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The Subtle Power of Design: An Introduction

A few weeks ago, I wrote about creating value – one in a series of posts on the Internet of Things. The feedback was great, but some of the more interesting reactions were focused on the illustration – something I built a few months ago, when I needed to convey a large amount of meaning […]

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Real change happens along a continuum that stretches from The Big Idea to Real Results, and people / organizations that want to make real change happen need to understand the different elements along the way.


The ability to imagine what is possible (aka Vision)


As goods, services, & even data becomes commoditized, effective and engaging design becomes a competitive differentiator


Sooner or later, you have to be able to translate your hand-waving to something that actually works!


Results derive from making something happen – quickly, effectively, sustainably

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Recent Posts

IoT Field Notes: How to Identify Customer Value
Science, with some elements of Inspiration
April 10, 2016

When introducing the idea of Smart, Connected Products (a.k.a. the Internet of Things, or IoT), one of the many early conversations are about creating value. The focus will be different, based on who you’re talking with; with a product manager, you’re talking about how much revenue can be generated. The CEO and the Board, on […]

The Internet of Things and Applied Digital Strategy
Inspiration, with some elements of Science
April 3, 2016

When I speak publicly (and internally) about the Internet of Things (IOT), I prefer the term Smart, Connected Products. Yes, I know – sounds like a buzzphrase. But the words are used with intent, to shift thinking away from the tactical aspects of IOT, and focus on a strategic view of this important digital component. […]

Fighting over Amber Boxes
Execution, with some elements of Art
March 7, 2016

I’m standing at the white board, leading a technical disagreement discussion about a particular data conversion component in a macro environment of sensors and data, hardware and software. This type of discussion pops up many times during the introduction and incorporation of innovations; we are debating definitions and abstract concepts, technical specifics, data volumes, vendor […]

Getting Started with the Intranet of Things
Inspiration, with some elements of Science
February 28, 2016

Nope – not a typo! When I speak to groups about Smart Connected Products, I specifically call out the use of the term from Porter’s HBR articles in 2015. We are talking about adding information as a new and differentiating product feature, adding data about how those products are operating as new, value adding services […]

IoT Field Notes: Seed Fund, Year 2
Execution, with some elements of Science
January 25, 2016

In the past, I have written about our internal Seed Fund and how IT is helping our business units move forward with some of their ideas around Smart, Connected Products (aka the Internet of Things). Over the last few weeks (during our annual review / budget season), I’ve had a chance to recast some of […]