March 23, 2015

Starting the Innovation Process, with Mike Shipulski

On this week’s episode of "The Innovation Engine" podcast, we dive into understanding some of the core elements of starting the innovation process. We explore the concept of an Innovation Burst Event, talk about why extreme time constraints while prototyping can yield valuable insights, and how to figure out when it’s time for you to “find a new cowpath.”

Mike Shipulski, Innovation Excellence's #1-ranked blogger of 2014, joins us to talk about starting the innovation process. Mike is a Product Development Executive with 15+ years of experience in leading product development efforts. He completed his Six Sigma certification at GE at the time when the company started its Six Sigma efforts, and he has a Ph.D. in Engineering from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where he also belongs to the Athletics Hall of Fame for his exploits on the baseball field.

Highlights from this week's podcast interview with Mike Shipulski include:

  • Mike talks about the one most important question to know the answer to before starting a product development effort
  • Mike explains the rationale behind his views on why planning can be a source of waste
  • We talk about why brainstorming sessions in a corporate setting are only effective in very rare instances
  • We close things out by talking about why the 2 most powerful sentences in the English language are "Thank you for your amazing work" and "What kind of pizza would you like?"


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