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Old 12-20-2010, 01:28 AM   #1
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In a roundabout ongoing quest to understand minimal and slow product advancements in our trade I have come to realize certain things need to occur before a new product is born or service is launched.

For as long as I can remember I've lived my life with the mindset of Ďif it ainít broke, letís break it.í To my surprise I just found a book titled, If it Ain't Broke...Break It! written in 1991 by Authors Robert J. Krigel and Louis Patler discussing an unconventional line of thinking. I have yet to read the book, but it did not take me long to discover similarities in the thought processes. We don't have to accept the norm.

With an engineering mind, itís difficult to train myself not to break stuff, not to understand how something works and what itís purpose is or more importantly Ė can be. Naturally I want to take a product or process apart, discover a weakness and redesign it better, more productive and more efficient. While I think the authors book may be a good read, I also think not everyone is cut-out to have an unconventional outlook at least not within their own organization.

It appears many companies become too complacent within their own environment leading to a stagnant state of existence churning out meager status quo at best. This stagnant state leads to a lack of innovation along with product or service advancements, companies literally become stuck while they watch the competition get one-up on them. And here is what I say about those companies. "If you canít beat ĎemÖ donít join Ďem either because Ė really ó what good are you if you couldnít beat Ďem?" Ėjust sayin because we don't need another duplicate product on the market of equal lack of quality and innovation. If you simply replicate your competition, how will you ever stand out?

The only real way to advance is to break it and rebuild it with a different mindset. Build it better, more efficient, more useful -- just because itís not broke, doesn't mean you canít break it.

Just food for thought.
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Hell Yeah!!! That's exactly what I'm talking about right there. Where have you been?
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