INNOVATION ENGINEERING

A framework to apply technology and create transformation aided by aligning human talent in an efficient, effective, and positive manner.

What is Innovation Engineering?

Innovation Engineering: A framework to apply technology and create transformation aided by aligning human talent in an efficient, effective, and positive manner. This framework offers practical guidance for creating transformation – whether in large firms, research labs, new ventures, or even innovative student projects.

Why is Innovation Engineering needed?

It is needed because smart teams with talented people and good plans often fail. Lots of activity does not always result in progress or insight. Slide presentations do not result in real life execution. Teams who use Innovation Engineering in their projects get higher quality results, they have 2 to 4 times more productivity, and they even feel happier about their projects.

How is it different from other approaches?

Innovation is complex and requires 2 fundamental components:

  1. Story narrative: This may include a system level technology strategy and business model.
  2. Execution while learning - Inductive learning allows discovery to happen during project execution which is needed for innovation.
  3. Human side of innovation: The team must work with the correct mindset, behaviors, and leadership

Recent insights

Coronavirus as a Learning Moment: How to Adapt in the Face of Rapid Change

By Ikhlaq Sidhu | March 11, 2020

A lot is going on in the world, particularly with the new Coronavirus. And, yes, this is a large concern for many people and firms around the world. Our programs at Berkeley are similarly impacted.  Last week, upon concerns for students and guests, we offered our Innovating 5G/AI class session over Zoom video conferencing for the first time. This week,…

5 Stages of Innovation

By Ikhlaq Sidhu | February 27, 2020

There are many famous frameworks ranging from McKinsey’s Three Horizons Model to the various types of innovation (e.g. disruptive, radical, incremental, etc.) and many more. Conceptually, they are all great. However, from a real life perspective, they tend to be more descriptive and less prescriptive. This means it’s helpful if all you want to do…

11 Thoughts on the State of 5G Networks

By Ikhlaq Sidhu | February 19, 2020

This week in Innovation Engineering, students continued the process of combining concepts from mobile executives, technical leaders, and students. Mostafa Essa, a Vodafone engineer, was this week’s guest speaker. He discussed the intersection of Radio Access Networks, AI, and Data Analytics. After just one month, here are a few notable things the class has discovered:…

The Impact of 5G on Existing Internet Systems

By Ikhlaq Sidhu | February 13, 2020

This week in Innovation Engineering, Lyle Bertz, who leads R&D at Sprint came to speak to the class about 5G and IoT. The session helped students understand the network and how it affects IoT.  Here are a few key outtakes from his presentation:   1. IoT will change network behavior. Currently, most networks are configured for…

12 Principles of Innovation Engineering

By Ikhlaq Sidhu | February 6, 2020

Innovation Engineering is a new framework developed by the Sutardja Center to apply technology and create transformation by aligning human talent in an efficient, effective, and positive manner.  This framework offers practical guidance for how – large firms, research labs, new ventures, and even student projects can execute their innovation projects and make their ideas…

Kick-off: Innovating 5G/AI Course in collaboration with GSMA

By Ikhlaq Sidhu | January 31, 2020

On January 24th, SCET kicked-off the first class of the Innovation Engineering 5G/AI course. In this advanced project course, students will be developing new data and AI related services that will be interesting for mobile communication companies and consumers. The class will collaborate with Global System for Mobile Communications (GSMA), who hosts the Mobile World…

SCET to use Innovation Engineering framework for Spring 2020 5G Course

By Ella Jensen | November 13, 2019

On October 12, SCET partnered with Global System for Mobile Communication, or GSMA, on a collaborative workshop on What’s Next for Data, AI for Telecom and 5G in preparation for a spring 2020 SCET course on innovating 5G and artificial intelligence. The workshop enabled a solid understanding of objectives and collaboration for spring 2020 course…

Innovation Engineering Workshop Paves the Way for Future Creation

By Kyle Giffin | October 25, 2019

Think of the process of innovation as learning to ride a bike. People can give you instruction, tell you how to balance and pedal your feet, but you won’t actually learn how to ride the bike until you get on and try it yourself. One problem with the modern education system is that students rarely…

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