Archive for March 2017

Licensing the Agile Strategy Lab

We never thought would happen this fast. When we first develop a proposal for a Agile Strategy Lab at Purdue, we projected the, if we were successful, other universities might follow. We got off the ground in the fourth quarter of 2016. It didn’t take long before the idea of the Agile Strategy Lab to…

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re|course: Transforming Purdue Mechanical Engineering

The Agile Strategy Lipids in the midst of forming teams of students, faculty and staff to transform the School of Mechanical Engineering. Under a National Science Foundation grant, we are experimenting with a new approach to transforming engineering education. Research underscores the challenge. While numerous initiatives have focused on transforming engineering education within the classroom,…

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Designing complex workshops using simple rules: NASA Life Sciences

The discipline of agile strategy is designed for open, loosely connected networks. These networks do not stand still. They are complex and shifting.  How do we design and guide collaborations in the midst of this complexity? In a seminal Harvard Business Review article some years ago, Kathleen Eisenhardt and Donald Sull provided the answer: follow simple…

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Translational research in space life sciences

We are working on an exciting and challenging assignment. How can we accelerate translational research in space life sciences? This involves designing complex collaborations between NASA’s Space Biology Program and its Human Research Program. We’re designing a 2 day workshop now. Heading to Ames Research Center at the end of the month. We will be…

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How regional innovation clusters form

A group of researchers at Purdue are focusing their energies on autonomous transportation. Another is looking at Indiana’s role in Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things. In particular, they want to leverage a new set of technologies around roll-to-roll manufacturing of low cost sensors. And then there are groups of researchers who have recently…

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Our partnerships: New Jersey Innovation Institute and Fraunhofer

Over the past year and a half, we have been partnering with the New Jersey Innovation Institute to design and test new approaches to agile strategy and accelerated innovation. We are also working closely with our partners at Fraunhofer IAO. Our work focuses on integrating agile strategy with the powerful technology and innovation management tools…

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Partnership with Memorial University | Newfoundland

Founded as a memorial to the Newfoundlanders who lost their lives during active service in the First and Second World Wars, Memorial University stands apart from other universities in Canada. Most notably, it is the only university for which engagement is a part of its charter.  The University operates within a Public Engagement Framework that defines…

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Communicating complexity: A new Lab offering

Next week Scott Hutcheson will be in Monterey, CA working with our partner Bob Sadler to put the final touches on our new offering – ComPlexity. Tomas Diaz de la Rubia, Chief Scientist at Discovery Park, introduced us to Bob. Tomas worked with Bob when Tomas was the chief research officer and deputy laboratory director for…

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Practitioner training at Howard University

This week, we kick off our partnership with Howard University. We are conducting a 2.5 day practitioner training at the beautiful new Interdisciplinary Research Building in Washington DC. Here is a additional background on how Howard University is building its innovation ecosystem.  This past week,  the Washington Business Journal explained how a new innovation incubator…

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Our collaboration with Kansas State

Kansas State was one of the first universities to bite down hard on agile strategy. Working with Jeff Tucker and Dale Wunderlich  at the Advanced Manufacturing Institute,  we have introduced Strategic Doing to a number of different groups throughout Kansas.  At the end of the month, Scott Hutcheson and Liz Nilsen  will be in Kansas…

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