I recently had the pleasure of speaking at the International Facility Managers Association Toronto Chapter annual Leadership Series event and was absolutely blown away by the positive atmosphere in the room. I found the attendees both respectful and engaged and the questions really helped further the discussion about IoT and Big Data. I reflected on my experience in Architecture specifically around bringing skilled experts together to address client needs and the similarities to both IoT and Big Data Analytics. What is the similarity? It really involves not just listening to the client, but also asking the right questions. As has been said many times, if you don’t know the right questions, the data can show you almost anything in
I am honoured to be speaking at the Queens University Innovation Summit on March 10th. I will be speaking on the 4Cs of Innovation- lessons I have learned in the corporate environment. I hope that those who attend the session get a few ideas from my experiences and that we develop a dialog on how they can put their unique slant on the material.
The biggest problem comes from the inevitable commodification of business models as new entrants come in once and attractive market is carved out. You can ignore it to your peril or do what innovative companies like Hilti have done.
I’ve always thought that Bill Buxton had a good view on what was essential in design and technology. Even way back when I saw him in 1996 or 1997 when he was at Alias Wavefront he caused me to think about how Design impacts how we interact with products on a daily basis. Now having done innovation from the inside of a large corporation, I can’t agree with his view more. It sounds like he could be talking about my (or I bet 90%) of the organizations out there when he recalls stories from his experience. His view is that many companies still need to be convinced of the value of design and how design affects (and requires) co-ordination with
Last night I had the pleasure to attend a talk by David Smith, President of NSCAD (Nova Scotia College of Art and Design) at the Rotman School of Business at the University of Toronto. The topic was "Why business people needed to think more like designers" and drew a packed house which was quite an achievement on such a cold wintry night. After a brief introduction by Heather Fraser, David quickly went into his prepared notes. He started off by saying that this session was going to be more about him asking questions to the audience rather than telling the audience what he thought was the right answer, which aligned with his premise that "critical inquiry" was part of the hallmark