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Saturday, May 31, 2008

Accentuate Strengths - feedback to me

Some weeks back Nagatanuj from our lab conducted a session where everyone was suppose to give positive points about everyone in round robin manner. It was a great feeling to only accentuate strengths.

Below are what people gave me as my strengths!

  • Increased Team Interactions
  • Very friendly, humble, smiling always
  • Flexible, easy to approach
  • All in all (Knowledge terms!)
  • Very good management skills and Communicate to the team in a well-defined manner
  • An excellent leader, good communicator, I admire him for his humourous way of presentation and experimental attitude
  • Understanding, friendly, appreciates and motivates everyone. Very positive and makes others too even for doing undesired changes
  • Highly learned, practical approach, down-to-earth, great leadership skills, converting scientific knowledge into practical applications
  • Excellent Motivator, great and nice human being
  • The most jovial and wise man in Innovation

This is a good excercise in my opinion - it builds the team and creates an inner strength that can help individuals to go beyond!

When we Move on ....

Yesterday I finished my stint at my current employer as head of Innovation. It is not an end rather the new begining to start - A dream that few friends and I are pursuing. After teaching everyone the need to be an entrepreneur, it doesnt go by my nature to not to practice what I preach.

Although its a new begining and excitement of new brings a new energy, yet I was filled with heavy emotions on leaving some of the team members of my team at the Innovation labs.

Prasanna who is pursuing his PhD and is a first rate researcher gifted me an almost rare book - Management by Consciousness - from Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry. I intend to read it quickly. Thank you Prasanna! I look forward to collaborate on some of the research papers together! Some how I find something similar in our research approach!

Nagatanuj - the highly energetic and impressionable young engineer in our lab gifted me the New Age of Innovation by Prahalad and Krishnan. I have been blogging about it N=1 and R=G formula. Now I have to get the details and may be I will Blog more. Thank you Nagatanuj, I know you will achieve great heights, just focus on what YOU want to do!

The media lab - somehow I was able to connect with them maximum - Arun Bose, Nithya and Somassri - these are the communication design experts - they create continuously and every time exclusively - its amazing how much creativity is inherent in them. Their gift a small time keeper with a geometrical design happens to unique and I shall cherish their inputs for life. Thanks a LOT media team - you are the best part of the lab. Keep this orginality intact!

I have received many emails in response to my last email. I shall respond individually. However, suffice it to say, acquanitances do not matter - it is the bonding that we have built through shared experiences that will propel me further.

I look forward to co-creation or what we call Co-crafting Innovation through

Thursday, May 29, 2008

What are the New Functions

What are the new functions that human beings are performing today that we were not performing say 150 years back?

1. FLYING - obviously is one { This was a known function as we have seen birds flying}
Any other function that we are performing today .........

It will be great to get a list of New functions that have emerged in last 150 years or so. May be the readers of IC can help?

I Dont Know.

I Dont Know.

Will you talk to a consultant who answers IDONK to your questions?

It is a really difficult to get a consultant who says I dont Know. Similarly a consultant who ask your problems should not be engaged. If you know your problem, than anyway you have a solution.

Well If you really want help in Organization design, solving problems - find out consultants who says we dont know and also find out whether he or she is willing to work on problems about which you also dont know.

I think - The Energence of something new happens through explorations with I DONT KNOW!

How many professionals will say that they dont know?

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Lessons from Innovation Crafting Blogging

I have been weblogging since October 2005. However the real jump in my weblogging acitivity came in Aug 2007. I was in between jobs and had a month of free time and everyday I just blogged. Slowly I started enjoying it. Then it became a habit!

May be we need to make INNOVATION A HABIT! - Well till then we may have to practice innovation - that I can tell you requires tremendous discipline as we have a tendency to not to practice - as I found many months after August 2007. Yet regularity - from lean thinking of average 1 post per day helped me a lot.

See the statistics for ourself!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Weakening of Hierarchies

A Weakening of Hierarchies

Information abundance permits INDIVIDUALS to by-pass hierarchies that have – deliberately or inadvertently – controlled or limited information

Alternative human organization forms – based mainly on the Network have proved more effective and efficient for transacting information than hierarchies. In Information intensive enterprises, hierarchical organizations may not be competitive with networks.

