DI Class Schedule


Tue. Jan. 15th  - Intro to the course and its activities [deck available in the DigiLibrary]

  • Explore this web site.  What do you think Digital Innovation is? And - just as important - why is that  important to you and your career?  Bring your questions about the course (if any) to class.

Thu. Jan. 17th - Innovation cycles: Moore's and Gartner's [deck available]

  • Read: Darwin and the Demon: Innovating Within Established Enterprises. In the DigiLibrary.  Find alternative ways to access the readings if you cannot get to the Digilibrary.
  • Read: Gartner (2018). Understanding Gartner’s Hype Cycles.  Read the first 12 pages. In the DigiLibrary.
  • Treasure hunt: see if you can find find the 2018 Hype Cycle (HC) for Emerging Technologies, from the Gartner database (not the pdf in the digilibrary). Just take a pic of it with your phone. Try the interactive features of the HC.

Tue. Jan. 22nd - Disruption: theory and practice [deck available]

Thu. Jan. 24th - Value creation and capture [deck available]

  • Watch: How to design, test and build business models canvasses (BMCs). Osterwalder is the inventor of the BMC.  Osterwalder demonstrate how to apply the BMC to Nespresso. In class we will apply to other companies.
    In class, you might be asked to 1) explain what the components of a BMC are; 2) apply them to a specific business case.
  • Read: Create more value. In the DigiLibrary. Pay particular attention to the table describing how a business model can be changed to capture more value. Make sure that you understand the various techniques described in the table.

Tue. Jan. 29th - Cloud computing [deck available]

  • Read: What every CEO needs to know about the cloud. In the DigiLibrary. Be prepared to give a clear answer to the questions: what is the cloud, exactly? Why should business management care?
  • Read: How cloud computing is changing management.  An update to the McAfee piece.

Thu. Jan. 31th - Cloud computing [deck available]

I felt that discussion on Tue did not clarify sufficiently what cloud computing is for everyone in class (my fault).  So, I want to take a step back and revisit the topic, which is critical to understand modern digital innovation.  The following links contain alternative definitions of cloud computing  by the main vendors. Rater than focusing on subtle differences, come up with your own understanding of what the cloud/cloud computing is.  Find examples of computing that is not cloud computing.  If anything is not clear - write down a few questions and in class we will try to answer them.

Tue. Feb. 5th - Artificial Intelligence [deck available]

  • Read: McCarthy J. (2007). What is AI? / Basic Questions,  where Prof. McCarthy, the founder of modern AI,  answers the most commonly asked questions about the discipline. Skip the last Q&A.
  • Read: Artificial intelligence for the real world. In the DigiLibrary.
  • Search and post:  find a *cool* video on a real world AI application, classify it as an example of the three kinds identified by Davenport, and post the link to S:\Grazioli\DIGITAL INNOVATION COMM4250\AI videos.  Name the link  "yourlastname-AI app name/type"  e.g., grazioli-Amazon chatbot.

Thu. Feb. 7th  - Machine Learning [deck available]

Tue. Feb. 12th - Deep learning: Neural Networks [deck available]

  • Watch: But what is a neural network?  This is the best video that I could find in terms of striking a balance between being rigorous and relatively accessible.  What you will see is that machine learning gets very mathematical very quickly. Hang on! Try to develop some intuition about neural nets and what they really are, and bring to class some questions.
  • Watch: Watson visual recognition.   This short video describes one deep learning algorithm offered by IBM Watson.
  • Read: Autoglass bodyrepair.  This case study describes how an insurance business used deep learning.

Thu. Feb. 14th - AI Risks and Opportunities [deck available]

Tue. Feb. 19th - The Internet of things [deck available]

  • Read: Digital Ubiquity. In the DigiLibrary.
  • Read: How smart connected products are transforming companies. In the DigiLibrary.
    These two readings are rather heavy.  Lots of details, examples and companies. Do not get lost in the details. Try to extract the big ideas.  The good news is that these readings count for both Tuesday and Thursday.

Thu. Feb. 21th - The Internet of things [deck available]

  • Same readings as assigned for the previous meeting.

Tue. Feb. 26th - Drones [deck available]

  • Read: Drones - Reporting for work. A Goldman Sachs report. Get a sense of the addressable market.
  • Visit: the Airware website.  An example of a company selling drone services.
  • Read: Fast food via drone takes flight. In the DigiLibrary.  This is about the potential of the civilian drone economy.
  • Read: Several drone sightings close Britain’s second-biggest airport. In the DigiLibrary. This is about the risk and obstacles to the drone economy.

Thu. Feb. 28th - Augmented Reality [deck available]

Tue. Mar. 5th - Virtual Reality [deck available]

Thu. Mar. 7th - Managing Innovation [deck available]

Tue. Mar. 19th - Design Thinking [deck available]

Thu. Mar. 21th - Design Thinking - The project [deck available]

  • Watch: SPRINT This is a great overview of the SPRINT book assigned for the class and mentioned by Dan on Tuesday.  It is rather dense because it really condenses all the info in the book.   Get a sense of the overall process.
  • Read: the "Friday" chapter in the Sprint book.

Tue. Mar. 26th - Lean [deck available]

NOTE: we moved all slide decks to the DigiLibrary

  • Read: Embracing agile. In the DigiLibrary.  Agile and lean are two of the most important set of ideas about how to manage businesses. The paper is a good summary of key ideas by some of the leaders in this field.
  • Watch: The state of the lean start up
  • Read: Agile at scale. In the DigiLibrary. Proposes that an agile approach is feasible not just in startups, but also in larger organizations.

Thu. Mar. 28th - Autonomous vehicles [deck available]

  • Read: Autonomous-vehicle technology is advancing ever faster. These short articles are part of a report on the topic and are in the DigiLibrary
  • Read: New business models.
  • Read: A chance to transform urban planning.
  • Read: Self-driving cars will change the way people live.
  • Read: Rules of the road: sensible regulation.
  • Prepare a good question for Prof. Peter Norton from Engineering, our special guest for the day.  He is quoted in one of the readings.  He also recommends that you read his recent Wired article (optional).

Tue. Apr. 2nd - BlockChain (and Bitcoin)

  • Watch: How Bitcoin works under the hood (technical) or How Bitcoin works in five minutes (less technical). Two versions of the same story.
  • Read:The truth about Blockchain. In the DigiLibrary.
  • Read: Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System. In the DigiLibrary. This is the original work. It is rather technical, but it will give you bragging rights forever. Read the first three pages (up to section 4 included). Ask in class if something is not clear.

Thu. Apr. 4th - Blockchain

Tue. Apr. 9th - 3d printing

  • Read: The 3d printing revolution. In the DigiLibrary.
  • Read: The 3d printing playbook. In the DigiLibrary.
  • Meet in MAE RAPID PROTOTYPING AND MACHINE LABS (Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Rm 216a) NOT in the regular classroom. Think about a couple of good questions for our guest. Prof. David Sheffler, 3d printing expert.
  • Watch short videos about recent applications of 3d printing: shoes and sneakersdental, and industrial parts

Thu. Apr. 11th - Robotics

Tue. Apr. 16th - Platforms

  • Read: Strategies for two sided markets. In the DigiLibrary.

Thu. Apr. 18th - Network effect analysis

  • Read: Finding the platform in your product. In the DigiLibrary.

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