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Issue 117 - 06 | How to Ignite Innovation with F.I.R.E.
By Dan Ward Published May 14, 2014 12:00 p.m.

“Solving a difficult technical challenge requires imagination, focus, endurance, and a tolerance for failure, to name but a few key ingredients. However, the real secret behind delivering world-class innovation actually depends on what we lack rather than what we have. […]

In fact, the pattern of rapid, thrifty innovation shows up across a large range of technical contexts and genres. Whether we are talking about submarines or software, medical or military technology, the most impactful and successful innovations tend to be produced by small teams with short schedules, tight budgets, and strong commitments to simplicity.”


About Dan Ward | Dan Ward is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force, where he served for more than 20 years as an acquisitions officer and helped shepherd the development of military technology programs. His new book is The Simplicity Cycle: How to Make Things Better Without Making Them Worse. He also wrote F.I.R.E.: How Fast, Inexpensive, Restrained and Elegant Methods Ignite Innovation (HarperBusiness, 2014). Dan holds three engineering degrees and received the Bronze Star Medal for his service in Afghanistan.


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A Field Guide to Making Things Better Without Making Them Worse
Hardcover  (9780062301970) 
Published 05/2015  by HarperBusiness 
Price: $14.48 to $18.39
How Fast, Inexpensive, Restrained, and Elegant Methods Ignite Innovation
eBook  (9780062301918)  by HarperCollins 
Price: $14.99
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