The world is suddenly obsessed with smart technologies and this time around it seems unstoppable. Our everyday electrical and mechanical industrial object will now be occupied and ran by software and connected to the cloud. It also means each object (as small as some smoke detectors and as large as automobiles) will now be equipped with tons of sensors and can be able to adapt to different environment and individual needs.
It is essential that the next wave of industrial revolution will make us more efficient and empowered (and more human I…
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How do breakthroughs happen? Can they be engineered? Are they pure luck? Or are they the result of skills that we can develop and improve upon over time? Along with the fear of the unknown and the pressure to make it happen, breakthroughs come with an incredible sense of possibility and satisfaction.
The experience of uncovering a breakthrough is exhilarating and hard to explain. It’s a sense of not knowing exactly where I am going, but knowing that I am going somewhere. Here’s my secrets to achieving breakthroughs:
Preserve the “Me”. The…
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There were lots of interesting debates about "new thinking around innovation and future development of enterprises in China.” With almost three decades of sustained economic growth and orchestrated government support for advance technology research resulted in a large talent pool (but still not large enough) and many are well trained by foreign univerisities and companies.
China has made impressive achievement in many areas including network technologies, article physics, structural biology, genomics, human space exploration, supercomputing and high-speed rail which is part of China's centrally designed and state-led innovation model. Moving towards a…
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The party at Idea Couture London office last week was a fantastic event. Get to meet many young talented people there and looking forward to work with them on projects. My work takes me around the world and it is hard to get to know everyone in different offices. I enjoy talking to creative people from creative engineers to designers. And I have a very different idea of what "creative" people means. Idea Couture is a creative powerhose and it is creativity in the deepest and most systematic sense, looking at challenges from new perspectives but achor in a highly logical manner. That's our creative algorithm and it is rooted in every IC office.
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“Design Thinking” has gone beyond fashionable in the design industry, but now quickly getting into management circles and even boardrooms. B-schools are tapping into this new trend and but many are yet to understand what it means and its applications. The idea of management that we teach in B-schools was originally designed for a set of very different kind of needs – managing repetitive tasks, improving economic efficiency and labor productivity and maximizing scale. Today the needs expand to managing complexity and extreme uncertainty that is part of our everyday environment and this is where “Design Thinking” can change management forever.
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The Facebook phone is here.The Facebook phone rumor has been around for a while and it is a
matter of time it becomes real. I think they should have done it earlier and should have larger
ambition other than just trying to design a ‘home’ for Android. Home sounds like a PaaS personalization
tool and not sure how many FB users will want this. FB see the potential for
them but it is hardly a threat for others but Android might modify their terms so
this won’t happen again in the future.
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You want to be more creative? Sometimes it is not about trying
harder to act creative. I see a lot of people trying too hard. Sometimes it’s not just about giving one the space to be
creative. Sometimes it is just being
strategic. And sometimes it means apply a healthy dosage of common sense.
is more valuable than creativity.
Not everyone needs to be “creative” the same way as other think you
should be “creative”. It is not about ideas. It is an…
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In Vegas for the CES, it is exhausting. I skipped last
year but didn’t feel I missed anything. I was not a fan of 3D TV and not
impressed with the Microsoft / Ford automobile operating system. It has been a
crazy first week this Jan with lots of management stuff to get done as well as
finalizing the March issue of MISC magazine to print. It is the GADGET issue.
Very happy with it and couldn’t wait to see it out in bookstores and newsstands
in eight weeks.
Here I am prepared to be exposed to all
kinds of crazy gadgets once I set…
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Came back from beautiful Thailand speaking at the Design Is Opportunity event. Everyone is thinking about design not only as producing great products but also as a competitive advantage for creating new industries and as comparative advantage for countries. Met many people who are passionate in design and design thinking.
There are 16
remote controls that sit on my coffee table at home, and I have no idea what they
are all for. It’s enough to make one think twice about turning on their phone, buying
a new camera or downloading a new app. Looking around my surroundings,…
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What is Design Thinking? Because of the word “design” and many automatically associate it with the craft of design or design as a profession. Actually it is less to do with “design” and more with “system”. There are many ways to define "design thinking" and this list is not exhaustive:
A way to instill customer-centricity and empathy A framework for exploration and experimentation An approach to sense-making and problem solving A methodology to foster exploration and experimentation A design buzzword to tell you a designer can do more than design A management buzzword sold as the “next” strategic tool A marketing slogan or tag line A self-gratifying term for those who think they are creative
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