Matt Rogers, co-founder and vice president of engineering at Nest, recalls how working on projects at Apple from beginning to end put him in a position to lead teams. He also talks about how a great career can be built by taking on projects that others think are unworthy.
There are four different types of innovation tools that we’ll describe here, including the design of the work place itself, practices that encourage and even enable effective collaboration, open innovation approach to connect inside innovation teams with outside partners and experts, and online tools that constitute the virtual work place. Separately and especially together, these can make a tremendous enhancement in the performance and the satisfaction of individuals, teams, and your entire organization.
Marlow’s courageous yet nervous ally at Accipiter is almost ready to deliver her innovation proposal to the board. Marlow helps to outline the tangible and intangible benefits they could deliver with the skunkworks.
With the decision made to implement a skunkworks, now it’s time to deal with logistics. Marlow advises on the best plan of action.
The efforts to implement an innovation program at Accipiter have been hampered by excessive cost-cutting pressure and too little appetite for change. Can Marlow and his ally in the company successfully implement a skunkworks to turn things around?