Source: IN ATHENA’s CAMP – Preparing for conflict in the Information Age, (Ed) Arquilla J. and Ronfeldt D, RAND, 1997

Cracking the Networking Code

World is changing through – Networks – From Terror to Passion, From Ideas to Commerce, From Social to Political – Networks are Beating Hierarchies hands-down!


Friday, May 23, 2008

300th Post to Innovation Crafting

This is my 300th Post to Innovation Crafting - Just a peep into last 30 months will help me and the readers to look at how we have come along. I thought will reproduce below some key elements of milestone posts!

First Post: October 23, 2005
Innovation Crafting
Successful exploitation of (New) ideas is innovation. One need to orchestrate or craft Innovation in a group such as a commercial organization. This is an open forum for Innovation and how to Craft it in the organizations!

Fiftieth Post: August 26, 2007
Do it yourself - The Age of Co-creationization
The article however is not able to think towards the trend - It is about Co-Creationization of the world. The producers should provide sub-systems, modules, ready to make components, let the customer create. This is the start of the scenario ... It is when every customer goes to the design factory to co-create the product the customer needs along with you - through virtual or real immersion the age of co-creation will reach full bloom. You need a Jeans - why dont you design - Logon to levi's and vitually talk to the guy in the factory who will create the jean that you need - u dont need to go to a store dear - you are on your laptop or your palmtop driving through the busy evening train back home from work- you design your Jeans, you design your beds, bedsheets, you design your own, create and njoy the process along with the guys who are ready to work on your product for you... obviously they dont know what you really Need - But do you know what you need!!!!

Hundredth Post: October 23, 2007
Start of the Death of IT Captive Centers in India

The issue in my opinion is not captives alone - it is the parent organization that doesnt have the patience and focus to minimize the inefficiencies in the way the system is built. Inhouse offshoring as a model could have become a fantastic capability if the parent organization gives autonomy and Profit and Loss responsibility to the captive. If it is pure cost center than anyway it will always remain like that - and the tentative ways in which companies try to execute captive centers will face more failures than success.It is a long term commitment to create a global organization that will build companies that last - else we are seeing the death of more companies!

15oth Post: December 12, 2007
Are Managers Anti-Innovation? {Question asked in LinkedIn and the answers}

Does the increasing number of choices, especially in a scenario where number of ideas are generated in the ideation or creative solution to specific problems, make the decision maker which typically is a Manager, insecure? This is so, as the manager has been given more options to choose from and more options for analysis, and as we know from our experience, increasing number of alternatives make the task of choosing one alternative exceedingly difficult. If yes, in effect Managers do not want Innovation actually...? Would like to have your thoughts comments or inputs

201th Post: February 9, 2008
Generalists Vs Specialists

For Waite, the findings reinforce his broader world view. “We should value each other much more. We should value people who have a diversity of skills and interests. They might not have really recognizable specific skills but they might be good at doing lots of things,” he said.I am really not very clear about whether this is something counter intuitive really. In fact I have seen the multi-taskers, people with multiple skills (not depth in all of these) actually become the boss - it is anyway I believe - the generalist in all businesses is really the great influencer and connector and the lynchpin of a business - if the generalist is not there the system will break up!May be I am missing the excitement of the finding in the research above! I will not go to the extent that some of these models prove the obvious mathematically, yet thats closer to my feeling anyway!

254 Post: April 01, 2008

Mutation is not so random afterall
Mutation it seems is not so random. There seems to be an evidence of well-coordinated effort to make possible the emergence of complex organs. The article here talks about a research report.
It talks about a term called pleiotropy defined as, "The phenomenon wherein mutation in a single gene can have effects on multiple traits is known as pleiotropy."
A conclusion of sorts from the author believes pleitropy is not random - it is well-coordinated. "Similarly, it appears that tuning up a complex trait in a living organism is well coordinated and the effects of pleiotropy are more focused than we thought."
If mutations are not so random - but coordinated, who and how they get coordinated.
I really need to understand - is there a possibility of uncaused emergence?
Well it has been an amazing journey so far for me- I have enjoyed Blogging and one can see how random it is - or how holistic the blogs are - depending upon one's perspective!

