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]
- Read: What is disruptive innovation? In the DigiLibrary. Find alternative ways to access the readings if you cannot get to the Digilibrary.
- Read: J. Gans (2016). The disruption dilemma. Medium.com
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.
- Watch: What is cloud computing? - by Salesforce. Non-technical, emphasis on business benefits
- Watch: What is the cloud? as fast as possible (only first 4 minutes)
- Read: What is cloud computing? A beginner’s guide - Microsoft Azure (just this first web page)
- Read and watch: What is cloud computing? Amazon Web Services (AWS). Read only the first page
- Read: What Do You Do When Employees Start Using a Free Cloud Service?
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]
- Read: The Business of Artificial Intelligence. In the DigiLibrary.
- Read: An Executive guide to AI. Find and explore the major types of machine learning.
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]
- Read: How to stop computers being biased. If you have trouble navigating the link, try the the DigiLibrary.
- Read: How Health Care Changes When Algorithms Start Making Diagnoses. If you have trouble navigating the link, try the DigiLibrary.
- Read: How Health Care Changes When Algorithms Start Making Diagnoses. In the DigiLibrary.
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]
- Read: AR Will Spark the Next Big Tech Platform—Call It Mirrorworld. If you have trouble navigating the link, try the DigiLibrary. This easy to read article describe the AR vision inspired by a Yale Professor.
- Read: Why every organization needs an AR strategy. A denser piece from M. Porter. In the DigiLibrary.
Tue. Mar. 5th - Virtual Reality [deck available]
- Read: The Wired guide to virtual reality. Become familiar with the terms. If you have trouble navigating the link, try the DigiLibrary.
- Watch: Facebook Social VR Demo. Facebook paid $3B for Oculus, the VR technology firm. Money well spent? What is the value creation? the capture?
- Watch: The holoroom how to - Lowe's VR initiative. What is the value creation? the capture?
- Watch: The holoroom next gen - What is the value creation? the capture?
- Read: Game over. In the DigiLibrary. Is it? What do you think?
Thu. Mar. 7th - Managing Innovation [deck available]
- Read: You are playing the wrong game! Learn to zone. A summary of the book by Moore "Zone to win"
- Watch: A Breakdown of the 4 Zones from Geoffrey Moore himself.
Tue. Mar. 19th - Design Thinking [deck available]
- Watch: Tim Brown urges designers to think big. An older Ted talk from the guru of the field, still worth watching.
- Read: A new design measurement and management model. In the DigiLibrary.
- Read: Why design thinking works. In the DigiLibrary.
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
- Read: Will Blockchain Transform Healthcare?
- Read: ASX looks to unleash blockchain technology on the Australian stock market
- Read: The Death of Supply Chain Management. In the DigiLibrary.
- Think about a couple of good questions for our guest. Ms. Iliana Oris Valiente, Managing Director at Accenture and blockchain expert. Dress code: regular school-wear (just avoid baseball caps and obvious sportswear). This will be a video conference.
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 sneakers, dental, and industrial parts
Thu. Apr. 11th - Robotics
- Read: What is a robot, anyway? In the DigiLibrary.
- Watch: The evolution of Boston Dynamics robots
- Watch: The DaVinci robotic suite
- Watch: The robots at Amazon
- Read: Will robots displace humans? In the DigiLibrary.
- Read: Why the world’s first robot hotel was a disaster. In the DigiLibrary.
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.