Many of us work not only work with complex ideas, we need to explain them to others in clear, compelling ways. We’re rolling out a new offering to help. The best ideas and solutions paint a picture of a future that others can see, others can feel. They allow us to envision that future state…

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Several undergraduate and graduate engineering students have approached the Lab about learning the disciplines of agile strategy. To address these requests we are designing a pop-up class, based on our successful graduate level course in Engineering Technology. The pop-up class will introduce students to the concepts of agile strategy and how to build complex collaborations by…

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Both markets and technologies are changing rapidly. Finding new markets for existing technologies and new technologies for existing markets is often a complex challenge. Agile Innovation is the latest solution set from the Purdue Agile Strategy Lab. For the past four years, we’ve been partnering with Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute to make these  technology innovation management…

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The Agile Lab is participating in the work of the Engineering Change Lab based in Canada.  Launched in 2015, the Engineering Change Lab is focused on “unlocking the higher potential of engineering” in Canada. It is composed of 40 leaders from the private sector, universities, government and nonprofits. This month, Liz Nilsen is sharing  our…

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This week, we worked with 150 Purdue Pharmacy students. We used Strategic Doing to help them learn the deep skills of collaboration. Increasingly pharmacists are called upon to help address complex community health challenges. A recent example of the challenges ahead: opioid addiction. Pharmacists need to be sensitive to the signs of addiction and extensively connected to…

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In 2013, we went to Stuttgart, Germany to explore a simple question: Could we organize the innovation ecosystem of a U.S. by following Fraunhofer principles? Could we borrow and apply Fraunhofer tools and frameworks of technology management and innovation management? Could we assist both small and large companies to accelerate their innovation in this way?…

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Agile approaches to strategy and innovation in technology-rich environment is a relatively new field. The availability of strategic innovation tools and techniques, specifically designed for food technology, is significantly lacking. THAT is about to change. Marcela Martinez is our very first PhD student and this is the focus of her studies. Marcela has an MS…

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MatchBOX Coworking Studio and the Purdue Agile Strategy Lab have entered into a new partnership, further deepening the relationship between MatchBOX and Purdue University. The focus of the new partnership is to provide a test bed for developing and strengthening entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystems. Dennis Carson, Co-Founder of MatchBOX and Director for Economic Development for the…

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Our work with the Kauffman Foundation has brought us into contact with some of the work they are doing to overcome “market gaps” in rural communities. Here’s an example from Sedalia, MO. It’s a discussion led by Evan Absher and Derek Ozkal of the Kauffman Foundation’s Entrepreneurship Team. Evan and Derek are listening to the story…

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The Lab partners with Human Insight, the developers of AEM Cube, a psychological assessment tool for measuring strategic diversity in teams. Why does this matter? Complexity scientist Scott Page from the University of Michigan explains in this interview and in his book, The Diversity Bonus: How Great Teams Pay Off in the Knowledge Economy. When confronted with complex…

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