I wish to thank all past, current and future readers of the Blog!

Especially as I am embarking on a new dream - Look forward to making it happen from 1st June 2008!

**“Six Sigma” can be a deadly enemy.

Says who?

(Can download the presentation from the link in the post here)

Just Reproducing one of the slides from the presentation (without permission)

**Beware of engineers! (Said with affection— I am one.)
**Beware of MBAs (Said with no affection, even though I am one.)
**The education bit is less about aesthetics and more about encouraging individualism—
to take a risk on design, you must have a burning desire to do things differently.
(Schools—ours, yours, everyone’s—are brilliant at suppressing creativity and
excessive shows of passion.)
**Capturing “best practice” only goes so far.
**“Six Sigma” can be a deadly enemy.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Some More Co-Creation Patents

Some More Co-Creation patents

Co-creation patents

Making Open Innovation Lean and TRIZ Enabled

Blogging in Hindi!

सोचा हिन्दी में टाइप कर के देखता हूँ

I thought I will try to tpe in HINDI - My Native Language - It works!

IT is possible!

How Game Changing Ideas Emerge -

Captain GR Gopinath - He changed the way India Flies

Simplifly November 2007 (

" I was travelling from Goa to Bangalore in a chopper, and as we swept across the rural landscape, I noticed something shining amidst a cluster of huts. I realised that arising from what we imagined was the dust and poverty of villages, was a dish antenna. It was a defining momentI saw a transformed India. We were a country not of a billion hungry people, but of a billion hungry consumers. When you think like that, the paradigm shifts. It stuck me like a phenomena; we were consuming cell phones, televisions, but aviation was absent in this consumer space. "

Company Design - Design for Innovation

Design Priniciples are needed for

What is Innovation Culture?

When I took up an Innovation Position in a company, one of the old-timers asked me a question - before taking up or starting anything first understand whether the company is READY FOR INNOVATION at all!

I think that was a brilliant question? The inherent culture of the company - typically driven from the top and the legacy of the company drives how much of Inovation is part of the coampany's DNA. The businessweek article summarizes this as well Believe in Innovation to Win

Innovation Culture is Hard.

Scale Up is not just an aggregation

Companies the small ones who aspire to be big by doing more of the same think that what worked for them at current size and scale will work at larger scale and size as well.

Well all of them are typically in for multiple surprises. The Scale creates its own complexity and aggregation does not make a system with same methods. It is not about combining elemantary particles into molecules and molecules and bigger structures - At each level new laws emerge and are needed to maintain and sustain the structure.

As we know now MORE IS DIFFERENT !!!!!!!

Lessons from Science Book Class V

Nowadays there is a TV show in India - run by the Bollywood superstar wherein adults are pitted against students and questions from primary school text books.
My Son made a presentation from His textbook on Science (He was in class V last year) and here are the messages

Science Chapter 8

World has many beautiful things, but they can be dangerous if not used properly.

Safety at home

In the Kitchen (dangerous things)

-Don’t run up & down on a wet floor & staircase
-Don’t leave toys on the floor or staircases someone may trip and fall.

Avoid to get poisoning:
•Do not try tasting anything you are not sure about .
•Several medicines are poisonous for children.

Safety on road

•The road is not for playing.
•Walk on the right side of the road if there is no pavement.
•Zebra crossing is meant for crossing.
•Always drive to your right.

First aid box

•The first help that an injured person needs is called first aid.

Multiple Random Starting Points - Can they help Faster solutions

Genetic Algorithms are part of evolutionary computing that help in solving problems using genetics as a methophor. The GAs have been part of heuristic optimization techniques which includes simulated annealing, tabu search, Ant Colony Optimization etc.
The GA work on simultaneous search for optimal solution in a search space through the metaphor of mutations, reproductions, genetic inversions, cross-over etc. The solution variables are pre-defined and their ranges are also pre-defined which creates the boundaries of the search space. The solution variables are organized as bit-strings that are akin to chromosomes.
At the start of the search - a set of random bit-strings are created (it has to be random) as starting points in a play of evolutionary population simulation. Just like population reproduce, mutate, etc, the solutions population is run through multiple rounds of reproduction etc simulations called generations. Each generation chooses the fittest solutions to create further offsprings. The fitness function acts as the environment where many solutions gets killed in each generation but fittest solutions are propagated to the next geneartion. If one chooses the right fitness function and have proper genetic operators, it is likely that population converges rapidly to the global optimal solution rather than getting stuck in the local optimas.

