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In the final video of the 5 part series on innovation, Matt Fox discusses working in parallel.

Before continuing, jump to the video to watch this interview (YouTube) or part 1: cultivating innovation, part 2: defining the team, part 3: parameters influencing innovation, part 4: the concept phase.

Working In Parallel

Working in parallel can be one of the hardest things to come to terms with. It is human nature to believe we need to work in series and have a plan first and then start into the build. Working in parallel is exactly the way it sounds. We are going to be creating drawings, building instructions, collecting building materials, manuals, etc. (all the things you need to build with), as we are building. They are going to be occurring just-in-time.

What everyone needs to understand is that there are going to problems and hurdles that need to be overcome and decisions that need to be made. There is with any process whether it is a design cycle or other processes for innovation. These are not steps or boxes that we can check off. This is a process. The teams have developed to a point where they have created the systems and the trust in each other to overcome these hurdles quickly. They can problem solve and share information with each other quickly. This also allows the other members to solve a problem quickly. If innovation is the goal then we have to realize that it is the people on the team who are going to create the innovation. It is not a design process or the product, it is the process implemented by the people.

What Responsibility Do Team Members Have?

When we want to achieve true innovation (an idea that is adapted to make real change) this way of thinking must be embraced by the group. When they see these hurdles coming their way, working in parallel is something they take on as a challenge or an opportunity. Saving enough energy from the beginning and not wasting time in the concept phase, moving on with the faith in the parameters so you have enough energy to finish the product off and achieve that high quality.

If you follow the steps through, if the team has developed (gone through these parameters), it’s been our experience in the past that this really gives us a team for further innovation that will have a positive affect on companies and our customers.

The Video Interview

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