Innovation : The Most Innovative Thing You 've Done?

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Innovation: What is the most inventive or innovative thing you’ve done?

I’ve been involved in many technical innovations for learning and instructions, such as co-founding the first software company to publish a standards-based learning management system (Solis Pathway LMS, 1994). I co-authored the draft document of IEEE 1484.11.2 ECMASCRIPT API For Content to Runtime Services Communication) the JavaScript API underlying the SCORM (Shareable Courseware Object Reference Model). More recently, I co-invented US Patent No 9,261,965 B2 "Touch Surface Overlay Panel".

However, I believe the most innovative thing I’ve done is establish a team and model to sustain learning innovation over time.


I conceptualized and formed a team
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I encourage further questions on the approach and examples. I also welcome additional questions on the team, which I will not be addressing in detail here.

The Approach: It’s Inspiration and Evolution

The approach I evolved had its origins in three sources or experiences:

A 2011 article from MIT Technology Review, "Four Principles for Crafting Your Innovation Strategy” (by Paul B. Carroll and Chunka Mui),
Participation in a 2011 "Agile Vancouver" seminar, including an early presentation by Ash Maurya on his evolving "Lean Canvas" for the Lean Startup™ approach (Lean Startup is a trademark of Eric Ries, Ash Maury published "Running Lean”), and
Personal observations from participating in Masie Center events and my work as a Masie Fellow. (The Masie Center identifies as an "International thinktank dedicated to exploring the intersection of learning and technology.”)

In the MIT article, Carroll and Mui reviewed and consolidated a pattern of innovation they summarize as “Think big, start small, fail quickly, scale fast.” This approach is consistent with Lean Startup™ approaches as well as the classic Lean Manufacturing approaches widely understood in manufacturing. We modified the original mantra to “Think Big. Start Small. Learn Quick. Scale Fast/Move On.”

Our “Scale Fast/Move On” action that weighed the results of a Lean “Build-Measure-Learn” loop against market and production viability. With positive viability the course team would liaison part-time with peers
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