Well, Ideation/ problem solving is exactly like this. Can we use the GA metaphor to create multiple starting points (may be random) to converge to solutions through a series of generations - there may be many questions - for example what is the fitness function? How will one represent the idea bit string and how will anyone know the variables upfront?

If we start thinking using TRIZ Inventive Prinicples and TRIZ Trends and combine them with other inventive principles (Vedic Mathematics) and then use the GA engine search for Ideas, I think we have something here!

Saturday, May 17, 2008


Some days back I hit upon this paper Anderson, P.W., “More Is Different” in Science, 4 Aug. 1972 Vol. 177 No. 4047 [abridged– 375 words]— quantitative differences become qualitative ones

I am sort of hooked on to it. I am reading it - will try to blog on the paper, just in case you need to read an abridged version here is the link

Also one can download the original paper from the link here

Lean Product Development - Conference Notes

Ellen Domb recently attended the Lean product development conference. She was kind enough to send the report and notes link to me.
Here it is The Lean Product Development Symposium Notes

Lean in Software is also there!
Connecting to contents and inner links to presentations as well

Links indicate the presentations that we have received permission to post. They are in PDF form and some of them are quite large. We suggest that you download the larger ones rather than opening them directly in your web browser.
Rich Gildersleeve (>40 MB)
Dan Shoenhair
Dantar Oosterwal
Durward Sobek
Bo Oppenheim

Ron Marsiglio
Reaz Rasul
Sarah McCarvill
Michael Kennedy (>20 MB)
Open Exchange Session Summaries
Here are the reports from the Open Exchange sessions in alphabetical order by topic.
All Session Reports (link to follow)
Customer Needs and Requirements
Global Product Development
Integration Events
Knowledge Creation
Lean and QFD (link to follow)
Lean Software Development
Set-Based Concurrent Engineering
Software Tools
True Innovation

Friday, May 16, 2008

The Dracula Me - In Full Glory

Innovation is about Change - How I got Innovated upon!

Arun Bose the Media guy and a good friend transformed me in front of my eyes and as I directed - The results are amazing!


May be these are indications of Various Me's in Me ! How technology helps to create reality that we Believe!

THANKS ARUN! THIS IS AMAZING! (Please note the pointed new Nails in the dracula Version of Me)

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Visits to IC

ClusterMap Tells me there are more than 1900 visits to Innovation Crafting since Feb 09 2008 - Just for my ego trip thats about 90 days! - a close approximation is that we have more than 20 visits per day! And since the dots are all over the world! they are definitely different 20s than the same friends that I have! If yes - I consider this a remarkable feat for my blog ! and I wish to thank each one of you - Please do post your comments! and remarks!

Random Thoughts - Innovation Science

These are truly random thoughts! Just like we scratch on a pad - I thought I will just log these - the reader may not make sense of why and what - but lets see if these thoughts let me emerge something!

Science, Knowledge and Innovation have been three words repeated coming in recent discussions and my readings as well. How are these three related? Is there a science of Innovation? what is knowledge of science? what is science of knowledge? what is knowledge of Innovation? what is Innovation in knowlegde?

The three word questions - what is knowledge of Innovation Science? What is Science of Knowledge Innovation? What is Innovation in science knowledge? what is innovation in knowledge science?

One book that keeps on coming to me is Sciences of the Artifical by Herbert Simon. He talks about the nearly decomposable systems as the approximation to hierarchical systems that we have designed everywhere - the artifact - as opposed to natural is the produce of human mind - well one can argue that human mind anyway is natural so whatever it produces is natural - yet it is pertinent to ask this question of what are the sciences of the artificial as opposed to natural sciences - one may recall physics, chemistry biology have been categorized as natural sciences.

Simon talks about the design science, science of making, - yet the science of innovation is missed out in this seminal book - although it is clear when we think about Innovation Science of Science of Innovation, Sciences of the Artificial have to be the basis compared to sciences of the natural.

