LIFT Interview

LIFT Interview

This week’s blog post is an interview with Dan Ward, talking about his new book Lift – Innovation Lessons From Flying Machines That ALMOST Worked and The People Who NEARLY Flew Them. As a special bonus, we’ve got a 14-minute audio version of the...
What Is Innovation?

What Is Innovation?

Innovation is one of those words that gets used more often than it gets defined. And these days, it gets used a whole lot. In fact, it’s probably overused. But despite the popularity of the term (or maybe because of it) we run into a lot of confusion about what the...
Customizing Tools

Customizing Tools

Our previous blog post looked at the Rose, Bud, Thorn canvas, one of the most popular tools in the kit. This week’s post continues on that theme, but with a bit of a twist. A few months back one of our ITK facilitators received an interesting request from a potential...
ITK & F-35

ITK & F-35

This week’s guest post is by Rick Dunham, from MITRE’s Air/Ground Surveillance Program, and it highlights a recent application of the Innovation Toolkit to the F-35 program. On Nov. 5-6, MITRE’s F-35 Lightning II Enterprise Focus team met in Dayton, Ohio,...

The User Centered Design Challenge

Why is being user-centered such a challenge in the DoD? I first asked myself this question while working Human Systems Integration (HSI) as a Systems Engineer for a large defense contractor. As I explored this difficult topic, I realized I might have more luck driving...

Minimum Viable Products & Prototypes

Remember the days of building a sandcastle in a sandbox, or creating a spaceship out of an old egg carton and tinfoil? These are examples of Minimum Viable Products (MVPs) and/or Prototypes! Perhaps you didn’t have the money to buy the latest Millenium Falcon when you...