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1 Teamwork and Innovation: An Example from IDEO Karl A. Smith Engineering Education – Purdue University Civil Engineering - University of Minnesota Pegadogies of Engagement – Cooperative Learning and Problem-Based Learning Pre-Conference Workshop RCEE 2007 Johor November 26, 2007

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5 5 The Innovation Journey VandeVen, Polley, Garud & Venkataraman, The innovation journey is a nonlinear cycle of divergent and convergent activities that may repeat over time and at different organizational levels if resources are obtained to renew the cycle, p. 16.

6 IDEO – Deep Dive Video ABC News Nightline - 7/13/99 Available From ABC News Store Kelley, Tom and Littman, Jonathan (2001) The art of innovation: Lessons in creativity from IDEO, America=s leading design firm. New York: Random House

7 IDEO – “The Deep Dive” IDEO has been identified as America’s Leading Design Firm. IDEO’s special ingredients: Teams Culture Methodology

8 IDEO – “The Deep Dive” Viewing Perspectives: Teams Culture Methodology Videographer

9 “THE DEEP DIVE” Five Days at I D E O

10 Components of IDEO process Creation of “Hot Teams” Brainstorming Rapid Prototyping Observing & Listening from Customers Thinking of products in terms of verbs, rather than nouns

11 IDEO’s Teams Named “Hot Teams.” Multidisciplinary. Group leader is assigned based on their abilities to work with groups.

12 Seven Secrets for Better Brainstorming 1.Sharpen the focus 2.Playful rules 3.Number your ideas 4.Build and jump 5.The space remembers 6.Stretch your mental muscles 7.Get physical

13 Playful Rules One conversation at a time Stay focused on the task Encourage wild ideas Go for quantity Be visual Defer judgment Build on the ideas of others

14 IDEO’s Culture Employees design their own working areas. Employees have interest and skills to work with a wide range of people. No hierarchies.

15 Build Your Greenhouse Building Neighborhoods Think Project, Think Personal Building Blocks Inspiration from Adversity Prototype Your space Create a Team Icon Watch Your Body Language Simple Team Space Hierarchy is the Enemy of Team Space Give Your Workers a View Tell Stories Make Your Junk Sing

16 Build Your Greenhouse Building Neighborhoods Areas of Congregation Lounge / Common Area Mainstreet Forced Interaction Need for Privacy Quiet Areas Individuality

17 Five steps to IDEO’s innovation Understand the market/client/technology/ constraints Observe real people in real situations Visualize new-to-the-world concepts & ultimate customers Evaluate & refine prototypes Implement new concept for commercialization

18 IDEO’s Method user desirability technical feasibility business viability insights and opportunities implementation ObservationImplementationPrototyping Brainstorming

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21 21 Ideo's five-point model for strategizing by design: Hit the Streets Recruit T-Shaped People Build to Think The Prototype Tells a Story Design Is Never Done Design Thinking Discipline Thinking Tom Friedman Horizontalize Ourselves AAC&U College Learning For the New Global Century

22 Innovation Resources Additional Perspectives on Innovation: DEC - Schein, Edgar H., et.al DEC is dead: Long live DEC – The lasting legacy of Digital Equipment Corporation. San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler. The Innovation Journey – Van de Ven, Andrew H., Polley, Douglas E., Garud, Raghu & Venkataraman, Sankaran The Innovation Journey. New York: Oxford University Press. Organizational Change and Innovation Processes – Poole, Marshall S., Van de Ven, Andrew H., Dooley, Kevin, and Holmes, Michael E Organizational Change and Innovation Processes: Theory and Methods for Research. New York: Oxford University Press. Weird Ideas that Work – Sutton, Robert I Weird Ideas that Work: 11-1/2 Practices for Promoting, Managing, and Sustaining Innovation. New York: Free Press.

23 DEC – Culture of Innovation The DEC culture emphasized: Creativity Freedom Responsibility Openness Commitment to truth Having fun “Culture is a complex force field that influences all of an organization’s processes. We try to manage culture but, in fact, culture manages us far more than we manage it, and it happens largely outside of awareness (p. 31).” Schein, Edgar H., et.al DEC is dead: Long live DEC – The lasting legacy of Digital Equipment Corporation. San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler.

24 Sutton – Weird Ideas that Work 1.Hire “Slow Learners” (of the organizational code). 1-1/2 Hire People Who Make You Uncomfortable, Even Those You Dislike. 2.Hire People You (Probably) Don’t Need 3.Use Job Interviews to Get Ideas, Not to Screen Candidates 4.Encourage People to Ignore and Defy Superiors and Peers 5.Find Some Happy People and Get them to Fight 6.Reward Success and Failure, Punish Inaction 7.Decide to Do Something That Will Probably Fail, Then Convince Yourself and Everybody Else That Success is Certain 8.Think of Some Ridiculous or Impractical Things to Do, Then Plan to Do Them. 9.Avoid, Distract, and Bore Customers, Critics, and Anyone Who Just Wants to Talk About Money 10.Don’t Try to Learn Anything from People Who Seem to Have Solved the Problems You Face. 11.Forget the Past, Especially Your Company’s Successes. Sutton, Robert I Weird Ideas that Work: 11-1/2 Practices for Promoting, Managing, and Sustaining Innovation. New York: Free Press.


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