Lessons in Rapid Experiments and Learning from Failure


In 1943, the U.S. Airforce met with Lockheed Aircraft Corporation to express their need for a fighter plane to counter a rapidly growing Nazi jet threat. Because of the need for secrecy “Skunk Works”, as it became known, was allowed to operate undercover. No rules and no bureaucracy that could stifle innovation and hinder progress. … Continue reading Lessons in Rapid Experiments and Learning from Failure

Designing Out Problems Through Networks


On Monday I attempted my swiftest ever return to work after a trip. My plane from Zanzibar via Kilimanjaro and Doha landed at 6am. I was home by 8:30am, online by 9 and in work by 11.30am. I felt like The Man Who Fell To Earth. I’d had 16 days without any problems. Now – they … Continue reading Designing Out Problems Through Networks

Using Weak Signals To Determine Your Future Organisation


“Weak signals consist of emergent changes to technology, culture, markets, the economy, consumer tastes and behaviour, and demographics.  Weak signals are hard to evaluate because they are incomplete, unsettled and unclear” – Vijay Govindarajan. Luckily for us the future doesn’t arrive in an instant – but unfolds seconds at a time. Despite our organisational 2025 … Continue reading Using Weak Signals To Determine Your Future Organisation

Why You Need To Selectively Forget Your Own Past


Reset All Assumptions We must selectively forget the past. That means not accepting current practices but challenging underlying assumptions, our solutions and mindsets, and the way we tackle the problem. We need services designed as people need them – not as we have learned to do them. Bromford Design Principle 1 (Draft) I’m doing some work at … Continue reading Why You Need To Selectively Forget Your Own Past

Bending The Rules To Drive Frugal Innovation


The frugal innovation revolution, by making the means to innovate more widely available, has the potential to speed up the innovation process – Jaideep Prabhu  Jugaad is a Hindi word that roughly means ‘solution born from cleverness.’ It’s usually applied to a low cost fix or work-around. In a culture where people often have to make do with … Continue reading Bending The Rules To Drive Frugal Innovation