAIN BREW Craft Whisk(e)y Distillery did the impossible.  In the world’s most prestigious craft whiskey competition - every Brain Brew product scored HIGHLY RECOMMENDED (90 points plus) or EXCEPTIONAL (95 points plus).   This is unheard of results for any craft distillery.  Even more impressive it happened in 2.5 years not 12 or 18 years.  THE SECRET TO OUR SUCCESS …. The Innovation Engineering mindset and methods.   YES - the same stuff that I’m teaching next Tuesday and Wednesday at the course described below under ONCE IN A LIFETIME.

 

Jump Start Your Brain - Spark Deck 3.21.2018

This week's spark deck includes:

Market Mining: A deposit box that holds 2.25 billion seeds :: How can you expand to larger than ever imaginable?

Unrelated Mining: A personal bunker...how can you plan for the future, but have fun while doing it?

Wisdom Mining: The Solar Bubble Dryer a safer way for farmers to dry their crops...are there ways to bring technology to areas that can't support it?

Spring Cleaning

Spring Cleaning

The Lemmon household is getting ready to move. While packing I was reminded of all the things in my house. Opening some closets and cabinets felt like Christmas morning, because I had no idea what treasures I might find. Books, games, calculators, and musical instruments all got boxed up as I look forward to using them in the new house. I noticed how some of things I’m packing were getting worn out. This made me think about replacing them with a better version. I also found plenty of junk that I haven’t used in years. It felt good to donate it or throw it away to make space for new things. I could have just boxed everything up and moved it to the new house, but there is value in spending the time to go through it all.

Jump Start Your Brain - Spark Deck 3.14.2018

This week's spark deck includes:

Market Mining: A deposit box that holds 2.25 billion seeds :: How can you expand to larger than ever imaginable?

Unrelated Mining: A personal bunker...how can you plan for the future, but have fun while doing it?

Wisdom Mining: The Solar Bubble Dryer a safer way for farmers to dry their crops...are there ways to bring technology to areas that can't support it?

Being Ok with Looking Dumb

Being Ok with Looking Dumb

In today’s information age with anything you could possibly want to know just a search away it’s easy to feel like we know everything. We’ve become experts in every field as no information is out of our reach and we never have to say “I don’t know”. But the truth is there’s still plenty we don’t know and there are things even Google can’t teach us. When we reach these moments of uncertainty it’s important to be able to admit that you don’t know to turn a moment of ignorance into a moment of learning.

Jump Start Your Brain - Spark Deck 3.1.2018

This week's spark deck includes:

Future Mining: A-Commerce what is it and what may it mean for your business?

Unrelated Mining: What is Divergent Microfactories? And what can you learn from them?

Technology Mining: Moen Velocity Eco-Performance Rainshower how was it inspired? Could you find similar inspiration?