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Using Digital Tools to Move a Candy Company Into the Future - The New York Times
As told to Patricia R. Olsen
Sept. 21, 2018

explore the ways in which we can take advantage of new technologies and tools, such as artificial intelligence; how we should experiment; and whether we are even looking at the right problems. Mars is based in McLean, Va.,...... Part of my work involves prototyping, such as growing peanut plants in a fish tank using digital automation — without human intervention. To do this, I worked with a few colleagues in Mount Olive, N.J., a unit that I’m part of, though I don’t work there all the time. We implemented an automated watering and fertilizing schedule to see how the plants would grow.

We don’t only produce candy. We also offer pet care expertise and produce pet food and human food, like Uncle Ben’s Rice. With the peanut plants, we wanted to see if we could learn anything for partnering with our farmers, everything from how we might use technology to how a team comes together and tries different ideas.
career_paths  digital_strategies  Mars  women  CPG  confectionery_industry  artificial_intelligence  experimentation  howto  pets  problem_framing  problem_definition  prototyping  future  automation  human_intervention  worthwhile_problems 
september 2018 by jerryking
The business of brainstorms
Apr. 29, 2010 | Globe and Mail | Chris Nuttall-Smith.
Canadian inventor Robert Dickie and his firm, Spark Innovations, are
doing just fine...Spark offers contract innovation working on between 70
and 80 projects every year. Nearly 80% of its business is contract
work: development, prototyping and intellectual property assistance.
brainstorming  innovation  Outsourcing  inventors  prototyping 
april 2011 by jerryking
3-D printers: Press a button and make anything
Nov. 08, 2010 | - The Globe and Mail | KEITH NORBURY. Two
decades ago, affordable laser and ink-jet printers fuelled the desktop
publishing revolution. More recently, three-dimensional “printing” has
spawned another revolution that promises to create new opportunities for
small businesses. ..While the technology is best-suited for making
one-of-a-kind prototypes, it can also be used for short-run
manufacturing. It’s a boon for inventors hesitant to spend upwards of
$100,000 on an injection mould before knowing how well their products
will be received. Ms. Kalbhenn’s company has done runs of 20 of an item
for as little as $265 for the batch, or a single, complex piece for as
much as $10,000.
3-D  printing  prototyping  speed  manufacturers  small_batch  one-of-a-kind 
november 2010 by jerryking
3-D Printing Is Spurring a Manufacturing Revolution -
Sept. 13, 2010 | NYT | By ASHLEE VANCE. A 3-D printer, which
has nothing to do with paper printers, creates an object by stacking one
layer of material — typically plastic or metal — on top of another, as a
pastry chef makes baklava with sheets of phyllo dough. The technology
has been radically transformed from its origins as a tool used by
manufacturers and designers to build prototypes. These days it is giving
rise to a string of never-before-possible businesses that are selling
iPhone cases, lamps, doorknobs, jewelry, handbags, perfume bottles,
clothing and architectural models. How successfully will the technology
will make the transition from mfg. apps to producing consumer goods? Its
use is exploding. A California start-up is even working on building
houses. Its printer, which would fit on a tractor-trailer, would use
patterns delivered by computer, squirt out layers of special concrete
and build entire walls that could be connected to form the basis of a
3-D  printing  prototyping  design  manufacturers  start_ups 
september 2010 by jerryking
IDEO's Axioms for Starting Disruptive New Businesses | Co.Design
August 24 | Fast Company | by Colin Raney who leads the
Business Design Community within IDEO. TAKE ACTION: Designing for Life's

1. Go early, go often
Building experimentation into your business is harder than you think.
Start small and stay focused. Try everything, but don’t try it all in
one prototype.

2. Learning by doing
Build value for the business as you prototype. If you fail, what will
you have learned? What will you salvage?

3. Inspiration through constraint
Don’t exhaust yourself searching for money and resources. The tighter
your constraints, the more creative your prototypes will be.

4. Open to opportunity
Look for unanticipated ways customers are using your offering. Their
improvisations may be the future of your business.
lessons_learned  food_trucks  start_ups  tips  rules_of_the_game  ideo  experiential_learning  prototyping  design  disruption  experimentation  new_businesses  constraints  unanticipated  improvisation  hiring-a-product-to-do-a-specific-job  value_creation  unarticulated_desires 
september 2010 by jerryking
A Sample Can Be Simple and Cheap -
JULY 4, 2010 | Wall Street Journal | By SARAH E. NEEDLEMAN. The Accidental Entrepreneur A Sample Can Be Simple and Cheap
running_a_business  Sarah_E._Needleman  prototyping 
july 2010 by jerryking
Building a Better Bra Shop
November 30, 2003 | The New York Times | By HOPE REEVES. In
the two unfocused groups, IDEO invited the women -- about eight to a
group -- to talk about their good and bad experiences, which amounted to
very few in the first category and a long list in the second, then the
groups broke up into smaller units to build their ideal
underwear-shopping experience. In this segment, the women who acted as
customers expressed a desire to be advised and reassured by the women
acting as salespeople. And those salespeople responded as instructed,
producing a giggly lovefest that seemed to leave everyone satisfied and,
at least in this fantasy world, purchasing an expensive undergarment or

IDEO digested this load in a series of meetings and mingled them with
brainstorming sessions conducted with technology, design and product
experts. The analysts presented their findings to Warnaco a few weeks
ago and are now entering the prototype phase.
IDEO  design  Warnaco  shopping_experience  underwear  lingerie  intimate_apparel  unfocused  prototyping 
november 2009 by jerryking
Want to join the great innovators?
17/09/07 G&M article by DAVID DUNNE.

Designers approach problems differently than typical business people. In
contrast to the analytical perspective taken in business, designers
excel in framing and reframing problems and in collaborating with others
to develop solutions.

These six components - systems thinking, prototyping, ethnography,
diversity, imagination and constraints - to the design process.
design  design_thinking  innovation  systems_thinking  trial_&_error  reframing  prototyping  ethnography  diversity  imagination  constraints  problem_framing 
march 2009 by jerryking
InfoViewer: A venture born of ignorance
20-Dec-2005 Financial Times articel by Andrew Ward describing the path of entrepreneur Roger Andresen.
* Be prepared for hard work and high risk:
* Turn to friends and contacts for help:
* Control spending:
* Test your product before entering full-scale production:
entrepreneur  tips  perseverance  prototyping  networks  high-risk  Communicating_&_Connecting  cost-controls  hard_work  cost-consciousness 
february 2009 by jerryking Changing Gears
April 25, 2008 | Globe & Mail | by JOSHUA KNELMAN. Their
goal: Improve the experience of cancer patients at Toronto's Princess
Margaret Hospital. GEAR 1 DEEP USER UNDERSTANDING - Grichko and Leung
spent weeks hanging around PMH. GEAR 2 IDEATION AND PROTOTYPING The team
sat down with 20 PMH staffers—managers, surgeons, nurses and support
workers. "The idea of brainstorming is to have no limits—think big,"
says Leung. GEAR 3 STRATEGIC BUSINESS DESIGN Grichko and Leung asked
two key questions: "What do we need, and what's possible?" The answer
was simple: to create a better waiting-room chair
brainstorming  design  design_thinking  furniture  hospitals  idea_generation  ideation  innovation  MBAs  observations  OCAD  product_design  prototyping  Rotman  strategic_thinking  thinking_big 
february 2009 by jerryking

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