Let us look at TRIZ - Theory of Inventive Problem solving - genesis lies in physics and chemsitry patents/inventions. Although it is sold as the so called Innovation as an Exact Science, I think since the genesis is in models/methods of natural science - TRIZ needs to looked as Principles/methods of natural sciences. In fact I think if we start with the sciences of the artificial and combine with TRIZ - we may have more stronger field of Innovation Science emerging!

Hope these are sufficiently random to make any cohesive meaning. If yes, my purpose is served - if one can still make any meaning - obviously the randomness is not there in these thoughts- I shall try again - later to make a Random weblog!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

When HP acquires EDS

Well the Blogs are buzzing!

Some Snippets

Blogger 1 The Eagle Blog says
" Employees at both companies will be worrying about their future, but I would suggest the future is very bright for anyone with good skills. Both companies run lean shops, with everyone working hard today and that is unlikely to change. There may be a little rationalization in non-core functions, but I think it will be minimal and in a time when skills shortage are becoming more and more topical, good people will always have a job. "

Blogger 2 Says (het top 5 thoughts)
" One. HP needs more significant help on services and consulting.
Two. Synergy looks good between HP and EDS.
Three. Keeping services partners happy will be a challenge.
Four. What about the mainframe business?
Five. Will HP know how to leverage EDS's expertise to enhance the software business? "

Let us look at the news channels
ABC News says Sale to HP will end EDS independence
HP Stock Falls 6.5% After Spending $13.9BN to Acquire EDS
HP to acquire EDS for $13.9 billion


Let us see whether this was predicted in december 2007 by any of the modern day crystal ball gazers. In this blog were posted following predictions posts
(McKinsey and Gartner Missed this)
(Others too missed this!)
Business-week predictions (McKinsey will buy Ideo)

Implications for Indian IT

1. We will see more of such M&As - actually this is good for Indian IT as the two monolithic amoebas (as per a metaphor given by Rajeev Gupta) (HP and EDS) will try to become a big amoeba - for next many years to come. TCS, Wipro, Infosys - should be happy - as the competition will have to resolve many of its inherent issues. There is likely to many clients coming to Indian IT companies!

2. One of Indian IT companies may be a target for Microsoft for getting in a big way into IT services - most likely Infosys will be looked at by Microsoft - especially after its failure to get Yahoo.

3. Tier II and Below companies will be washed off from India by 2011 unless they really really create strong Niches not - have people based skills alone!

We are in for Interesting times!

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Last Year's TRIZCON 2007 Paper

Last year's TRIZCON 2007 paper on Lean Product Development and TRIZ (Set Based Concurrent Engineering) is also available for download at the Altshuller Institute web site under Inside TRIZ section.

Set-Based Concurrent Engineering (SBCE) and TRIZ - A Framework for Global Product Development

Navneet Bhushan Wipro Technologies

Continuously increasing complexity in the modern day systems call for radically different approaches to ensure high levels of functionality, quality and performance in new product development. Increasing globalization indicates that the world will witness more of Global Product Development (GPD). Further the problems of new product developers are compounded due to great amount of software that is embedded in many products. The non-physical nature of software systems, where intuition, experience and judgment of experts plays more important role than quantitative and measurable metrics of the traditional engineering world, increases the complexity for the global product developers.

To download the full PDF, click here


Last month TRIZCON 2008 I presented my paper on Ideality, TRIZ and Software Design a case study.

The paper has been featured at Altshuller Institute Site as TRIZ features (May 2008).

One can download the paper as is from the website as well.

The abstract of the paper

TRIZ Features Monthly Articles Pertaining to TRIZ
Navneet Bhushan Ideality, TRIZ and Software Design
Case Study: Software Product for Identity Security
Navneet Bhushan

Ideality as defined by Theory of Inventive Problem Solving (TRIZ) starts with a clear articulation of function to be achieved by the system. Once it is described, ideality is defined as function achieved without cost and with no negative impact on the system. Typically this trigger leads to strong solutions whereby the system achieves the desired function on its own - may be through the use of existing resources. Defining ideality in such terms for software products is inherently difficult due to evolutionary nature of the software systems. It is rarely the case that software system remains to the confines of functions that it was initially designed for. Invariably a software system evolves through addition of multiple functions or capabilities throughout its life...for the full article click here.

