Archive for May 2017

Strategy as Algorithm

Perhaps you’ve seen the video of Boston Dynamics’ robot Atlas exiting their building for a walk in a snow-covered forest, “going to work” stacking boxes in a warehouse, getting up after being toppled by a human, and then leaving for the day, presumably heading out for more adventures. It is remarkable on many, many levels but the one…

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Meeting Grand Challenges at Indiana University

Some time ago, the Agile Lab got a call from our colleagues at Indiana University. They wanted us to help form faculty teams to submit proposals to the IU Grand Challenges. We worked with three teams; 22 teams submitted proposals; 5 teams were selected as finalists, all 3 of the teams with which we worked…

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Connecting to the Whistler Center for Carbohydrate Research

The Whistler Center for Carbohydrate Research has become one of the centers on campus that has embraced agile strategy has a way to build faculty industry collaborations more quickly. This morning, we introduced agile strategy and our discipline of Strategic Doing to the Industry Advisory Board of the Whistler Center. This invitation to present to…

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Expanding Our Engagement with NASA

We are now designing our third 2 day workshop for NASA. We started with Space Biology. Next, we focused on building collaborations between Space Biology and the Human Research Program. Now we are designing a workshop among units in two different directorates. In addition to Space Biology and the Human Research Program, this new workshop…

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Designing a New Major in Energy Systems Technology

Can you design a new major simply by recombining existing courses? Can we link and leverage our existing courses in new ways? Yes. If you think differently. Sometimes the pathway to transformation is more easily achieved by creating something new rather than attempting to “fix” something old. Pfeffer and Sutton (1999) suggest that transformation can…

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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: School of Government

On May 22, we will be conducting an all-day workshop to introduce agile strategy and Strategic Doing to the School of Government at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Janet Holston, our colleague at the University of North Carolina, has recently joined the School of Government. Formally, Janet was at the Arizona State…

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Update: Agile Strategy and Collaborative Leadership

We have been busy preparing designing new courses for agile strategy and collaborative leadership. We’ve been working on three. Executive Education in Strategic Doing.– We have a new executive education course design for practitioners. The curriculum is focused on teaching the 10 rules of complex collaboration. Online Masters in Engineering Technology.–  We are launching a new course…

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Transforming Mechanical Engineering: What We Are Learning

In August 2016, during a faculty retreat for the School of Mechanical Engineering, we launched teams to begin  the transformation of the School. (We are working under an NSF grant. We launched this work under the umbrella of re|course. You can visit the re|course web site here.) What have we learned? For one thing, we…

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The Opioid Crisis in Indiana: Strategy as a Wicked Problem

We are working with Purdue Health Advisors and the Purdue Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering on a tough topic. How should the State of Indiana respond to the growing opioid crisis? Here are some basic facts: At least 11 state agencies are involved in addressing this crisis; In 2016, the state created the Commission to…

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