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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Balaji's Joy of Innovation

I met Balaji at CII Innovation Summit held in June 2007 at Bangalore. He had a stall on his invention on paper file tracker technology.

We exchanged some emails on the CII summit as well as our reactions to what transpired. Since I shifted to Chennai in September, I was hoping to meet him someday. It is indeed a pleasure to receive an email from him regarding an event he is organizing on the Amazon Web Services Business Model and its evangilist from Amazon, Jinesh Varia, who is visiting India during first week of December 2007. I reproduce the email verbatim for others to see the work that Balaji has been doing and if others want to leverage Jinesh presence in India they can also get the benefit.

Jinesh's Travel Wiki is at this link. Balaji's email to me - (Thanks Balaji for remembering me)

Dear Navneet,
Amazon Web Services(AWS) as you are aware is an interesting web scale computing building block. It has high disruptive potential to unleash the creativity of startups.
More than the technical innovation, the business innovation of AWS be it pricing or community building will be of interest to you. There is going to be an informal meetup with Amazon Web Services Evangalist Jinesh Varia on Dec 13 I invite you to participate in the meetup to get a feel of startup action around AWS in Chennai.
If your interested in AWS is more enterprise oriented, you are welcome to check out Jinesh''s India trip wiki and schedule a meeting to suit your requirement.

Navneet is an Innovation thought leader and is Vice President & Head - Innovation Labs, Hexaware Technologies. He is old school enough to have countless publication to his credit and new school enough to embrace and experiment with unconference phenomenon. In short right
kind of person to pitch the benefits of AWS. Check out his blog to get an idea of what I mean

-Balaji S.

Art of Creative Thinking - from co-creator of Toyota Production System

Kaizen and the art of creative thinking the new book by the co-creator of Toyota Production System - popularized as Lean Thinking, promises to be an important journey through the Lean Thinking. It is indeed a culmination of years of exprience which goes deep in the execution by thinking through - rather than management theories pushed through the organization - which is the regular way the change is forced on th enterprises. Just quoting the text at the link above

Kaizen and the Art of Creative Thinking The Scientific Thinking Mechanism
By Shigeo Shingo Edited by Norman Bodek, Collin McLoughin, Tracy Epley

Even the greatest idea can become meaningless in the rush to judgment. To gauge an idea as feasible we must cut our ties to the status quo and find the balance between constructive criticism and judgment. Within that balance we will uncover crucial input for making our ideas a reality.

Do download the chapter freely available at Chapter 5 It is called from ideas to reality. It promises to be the solution to last week's objections that people had during the barkamp on "what comes in the way of idea generation".

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