What is the function of IT?

Theory of Inventive Problem Solving (TRIZ) focuses on the function that system delivers and then looks at how to achieve that function in an ideal way. I have recently added that the ideal way should also include ideal structure besides no cost and no harm. The ideal structure will be least complex structure - mind you I say least complex. not simple!

Coming to TRIZ thinking for IT. What is the function that IT delivers? (Information technology)

Information Technology is viewed as performing

(1) Processing function (transformation)

Data -> Information -> Knowledge

(2) Representation of

Data -> Information -> Knowledge

(3) Communication (exchange) of

Data -> Information -> Knowledge

Is there any other function IT performs?

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Future proof your future - Construct Brilliant Enterprises

10 Things I will not be doing here

I joined as a CEO in 2003 of a small company of about 40 engineers and following 10 commandments I sent to all....

10 Things I Will Not Be Doing Here?

  • I don’t want to do everything here myself…. Cant’ Afford downsizing
  • Not Interested in Creative Solutions to Non-real Problems
  • Would like us to use the whole brain together… No Side Preference
  • Cant afford not to Focus on Execution …. well I mean business execution for PROFIT
  • I don’t have unrealistic expectations – except I would like you to complete the work by yesterday
  • Cannot Forbid Problem Solving …
  • Don’t Expect us to Hardly Work .. Rather Work Hard
  • Will not Cancel Meetings ….
  • Try not to do Time mismanagement ….
  • Don’t Expect me to hire the Dog (Watch) ….

The Book that Never Was

In 2002 (six years back) I and two of my friends thought we will write a book on Convergence - The contents are below

-It turned out to be a failed project anyway!









1.1 Past, Present and Future

1.2 Wired Networks

1.3. Wireless Networks

1.4. Telecom Networks

1.5 Converging Networks

1.6 Organization of the Book


2.1. Data & Information Transmission

2.2. Voice & Data Transmission

2.3 Data, Voice and Video Transmission

2.4 Compression

2.5. Security


3.1. Wired and Wireless Networks transmitting data

3.2. Wired and Wireless Networks transmitting Voice

3.3. Converging wired and wireless networks transmitting converged media

3.4 Gateways

3.5 Mobile IP


4.1 NMS

4.2 TMN


Chapter 5: KILLER APPS



Technology has the potential to change the world. However, the impact is indirect. Technology provides the means for mankind to change the world, as it exists. Change it for a better tomorrow. Also, the technologists don’t seem to know what may happen to their innovations in future. Graham Bell said that his discovery, the Telephone, at most would be used to convey information about the letters from one place to another. Communications technology has been at the forefront of the major changes in the past. However, the advances made in communications technology synergistically combining with the rapidly evolving Computing field, have already revolutionized the way the world lives. This has been enabled by computer networks, which allow data to be exchanged between computing entities. Advances in Computing have also significantly improved capabilities of the traditional telecom networks for voice exchanges.

However, it’s the convergence of telecommunication networks and data networks that is going to have biggest impact. The Converging Networks of the future will provide anywhere, anytime and anyway connection to human beings with each other. This all time connectivity has the potential to radically change the way we work, the way we communicate, the way we entertain ourselves, the way we travel, the way we fight, and actually the way we live our lives. The Converging Networks of the future have the potential to change the very core of our existence.

This book is about the Converging Networks. How the data networks are meshing with voice networks to provide multi-media information to users who are attached to these networks through wired and non-wired connections to these networks. What protocols are evolving for these networks? How they are implemented? What are Convergence enablers? How the converging networks going to be managed? What are the approaches to building, organizing, testing and developing these networks? What applications are happening because of convergence? Can these networks be modeled and simulated using formal models? If yes, are these models tractable? These are some of the questions we are trying to answer here.

The book is coming out as a joint effort combining all of our experience of more than 25 man-years in software development and networking field. We have tried to combine all issues that are needed to understand the converging networks. This book is meant for students, professionals, and practitioners in the networking field. The converging networks demand a thorough understanding of diverse technologies, protocols and concepts.

We hope this effort will help in bridging the gap between the theory and understanding of the Concepts, Protocols and Applications of evolving converging networks.



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