Newsletter 16

Innovation and Innovators

Innovation is a key mechanical engineering aptitude and it is constructive to deliberately develop this skill. With this aim, it is generally profitable to take a look around at successful companies and innovators, and to note some of the traits that make them thrive. Of course we also have to scrutinize ourselves. Happy reading.

Iterate, Iterate, Caffeinate

Iterate, Iterate, Caffeinate

What happens when an engineer wants a better cup of coffee? This case study shows the iterative development process, and how transferable core engineering skills are. Skills used to develop the Aerobie went on to develop a new type of coffee brewer.

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Bloomberg Businessweek, April 2014


Reinvent a Product, Not the Wheel

Reinvent a Product, Not the Wheel

It has sometimes been said that to be creative, one must think outside the box. This perspective in this article encourages thinking beside the box instead. Success can often be achieved more easily with an evolutionary idea than with a revolutionary idea.

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Entrepreneur, February 2014


The 50 Most Innovative Companies, and the Attributes that Set them Apart

Perhaps surprisingly, this year’s list features more automotive companies than consumer technology companies. Common attributes of these companies include robust processes that lead to strong performance, and thoughtful management of their innovation initiatives.

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CGMA Magazine, November 2013


Career Memes: Mechanical Engineer

Sometimes the way we view ourselves, and what we do for a living, is not the same as how other people see us. It is good to have self belief and self confidence, but occasionally seeing a third party perspective can be fruitful.

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Silicon Republic, January 2014